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

Bonilla's Brief' Compendium.

On the sixteenth day of May, 1691,1 Teran set out from the Pre-
sidio of Coaguila with his men and baggage, travelling in a north-
erly direction. On the fourth2 of August following they arrived
at the Mission of San Francisco de los Texas, which the first dis-
coverer, Alonzo de Leon, had founded.
On the eighth of September,3 they met the company (genie) of
the captain of the sea-expedition, who had been on land since the
twentieth4 of July preceding, staying at the Bay of Espiritu Santo.
The ill-feeling (disgustos) and the disagreements which arose
between the governor and the missionary fathers5 rendered this ex-
pedition ineffectual. The lack of progress of the mission estab-
lished by Captain Alonzo de Leon, and the severe season, which
thus confirming the total, but disagreeing in the division, given by the
Breve Compendio and the Testimonio.
The Testimonio adds the statements that each soldier was to get four
hundred pesos, and that the object of the expedition was to put three
missions among the Texas, four among the Cadodachos, and one on the
Guadalupe River.
The account of Teran's expedition given by Espinosa is confused. Tala-
mantes recognizes the confusion, but does not clear it away, except in so
far as he shows that there could have been only one expedition under
TerAn, while Espinosa gives two.
'June, 1691 (Historia, Sec. 8). The date given in the Breve Compendio
is confirmed by the Descripcion y diaria demarcacion executada por el
General D. Domingo Teran, principiada en 16 de Mayo de 1691, y finali-
zada en 15 de Abl. de 1692. Memorias XXVII, fols. 23-74. According to
the Diario, the priests started on the same date, from the Mission of San
Salvador, and were joined by Teran and the soliders on the 20th.
'4th (Descripcion) ; 2d (Diario, and Historia, Sec. 7).
'October 26 (Historia, Sec. 7).
'2d (Descripcion).
'The Diario mentions no disagreements. The Descripcion, under date
of January 4, 1692, gives an account of Teran's asking the father commis-
sary at the Mission of San Francisco for some horses to continue his
journey, since his own were sadly diminished as a result of the severe
season. The father refused, though the horses were of little or no use in
the mission. Hints are given elsewhere in the document that the feeling
between TerAn and the religious in his party was not very cordial. The
Historia makes no suggestion as to any disagreement.

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