The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 43
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The Municipality of Harrisburg, 1835-1836
sentative, Isaac Batterson, on the committee at San Felipe.27
When the several municipalities had called the meeting of a
general consultation to take cognizance of the situation in which
Texas found itself, the Municipality of Harrisburg elected seven
delegates. Burnet's name is conspicuously lacking from the list.
Apparently the municipality chose to shelve Burnet's judicious
indecision and to follow De Zavala's inflammatory revolutionary
enthusiasm. The seven delegates were De Zavala, William Plunk-
ett Harris, Clement Clinton Dyer, David B. Macomb, John W.
Moore, George Moffett Patrick, and Meriwether Woodson
Smith.28 When the Consultation became the General Coun-
cil, Harris remained on as a member and Patrick as a super-
Among the acts of the Consultation was the selection of judges
for the several municipalities. For that of Harrisburg, Hosea H.
League was appointed first judge and Nathaniel Lynch second
judge.30 The duties of these officials appear to have been those
of justices of the peace, with the significant difference that the
second judge was not to act except during the absence or dis-
ability of the first judge. Although the municipality now had
judicial officials, it had neither executive nor legislative until
February 1, 1836, when an election for municipal officials was
held, along with that for delegates to the Constitutional Con-
vention. One hundred and forty-one votes were cast at five poll-
ing stations. When the returns were counted, the result showed
that Edward Wray had been elected alcalde, a position corre-
sponding roughly to that of mayor. Regidores, whose functions
were similar to those of aldermen or county commissioners, were
Nathaniel James Dobie, Clement Clinton Dyer, Jesse H. Cart-
wright, and Thomas Earle, Sr. Mills M. Battle and Abram
Roberts were elected sindicos procuradores, a species of county
attorney, and Adam Stafford elected sheriff.81 These officials were
of the American Historical Association for the Years 1919 and 1922, Washington
1924, 1928; Vol. III, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1926), III, 136.
27Telegraph and Texas Register, October 26, 1835-
2sWilliam C. Binkley (ed.), Oficial Correspondence of the Texian Revolution,
1835-1836 (2 vols.; New York, 1936), I, 39.
l9Ibid., I, 77; Gammel, Laws, I, 564-565.
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