The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 310
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petition, the governor restricted the number of cattle they were
to kill, and prohibited further slaughter, and also marking, or
branding of stock. In case the cabildo desired to make any im-
provements in the villa, for instance, if it wished to build a munic-
ipal hall or a prison, it had not only to secure the governor's per-
mission to erect the buildings in question, but had also to submit
the plans of the buildings for approval. After the specifications
had been accepted, however, the matter of construction seems to
have been entirely in the hands of the cabildo.1 The governor was
likewise appealed to in the matter of preserving order in the villa.
In one petition, for instance, the cabildo informed the governor
that the various members had witnessed many lawless acts while
making the nightly patrol in the execution of their duties, and
asked him to take steps to prevent the people from going upon
the streets so much at night, to preserve order in the fandangos,
which were frequently continued past the hour fixed by law, and
to re-publish the order for good government issued upon his en-
trance to office. The governor complied with this request although
he declared that these matters were within the peculiar province of
the cabildo.2 The power of the governor to grant land and the
subordfination of the cabildo in this respect are illustrated by a
petition presented to Governor Larios in 1745 by Thomasa de ]a
Garza, asking for a certain building lot.3 The governor granted
the petition, and ordered the cabildo to place her in possession of
the land in question. In obedience to these instructions, the
cabildo sent an ordinary alcalde-the alguacil mayor being absent
-to carry out the orders of the governor.
A summary of the municipal ordinances of the villa of Goliad,
although issued later than the period under consideration,4 will be
of value as illustrating the inner workings of a cabildo. Many
Minutes of cabildo for January 12, 1742, Libro de Cavildo, etc., 1742-
1749, Naoogdoches Archives.
2LExpediente concerning the preservation of order in the villa, February,
1783, B~xar Archives.
4Issued by the Constitutional Congress of Coahuila and Texas, 1829,
decree No. 99, B6xar Archives.
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