The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 311
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bexar. 311
of the usages at Goliad can be paralleled at San Fernando. The
title of these regulations is Municipal Ordinances for the Govern-
ment and Internal Management of the Ayuntamiento of the Villa
Part 1, chapter I, which consists of general provisions, declares
that the cabildo shall meet every Saturday from eight to eleven
for ordinary business sessions;1 that it may hold extra sessions
when necessary2-the president giving due notice of said meet-
ings; that the secretary shall keep the minutes of the ayunta-
miento; that all members may discuss business under considera-
tion; that a majority of one vote shall decide a question; and
that the regidor decano shall preside in case of the absence of the
The duties of the presiding officer are defined in the second
chapter of this division. These are, in general, to name the various
standing committees of the cabildo and to give instructions as to
the duties devolving upon the officers in consequence; to preside
over the meetings of the cabildo; to see that members attend regu-
larly-granting leave of absence when necessary; to preserve order
during the deliberations of the body; to extend the time of meet-
ings when necessary; and to see that the secretary keep the arch-
ives properly. The duties devolving upon the alcalde in addition
to those just named-which he exercised by virtue of the fact that
he was the presiding officer of the cabildo-were to see that the
'There was no fixed time for such meetings in San Fernando previous
to 1746. At that time Thursday was chosen as the time for meeting.
(Minutes of the cabildo, June 8, 1746, Libro de cavildo. etc., 1742-1749,
2Cf. Minutes of the cabildo, February 6 and 7, 1783, in Libro en que se
asienta to acordado en el cabildo, etc., 1783-1807, Btxar Archives.
COf. Report of election, December 1781, in Poseciones de Oficios, etc.,
1778-1784, Bbxar Archives.
'At San Feranando the governor and the justicia mayor sometimes pre-
sided at the meeting of the cabildo. (See election report 1763, B6xar
'No evidence has been found to shcv that the secretary kept the
archives at San Fernando as most of the documents bearing upon the
question are dated after the retirement of Arocha from office. The docu-
ments, however, do indicate that it was the duty of the whole cabildo to
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