Bonilla'8 Brief Compendium.
Xavier, which had been named, was lacking in the qualities requi-
site for the foundation, insomuch as the waters of the river, or
creek, offered no facilities for irrigating the fields, nor was the land
the most fertile,, nor the harvest of neophytes so great as the mis-
sionaries represented and finally that in case the missions asked for
should be established, the site of Orcoquisac seemed to him better.
Sundry reports were required (tomaronse), and, although the
disagreement between them made Don Fulano Vedolla and Auditor
Marques de Altamira hesitate in their dictamens, His Excellency
the Conde de Revilla Gigedo finally ordered, in a decree of the 1st
of February of the year 47, that three missions be established
in San Xavier, and that for their protection and preservation
seventeen1 soldiers be detached from the Presidio of los Adaes and
seven from la Bahia. The expenses of establishing them (cuyos
gastos) came to about sixteen thousand2 pesos.
Not content, the missionary religious solicited the erection of
a presidio with eighty or ninety troops. Although the official
opinions (pareceres) of His Excellency the Auditor, Marquez de
Altamira, worthy of eternal remembrance, adduced the most solid
arguments against this second request, which was made at the be-
ginning of the year 47, it was so insistently repeated, and sup-
ported by such favorable representations, that finally an order was
issued to the effect that, pending the decision as to the founding
of the [proposed] presidio, the missions of San Xavier should be
garrisoned with fifty men detached from the presidios of los Adaes,
Bahia del Espiritu Santo, [San Juan Bautista del] Rio Grande,
and Santa Rosa del Sacramento.
[Government of Don Pedro del Barrio y Espriella.]
From the year 48 on, Don Pedro del Barrio y Espriella was
governor ad interim of the province. Since the issue of the day
was the much-talked-of establishment of the new presidio and mis-
sions, he framed autos in which he demonstrated their uselessness
'One hundred and sixty (M).
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