The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898

226 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

In an article on Tribal Society, in the Quarterly for July, 1897,
I fell into the error of stating that Maria de Agreda was a Spanish
missionary lady who had been in Texas about 1630. I am gratified
to see this error corrected by Edmond J. P. Schmitt in the
Quarterly for October, 1897. The same error has been made by
others. Indeed, Manzanet's manuscript is misleading in that par-
ticular. I have never seen the original, but quote from the trans-
lation in the Texas State Library. He says: "At that time I was
living in the Mission of Caldera, in the province of Coahuila, where
I had gone with the intention of seeing whether I could find out
and obtain any information about the interior of the country to-
ward the north and northeast. As for the information which I
had so far, it was a letter which I had in my possession dated from
Madrid to our brother Antonio Linaz, this letter makes mention of
the statement which the blessed Mother Maria de Jesus de Agreda
imparted in her convent to the guardian father of New Mexico.
who was Brother Alonzo de Benavides. The blessed mother says
that she was many times in New Mexico, and in the great Quivira;
and coming out from the great Quivira towards the east, there are
the kingdoms of the Ticlas, the Theas, and the Cabuzcal; but she
says also that these names are not the proper ones of those king-
doms, but they resemble them. On account of that intelligence
which I had from Spain, and because it came expressly to the
department for the conversion of the infidels, I set out and visited
the missions of Coahuila," etc.
The closing paragraph of Manzanet's manuscript, as appears in
the above mentioned translation, is as follows:
"Since T have no more time, I shall only relate the most peculiar
event of all. It happened after distributing in the village of the
Tejas the clothing, both to the Indians and to the chief, that one
evening the chief of the Tejas told methatapiece of flannel had been
given to him for a shroud to bury his mother in when she should die.
When I spoke to him of a kind of cloth which was better, he said
to me that he did not want any other color but blue; and when I

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