The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 298
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
In accordance with these instructions, on July 20, 1731, Don Juan
Antonio Perez de Almazn, captain of the presidio of Bexar,
named all of the officers with the exception of the two alcaldes.
The officers thus appointed were installed on August 1, 1731.
They immediately held a meeting, and proceeded to the election
of the two judicial officers1 to whom they were entitled. These
two alcaldes took the oath of office on that day. Now, nothing
but the viceroy's approval was needed to complete the organiza-
tion of the cabildo of the villa of San Fernando de Bexar.2
Notification of the result of the election was forwarded at once,
but the viceroy's approval was not given until October 24, 1731,3
and over six months elapsed after the arrival of the Islefios before
they had a completely organized municipal government.
As has been said, the number of officers provided for was eleven.
These were to be six regidores,4 two alcaldes,5 one escribano de
consejo, one mayordomo de los bienes y propios, and one alguacil
mayor.6 To fill these offices, however, as will appear from the list that
follows, only nine men were needed; for the two alcaldes served
also as regidores. This became the custom. The men appointed
to these positions were: Juan Leal Goras, 1st regidor (regidor
decano), and first alcalde (de primero voto); Juan Curbelo, 2nd
regidor; Antonio Santos, 3d regidor; Salvador Rodriguez, 4th
regidor, and 2rnd alcalde (de segundo voto); Manual de Niz, 5th
regidor; Juan Leal Alvares, 6th regidor; Francisco de Arocha,
escribano de consejo y pmublico; An~tonio Rodriguez, mayordomo;
xWhen the Spanish cabildo was organized at New Orleans in 1769 by
Don Alexander O'Reilly four officers, two of whom were alcaldes, were
to be elected by the regidores. (Ordinances and Instructions of Don
Alexander O'Reilly, French, Historical Collections of Louisiana, V, 254.)
These instructions are but an abstract of the laws of the Recopilacion
applying to the organization of cabildos. They were closely followed at
San Fernando and are valuable evidence in the latter case as throwing
light upon the Spanish construction of these laws.
'Cf. Recopilacion, lib. V, tit. III, ley x.
'Ramo de Provincias Internas, XXXII, Doc. II. See appendix VI.
'Recopilacion, lib. IV, tit. X, ley ii.
5Ibid., tit. X, ley. i.
OFor the last named officers see ibid., tit. VIII, ley ii.
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