The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899

Discovery of Bay of Espiritu Santo. 281
TRANSLATION.
LILIA M. O4ASIS.
Translator's Note.
In this translation it has been attempted to keep in view not only the
faithful rendering into English of the Spanish original, but also, as far as
was practicable, the preserving of the naive and simple style of the Span-
ish letter.
In order to obtain this double result, as well as to secure a fairly smooth
English version, it has been necessary to break the unpunctuated Span-
ish original into sentences and periods, at times to vary connectives, and,
in a very few instances to interpret ambiguous or obscure passages. How-
ever, an earnest effort has been made not to take any undue liberties with
the original text. Reference to the original will show that the paragraph-
ing is the translator's almost throughout.
Proper names of persons have been retained unchanged, with the single
exception that the antiquated spelling with p has been, for popular con-
venience, changed to the modern z; thus, Siguena has been written Si-
guenza.
A few notes have been appended where they seemed absolutely neces-
sary. Particularly, attention has been called to the digressions which
often seem to break the narration with more or less abruptness; they are a
characteristic feature of the original.
Although I assume personal responsibility for the accuracy of the ren-
dering into English, yet the finished translation is to such a degree the re-
sult of the joint work of Dr. Garrison and myself that it must be essentially
considered as due to our united efforts.-LILIA M. CABIs.
LETTER OF DON DAMIAN MANZANET TO DON CARLOS DE
SIGUENZA RELATIVE TO THE DISCOVERY OF
THE BAY OF ESPIRITU SANTO.
My dear Don Carlos de Siguenza y G6ngora:-
The following is the narrative for which you ask me,
of the discovery of the 'bay of Espiritu Santo and the Rio de los
Tejas:-
In the year 1685-'86, His Excellency the Viceroy, who, at that
time, was Conde de Paredes, Marqu6s de la Laguna, gave orders
to the Marqu6s de S. Miguel de Aguayo, who was then governor
of the New Kingdom of Leon, to send out a company of cavalry
along the sea-coast lying north beyond Tampico, towards the Rio
Bravo and the Magdalena. And the said governor sent out fifty

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