The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 319
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bexar. 319
public and scandalous offenses. . . . 6 . . He shall also assist
with the judges ordinary at the visitation of prisoners, which shall
be made at the times prescribed by the regulation." The duties
exercised by the alguacil mayor of San Fernando must have been
practically the same as those here enumerated. In fact, evidence
could be adduced to prove that he actually performed nearly all
of them. He was, however, a great part of the time relieved of
his duties in connection with the superintendence of the prison
and the care of the prisoners, owing to the fact that there was no
jail for the town, and consequently the prisoners had to be kept
in the presidial guard house.1 His duties were therefore prac-
tically restricted to carrying out the orders of the governor, the
alcalde, and the cabildo, and to preventing, as far as lay in his
power, the commission of crimes.
The offices of mayordomo and procurador in the cabildo of San
Fernando were held by the same person. When he was first ap-
pointed at the initial organization of the cabildo in 1731, he bore
the title of mayordomo de los bienes y propios de la repuiblica. A
little later he was called, without any apparent preference, mayor-
domo or procurador and even sindico procurador general. At New
Orleans, however, the offices of mayordomo and that of procurador
were separate. According to the Ordinances and Instructions of
Don Alexander O'Reilly2 the procurador general of New Orleans
was "an officer appointed to assist the public in all their concerns,
to defend them, to pursue their rights and obtain justice, and to
pursue all other claims which have relation to the public inter-
est." It was his duty, therefore, to see that the municipal ordi-
nances were observed, and as far as possible, to prevent the occur-
rence of anything detrimental to the public welfare. In perform-
ing the last mentioned duty, he was to take steps, in the capacity
of attorney, to recover debts and revenues due the city funds, to
see that such officers of the cabildo as had to give bond should pre-
sent the proper securities and that all should discharge their
duties faithfully. According to thle Instructions "he was to be pres-
1Minutes of the cabildo for February 20, 1783, in Libro en que se
asienta lo acordado en el cabildo, etc., 1785-1807, B6xar Archives.
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