Declarations from José Maria Valdez, May 6, 1835, Goliad, Bexar [Translation]

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Valdez, José Maria, Declaraciones de José Maria Valdez, 6 de mayo 1835, Goliad, Bejar (May 4, 1835, May 6, 1835)

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Title: Declarations from José Maria Valdez, May 6, 1835, Goliad, Bexar [Translation]
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Author: Valdez, José Maria
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Publication date: 2010-06-07
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Translation: This document is an English translation of the "Declaraciones de José Maria Valdez, 6 de mayo 1835, Goliad, Bejar." Translated by Lorena Gauthereau-Bryson. The language of the original document is Spanish.
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Description: Two separate statements written on a single leaf of paper. The first relates to tonnage-duties and income earned from the principal. The second concerns the purchase of “500 shot-filled cartridges” for the Civic Militia. 1 p.
Source(s): Valdez, José Maria, Declaraciones de José Maria Valdez, 6 de mayo 1835, Goliad, Bejar (May 4, 1835, May 6, 1835)
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Languages used in the text: English
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Keywords: Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus
  • Correspondence
Keywords: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Tonnage fees--Texas--Goliad
  • Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)--Militia--Equipment and supplies
  • Cartridges--Purchasing--Texas--Goliad
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  • Mexico (nation)
  • Texas (state)


No. 1

Goliad Receiver’s office = All the stocks that this Receiver’s office could rely on for the interesting objective that you indicated in your official note, dated today, have been sent and only a small quantity of tonnage duties exist, the only one which this obedient Receiver’s office could facilitate for the executive’s superior resolution– nonetheless, I will personally see if the State can pay if my efforts have the desired effect on the first earnings’ [1] deposit in agreement with the principal: Upon writing [...] this letter, I have the satisfaction of offering my affection and distinguished respects = God and Liberty: Goliad, May 4, 1835 = [Illegible: Encarnacion] Vasquez = Interim Mayor Guadalupe de los Santos=

No. 2

= I have been informed, through your official note, dated yesterday, in the name of this City Council [...] to reclaim from me all the Civic Militia’s arms and all the sums that are said to have been in my power since the year 1833, the collected contributions that pertain to the Civic Militia’s funds, and the 500 shot-filled cartridges that headquarters ordered to be made with funds owned by [Illegible: said] Militia; to the first I say, regarding the number of arms that correspond to the mentioned company that must be returned in these terms, there are 20 in existence, and there are receipts for the rest that [Illegible: justify] finding them, in individual licenses by the same, by order of the Council I speak before. Regarding the second point, I reply that only 44 pesos of contributions made in the year 33Regularized:1833, which you can count on for the objectives that you indicate to me, are in my possession, I must note that I do not have the respective list right now, but I offer to bring a copy of it to headquarters on my return to BejarRegularized:Bexar – I depart tomorrow. Regarding the third and last point, I respond in respect to what was collected to aid the Militia funding, it is strange that it is being demanded of me when you can testify that no stocks were turned in to me and could only have been credited to the account corresponding to the same year by the deceased Dndon Juan Jose Hernandez, who acted as Mayor in 1832, and signed by you, as depositary; but now, speaking of the 500 cartridges that are being demanded of me, the Council does not have anything [Illegible: to do] with said cartridges, despite the fact that the headquarters ordered them to be made. I can assure you that said cartridges were


made with my own powder and lead, however, the Council of that year attempted to satisfy me with the promissory note that is in my power, it was uncollectable after I had made the sacrifice of [...] 30, I obtained only 200, which I had at my disposal because they were mine. I believe that what I have presented has answered your official note and I will be satisfied if this defense is taken to the Head of the Department, who can conveniently resolve it.

God and liberty: Goliad May 6, 1835= Jose MiglMiguel [Illegible: Aldrate]=
=C.Citizen Mayor Jose GuadeGuadalupe Santos.
Authentic copies made from the originals that were sent to the BejarRegularized:Bexar Headquarters.
Goliad, May 8, 1835,
Jose Maria Valdez
J. GuadeGuadalupe de los Santos.

Translator's Notes

The phrase “on the first earnings” is repeated here.

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Date: 2010-06-07
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