The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 128
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turning them to the ayuntamiento. Those persons whose names
then headed the lists should consider themselves appointed as
Only one instance of such an appointment in Gonzales is on
record. On April 18, 1834, having been asked by the political
chief for nominations for a primary judge, the ayuntamiento of
Gonzales sent to him these names in this order: "Botholomer"
D. McClure, Ezekiel Williams, Andrew Ponton, Benjamin Fuqua.
On the 21st of the same month the names were returned in the
following order and shape: Ezekiel Williams, "Bartolomi D. M.
Clure," Benjamin "Faqua," Andrew Ponton. Whereupon Ezekiel
Williams assumed his duties as judge.
One of the most striking features in the colonization of Texas
was the important part that was taken by the colonists from the
beginning in managing their own affairs. The lack of supervision
on the part of the central government as regards the municipality
now under consideration very well illustrates this fact. During
much of the time in the early period of the colony, there was no
one in that section of the country who understood the Spanish
language. Correspondence with the central authorities was usually
carried on by way of San Felipe, and was therefore very unsatis-
factory. Until the appointment of the ayuntamiento there is on
record only one attempt on the part of the Spanish authorities to
obtain direct information concerning the state of affairs in this
colony. This was by means of a personal visit of the political
chief, Ram6n Musquiz. While on a tour of inspection through
some of the municipalities of his department, he visited Gonzales
and sent to the governor a detailed report of conditions there.2
This seems to have been part of the political chief's official func-
tions,3 though no record of another such visit has been found.
As soon as the ayuntamiento was appointed, however, it became
necessary for the political chief to attempt to carry on a regular
correspondence with this municipality. The reason for this was
that one of the duties of the political chief was to send to the cap-
ital detailed information concerning all the municipalities in the
department over which he presided. As soon, therefore, as the
alcalde, Ezekiel Williams, had begun his duties, he received in-
structions concerning the kind of reports that were to be made to
1Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas, decree no. 262 (Sayles,
Early Laws of Texas, 94-97).
2 Ram6n Musquiz to governor, July 17, 1831. Bexar Archives.
a Governor Letona to political chief, June 10, 1831. Bexar Archives.
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