The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

Bonilla's Brief Compendium.

dian] chief and all his nation. When mass was over, the ceremony
of raising the standard in the King's name was gone through with,
possession was taken of the country, and the Mission of San Fran-
cisco de los Texas was founded.'
VI.
[Third Entrada, by Don Domingo Teran de los Rios.]
Report was given to His Majesty of these entradas, and of Cap-
tain Alonzo de Leon's having disclosed the fertility and abundance
of that province,2 and the anxious desire with which the Texas In-
dians were beseeching that missionaries be sent to them, for their
conversion to our Holy Faith. [The report] set forth (manifes-
tando) that in pursuance of this purpose (con este motivo) extensive
neighboring territories would be discovered and reduced to sub-
jection. Finally, the King was informed of the pious tradition that
the Texas Indians were some of the fortunate Indians whom the
Venerable Sister Maria de Agreda used to visit and teach.3 On
1The Testimonio adds the statement that some missionaries were in
De Le6n's party. As the license of the soldiers was likely to work dis-
affection among the Indians, only a small guard was left at the mission.
The Carta and the Historia, while more detailed, agree substantially
with the Breve Compendio and the Testimonio.
2Aquellas Provincias (A).
'The Testimonio (Sec. 25) sums up the whole report in the words, "His
Majesty being informed of the undertaking."
The Historia mentions Leon's report to the viceroy, and says that the
viceroy was influenced by the "fine faces and splendid personal appear-
ance" of three Indians whom Le6n had sent to Mexico, and by the father's
[Manzanet's] report toward holding "a junta general upon advice of the
king, in which an expedition into Texas by land and sea was decided
upon."
In the concluding paragraph of the Carta, Manzanet tells a story of
being asked by the governor of the Tejas for a piece of blue baize to bury
his mother in when she died. "I told him that cloth would be more suit-
able, and he answered that he did not want any color other than blue
. . . , that they were very fond of that color, particularly for burial
clothes, because in times past they had been visted by a very beautiful
woman, who used to come down from the hills, dressed in blue garments
, that it had been before his time, but his mother, who was aged,
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