The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 65
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Texas in 1820
though, before the revolution, we counted upon the funds from
the mesteiias--which amounted to from fifteen to eighteen thou-
sand pesos and upon the fund from the publico which amounted
to two or three thousand pesos-they were never set aside for
public use but, in the end, the governor took possession of them
for the use of the troops of this garrison, for whom they were
expended. They can be reclaimed from the amount due the troops
in the treasury until April 1, 1813, when were mustered out the
flying squadron of Bexar and of Alamo de Parras, the militia
companies of Texas, and the auxiliaries of the Colony [of Nueva
Santander] and of Neuva Reyno de Le6n, to whom the funds
were paid, as the paymaster of the company of Bexar, at that
time, Alferez Don Manuel Delgado, who is in that city, can in-
form you. The necessary evidence cannot be sent from here, be-
cause, during the revolution, the accounts, books, and other docu-
ments which were in the chest of said fund of mesteias y publico
11th. That for the purpose of raising new funds or for in-
creasing those collected, there should be placed at the disposal of
this ayuntamiento, with exact notices and reports, the proceeds
from the cattle, horses, and mules of unknown owners collected
since the year 1814 or 1815 up to the present time. This ac-
count must be in possession of the governor of the Province of
Texas or that of the paymaster of Bexar. The cattle, horses, and
mules of this character should remain at the disposal of this body,
of the sindico procurador, or of the treasurer who may be selected,
in order that, having been sold to the highest bidder within the
time that may be considered proper, the resulting proceeds shall
be applied to the fondo de proprios of this city which, until now,
amounts to nothing. Consequently the ayuntamiento lacks funds
for its necessary activities. The citizens should be permitted to
round-up wild horses. This by order of the Commandant-Gen-
eral, Don Joaquin de Arredondo, they are prohibited from doing,
because it is alleged that they wish to make this their sole occu-
pation. The old established custom should be enforced of pay-
ing two reales per head, and of rounding them up only in the
months from November to February or March. This rule should
apply to the soldiers as well as to the civilians.
12th. That the system in practice since the above mentioned
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