The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 328
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328 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
ices, while the depositary general was to be paid a certain per cent.
of the money placed in his care.' Since no account-books of the
cabildo have been found in the B6xar Archives for the period un-
der discussion, one can not be sure that this custom was followed
at San Fernando; and, if so, no idea of the amount these officers
may have received can be formed. According to the Ordinances
and Instructions, escribanos were likewise, to receive certain fees
for drawing up legal documents, and performing certain other
duties. This officer at San Fernando could not have received a
very large amount; for, in 1757 Francisco Joseph de Arocha pre-
sented a petition to the cabildo praying to be relieved of the duties
of his office on the ground that it did not yield enough to support
his family.2 In regard to what the alguacil mayor received the
information is a little more complete. The Ordinances and In-
structions of O'Reilly provided Ibhat the alguacil mayor should re-
ceive a sum amounting to one tenth of a debt in case there was
any delay in the payment of the same after executions had been
levied. He was, likewise, to receive certain amounts for arrests.8
In a meeting of the cabildo of San Fernando, February 20, 1783,
it was decided that the prison fee of ten reales pier prisoner, usually
paid to the alguacil mayor, should be placed in possession of the
depositario de propios to be kept for the purpose of building pris-
ons, as the prisoners were at that time kept in the presidial guard
house, and the alguacil was therefore relieved of this duty. Later
in 1800, the cabildo decided to pay to the alguacil mayor eight of
the ten reales usually paid for each prisoner.4 As to the payment of
the procurador no evidence at all has been found.
'Table of Fees Demandable by Judges, Lawyers, Escribanos, Attorneys,
and Other Officers of Justice, appendix to Ordinances and Instructions.
"Table of Fees, etc., 288.
'Libro en que se asienta lo acordado en el cabildo, etc., 1783-1807, Bfxar
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