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    Ramon Musquiz Letters (13) Written Political Chief of the Department of Texas. Thirteen letters, all approximately 6.25" x 8"; Bexar, Circa 1831. Musquiz is writing in his official capacity as chief of the Department of Texas. All letters are addressed to the Alcalde at Goliad regarding day-to-day legislative matters, including a cholera epidemic and court proceedings involving Anglo emigrants.

    In a letter dated March 16, 1831, Musquiz acknowledges that he has received the official note that accompanied the sender's report regarding the current smallpox epidemic. He writes: "I am informed of the good effects produced by the activity and zeal with which the members of the sanitary commission have given treatment to those unprotected..." He follows up with a letter on March 30 sending word that he has requested three loads of barley "as this grain is one of those recommended for the curative system of Mr. Muñoz and is not produced in any of these municipalities..." Writing a month later on April 27, Musquiz informs the Alcalde that the epidemic appears to have nearly ended.

    Another topic that dominates is discussion of emigrants, and the strain they are putting on the courts. In a letter dated March 29, 1831, Musquiz describes a case regarding a land dispute: "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 previously had acquired it from Jose Luso as stated by you in yours of the 25th this [month] I need to have in hand the concession deed given for said land to Galan..."

    Musquiz, a strong supporter of Anglo colonists, asks the Alcalde to keep tabs on foreigners passing through his municipality. In a letter dated April 27, 1831, he writes, "...with your three notices date 31 January, 28 February, 31 March, received, I have the information on the number of foreigners who have appeared there during those months along with their destinations & object in going there, in the municipality in your charge."

    In a letter dated November 8, 1831, he writes that he will forward the Alcalde's letter to the Governor in hope of getting additional help for the courts: "By the next mail I will direct to the Governor of the State your petition of the 3rd in which you describe the inconveniences that occur in the administration of justice in that court, to the foreigners of the immediate colonies who lack knowledge of the language of the country, soliciting for that reason the rights that correspond to interpreters be clarified..."

    Condition: Condition varies, with all letters having toning and bold ink. Most of the letters are on a single sheet, and in those instances, the left margins are uneven where an integral sheet has been detached. A few of the letters have dampstaining, and some evidence of mold.

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