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

Bonilla's Brief Compendium.

proposed to undertake at his own cost a campaign against them;
but under the express condition that Governor Orobio should have
no part in it further than to place at his disposal the auxiliaries
for which he should ask. His request [for permission to undertake
the campaign. was granted. The result was that, after multiplied
hardships and frequent reports, he irritated the enemy more. He
also discovered a main range of mountains, which stretches oppo-
site the said presidio, and passes along the banks of the Guadalupe
River toward the Apache country (Apacheria), with no other place
of entrance, because of its impassable roughness, than a narrow
pass, which facilitates the ingress of the Indians. Yet, after all,
he claimed that the fruit of his vigilance should be rewarded by
the addition of a hundred men to the forty [-four] of whom the
garrison of his presidio was composed, thus assuring the re-estab-
lishment and good order of the province.
It is true that by the common agreement of all intelligent persons
of former and present times, it is in [the Presidio of] *San Anto-
nio* de Vexar that the troops are needed, [and] not in that of los
Adaes or La Bahia dcl Espiritu Santo; for, while the former has
always experienced the cruelty of the Apache nation, the latter
have enjoyed the greatest tranquillity. The reasons for this notable
difference, however, I shall bring to view when I come to treat
of the revistas and plans of His Excellency the Marques de Ruby.
XVII.
[Government ad interim of Don Thomas Phelipe Winthuisen.]
Don Thomas Felipe Wintuisen succeeded Orobio ad interim; he
governed two years and a half, beginning in the year 1741, without
the occurrence of any noteworthy events except that the Apaches
with their craftiness kept stealing the droves of horses, and scalp-
ing the soldiers and citizens who, through carelessness or overmuch
confidence, fell into their treacherous hands.
In this term Urrutia again urged that he be permitted to go out
on a campaign against the Apaches, or that, in default of this, a
presidio be erected on the banks of the Guadalupe River; both
propositions, however, were rejected, and he was urged to stand
on the defensive. In the year 1743 was had the first intelligence

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