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    Ramon Musquiz Archive. Group of 15 official Letters Signed "Ramon Musquiz" to the Alcalde at Goliad all with manuscript heading "Headquarters of the Department of Bejar", multiple dates during the year 1831. As follows: LS, one page 8vo, regarding smallpox: "From the official memo that accompanied your notice of the district of those stricken with the smallpox epidemic, I am informed of the good results produced by the activity and seal of the sanitary commission..." LS, 8vo, March 15, 1831, stating that officials are not exempt from legal procedures and associated court costs. LS, 3pp. 8vo, March 23, 1831, transmitting a decree made by Bustamente reinstatement of a tax "until the current revolution is ended..." LS, one page 8vo, regarding a convoluted land transaction: "...In order to resolve the doubts caused by the land granted to citizen Tomas Galan, then sold by him to the foreigner Benjamin Briole and which is opposed by the citizen Francisco Garcia on behalf of the foreigner Nicolas Gracia who had previously acquired it from Jose Luso..." LS, one page 8vo, March 29, 1831, acknowledging receipt of a report on the smallpox situation in Goliad an notes his pleasure that the Sanitary Commission is working so diligently to combat the epidemic. LS, one and a quarter page 8vo, March 30, 1831, regarding a cure for the smallpox epidemic: "As soon as the smallpox appeared in this city as agreed by the Sanitary Commission I procured copies of the measures most necessary to attend to curing the epidemic in this entire department, it was necessary to send to the capital of the state for three loads of barley which has been received late, and as this grain is one of those recommended for the curative system of Mr. Muñoz and is not produced in any of the municipalities, I have at your disposition one third which you may use..." Great content LS, 2pp. 8vo, April 6, 1831, regarding the influx of foreigners in the area: "... The Commissioner of the town of Guadalupe Victoria advises me that the proportion of foreigners that there are established within ten leagues of the Guadalupe River to the Arroyo de la Vaca and of the multitude that are disembarking at that port without stating their destination or purpose... it is indispensable that you demand that said Commissioner inform me of the number of foreigners who are established at said points..." LS, one page 8vo, April 12, 1831, routine content explaining why a correspondence was not answered. LS, one page 8vo, April 27, regarding statistics on contagion of smallpox in children. LS, one page 8vo, April 27, acknowledging receipt of information on foreigners there. LS, one page 8vo, April 27, regarding a will and disposition of a donation left to the church. LS, one page 8vo, April 28, 1831, stating that the governor has advised him that the honorable congress as required by the state constitution named the permanent deputation to consist of Grande, Musquiz, Aguirre, and as alternate Sr. Careaga and Musquiz as treasurer. LS, one page 8vo, Nov. 8, 1831, communication related to a petition regarding the inconveniences that occur in administration of justice in the court systems to foreigners in the immediate colonies who lack knowledge of Spanish. LS, one page 8vo, Nov. 23, 1831, routine correspondence acknowledging receipt of a circular.

    Also an ALS to Jesus de la Garza, 2 and a quarter pages, small 8vo, March 7, 1839 with great content regarding his thought on government. He writes to Garza: "if men were just and consistent he would be satisfied with any form of government, but unfortunately for humanity the contrary is true and even the most just cause which is defended loses much and worsens for the proceedings... considering the events at Saltillo which should not influence positively or negatively the revolution... use all your influence to avoid a state of anarchy..." Much more great philosophical content.

    Overall condition is very good with light dampstaining to a few letters. Great primary content providing insight to the early settlements in the region. Musquiz was a great supporter of immigration of Anglos to Texas and often acted on their behalf to the authorities, particularly on the topic of slavery. However his loyalties would always remain to Mexico. Musquiz was present at the fall of the Alamo; it is said he helped in the identification of the defenders. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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