The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 327
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1lMunicipal Government of San Fernando de B6xar. 327
it is probable that he did, and that he also kept the archives in
order, and that the cabildo inspected both at the end of each
In regard to the payment of municipal officers the information
is too fragmentary to be of much value. It was the intention of
the government to pay the salaries of the regidores out of the reve-
nues from the town lands." This land, however, could not have
yielded any very large amount. Certain expenses of the cabildo
also had to be paid from the same fund.2 In 1745, because the
existing town lands yielded little or no revenue, the cabildo de-
cided to lay off new bodies of such lands which would be better
situated and hence more productive. These new lands were to be
divided into nine blocks which were to be rented at twelve reales
each.8 Whether this means per week, month, or year cannot be
determined. In any case, the amount would not have been large
even if the fund were increased by money paid for water privileges,
from money arising from fines, occupation taxes, etc. Then, when
other necessary expenses were paid, such for instance as those in-
curred in the building of a municipal hall and prison,4 the regi-
dores must have received small compensation for their services.
Some of them may have received fees from other sources. Ac-
cording to the Instructions of Don Alexander O'Reilly the alcalde
mayor provincial and the officers of the Saint Hermandad were to
ceive certain fees for signatures and sittings, the two regidores
appointed to hear appeals were to receive pay for these same serv-
2Libro de Cavildo, etc., 1742-1749, Nacogdoches Archives.
'In 1742, the cabildo decided to build a municipal hall and a prison,
and contracted with Antonio Rodriguez y Mederos to haul the stone for
the building for one hundred and seventy pesos. In 1745, the same body
contracted with Manuel de Caravajal to haul the stone for one hundred
pesos as the first contract had not been fulfilled. In 1749, it decided, as
there was no money to finish the munici "11 hall and the prison, to borrow
a sufficient amount to roof and white-"ash the buildings, promising to
pay the money back as soon as any municipal funds were collected (Libro
de Cavildo, etc., 1742-1749, Nacogdoches Archives.) This shows what
straits the villa must have been in for money.
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