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fathers of Texas not only made representation against suppressing
(la providencia de reformar) the Presidio of Nuestra Sefiora de
los Dolores, but also petitioned that its former force and that of
the Presidio of los Adaes should be doubled, and that, in case their
request should not be granted, the captains of the Presidios should
place at their disposal competent guards for the missions and for
separating the apostate Indians from among the heathen.
The Brigadier Don Pedro de Rivera refuted these propositions
in a well written dictamen ; and the father president,2 Fray Miguel
Sevillano, since he could not carry out his ideas, appealed to His
Majesty, complaining of the measures of the government.
His Excellency the Marques de Casafuerte was asked in royal
cidula of the 7th of June, 1730, for his report; Don Pedro de
Rivera repeated his, with even more solid, and [well] established
arguments than before. Testimony was taken, and sent to His
Majesty, who deigned to dispatch another royal cedula, of July 3,
1733, approving the viceroy's action.
The governor, Don Melchor de Media Villa, was not free from
responsibility (no dexo de tener parte) for the representations
which the Padre Sevillano had made. Suspicions of this, his ap-
peals, full of vain fears, and the fact that the term of his governor-
ship was ended, furnished reasons for removing him therefrom.
[Government of Don Juan Bustillo y Zevallos.]
At the suggestion of the Brigadier Don Pedro de Rivera, Don
Juan Bustillo y Zavallos, Captain of the Presidio of la Bahia, en-
tered upon the government of the province at the beginning of the
In this term was founded the villa which is next to the Presidio
of Vexar; the Sefior Casafuerte would not have it given his name,
but [favored giving it] that of San Fernando in honor of His
1The dictamen in the technical sense here used was an official document
presented in response to the viceroy's order, generally reviewing the facts
in the case, and advising the government as to how it should act.
'The ecclesiastic having general oversight and control of the Texas mis-
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