Bonilla's Brief Compendium.
and other trifles (maritatas) which are pleasing to them, and had
shown a desire for their goodwill in return, consigning to oblivion
the crimes up to that time perpetrated, they made return, as they
were leaving, with the outrageous deed of surprising two citizens
[of the villa], inhumanly cutting them to pieces. The governor,
therefore, saw himself compelled to reinforce the Presidio of San
Antonio de Vexar with twenty-five men from those of La Bahia,
Adaes, and San Juan Bautista del Rio Grande, and to fortify it,
to keep it safe from an invasion by the enemy in case they were
planning one, of which there were more than sufficient indications.
The governor secured little advantage from his zealous measures,
not because the Apaches could withstand them, but because the
captain of the Presidio of Vexar and the citizens of the villa cal-
umniated him before His Grace1 Don Juan Antonio de Vizarron,
bringing against him the charge, among various others, that he had
allowed the French to move the Post of Nachitoches a musket-
shot further within our territory. This furnished a reason for his
being removed from the government of the province, on the ground
that he was a traitor to the King.
[Government of Col. Don Carlos Benites Franquis de Lugo.]
It happened that at this juncture Colonel Don Carlos Franquis
had recently come from Spain with the right of succession to the
governorship2 of Tlascala which he found occupied; and in con-
sideration of this, that of Texas was conferred upon him ad interim
by His Illustrious Excellency, the Archbishop Viceroy.
The events (lances) which occurred in the short space of a year,
the time that the governorship of Franquis lasted, are as public as
[they are] scandalous; he showed plainly his haughty, precipitant,
stormy temper in his indiscretions and in the insolence with which
he treated the missionary religious, all the inhabitants of the prov-
ince, and his predecessor, Sandoval.
"El Ylustrisimo y Exelentisimo Seror."
2Con la futura del Govierno.
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