The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 326
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326 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
judge when this measure was necessary to secure judgment; and
that the fifth had charge of all unclaimed property falling to the
king. The sixth regidor, since he had only to vote in the cabildo
need not be discussed.
The escribano at San Fernando de B6xar, who was the only
member not having a vote, acted both as secretary of the cabildo
and as notary public. Hence, one can not always be sure, in any
particular case considered, in which capacity he was acting. Fran-
cisco Joseph de Arocha was the first and only man who served as
escribano at San Fernando during the eighteenth century. He
kept the minutes of the cabildo, signing them with the other mem-
bers.1 H-fe, likewise, drew up various legal documents, and took
depositions in lawsuits before the alcaldes.2 He also performed
various duties assigned him by the alcaldes or by the governor. On
one occasion, for instance, he went at the governor's order, with
the alcalde and the alguacil mayor to see whether or not Juan Leal
G oras had gone beyond the limits of his lands as charged by
Joseph Padr6n.3 He often served notice upon interested parties
of the orders of the alcaldes and the governor. In New Orleans,
the duty of preserving in the archives all the papers concerning
the cabildo or its proceedings was assigned to the escribano.4 The
evidence as to the method followed in this particular at San Fer-
nando is scant. It is clear, however, that it was the duty of the
whole cabildo to oversee the archives, and form inventories of
documents contained therein. Arocha. signed these inventories,
as long as he served as escribano, with the rest of the cabildo.5
Other duties performed by this officer were the keeping of certain
municipal and other accounts; but no records have been found of
municipal accounts previous to eighteen hundred, and it cannot
be proved that Arocha performed the duty in question, although
1Minutes of the cabildo, in Libro de cavildo, etc., 1742-1749, Nacogdoches
2'Expediente in case of Joseph Padr6n vs. Juan Leal Goras, 1733-1734,
'Ordinances and Instructions of Don Alexander O'Reilly, Section 8.
'Inventories for 1745, 1746, Nacogdoches Archives.
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