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at San Xavier. He brought to view the advantages which the San
Marcos River offered for the purpose, equally because. of the
abundance of its waters, which enrich the surrounding lands, and
because of its being the only barrier which impedes the ingress
of the Northern Indians into the interior of the province.
The governor exerted himself in vain, since it was alleged against
him that, being influenced by'mischievous prejudices, he was giv-
ing false information. It was necessary, therefore, to adopt the
measure of commissioning an impartial person to make inquiry
[into the question].
Don Josef de Eca y Musquiz, lieutenant of the Presidio of Santa
Rosa del Sacramento, was therefore selected, with an allowance
equivalent to one soldier's salary as a gratuity, or an addition to
his pay. He discharged his duties with such felicity and satisfac-
tion to the interested parties, that in junta de guerra y hacienda
held on the 11th day of March, 1751, the establishment of the
presidio, with allowance for fifty troops as its endowment, was de-
cided upon. This had been solicited for six years, for neither the
heavy expenses which this project demanded, nor the solid argu-
ments with which it was opposed, could dislodge the ideas of the
petitioners. Experience afterward justified [these objections].
Grievous events occurred, in which the reputation of many persons
suffered, the King's royal treasury paying for it all in such fashion
that even to this day the mischief has not been completely undone.
[Government of Lieut.-Col. Don Jacinto de Barrios y Jauregui.]
At the close of the year [17] 51, Lieutenant-Colonel Don Jacinto
de Barrios y Jauregui took possession, by royal appointment, of the
government of Texas. It is hard to relate the events that occurred
in his term in such a way as not to fall into the error of telling
them too early or too late; but, keeping so far as possible to an or-
derly method, not confusing or complicating the questions in hand,
I shall try to elucidate everything with [all] possible distinctness
and brevity.
The office of captain of the new Presidio of San Javier was con-
ferred upon Don Felipe Rabago y Teran. As soon as he arrived at

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