Bonilla's Brief Compendium.
RipperdA. I shall therefore now state those which he made in the
time of His Excellency the Marquez de Croix, trying [meanwhile]
to bring this compendium to a speedy close, so as not to render it
PROPOSITIONS MADE BY COLONEL VARON DE RIPPERDA, GOVERNOR OF
TEXAS, TO HIIS EXCELLENCY THE MARQUES DE CROIX.
1st. That authority should be given to recruit in Luisiana three
hundred French chasseurs, who, formed into one or two companies,
should be employed in the war against the Indians of the North,
being assigned the same pay [as that] which the soldiers of the
2d. That in the hill country of los Almagres a presidio should
be erected with two hundred men as a garrison, so that under its
protection the precious metal might be taken from a gold mine,x
which, abounding in numerous very rich veins, offers profits for
more than four hundred owners.
3d. That the sum of eight or ten thousand pesos should be
appropriated, with the order that the citizens of the Villa of San
Fernando should assist in the building of a fortification in the
Presidio of Vexar, capable of mounting from twelve to fourteen
cannon, at least four-pounders.
1st. These deliberations were passed to the knowledge of Lieu-
tenant-Colonel Don Hugo de Oconor. After the consideration of
his dictamen, the proposed recruit of Frenchmen was not con-
sidered expedient; however, to the end of restraining the savages
who were engaging in hostilities against the Villa of San Fer-
nando and the Presidio of Bexar, order was given to reorganize
this [presidio] with fifty men from los Adaes, an equal number
from San Sabas, thirty-one from Orcoquisac, and fifty Indians
from the missions. These are all still in that post [Bexar] today,
with the exception of the twenty-nine men who were withdrawn
to San Sabas, by order of His Exccllency the present viceroy.
'Cf. p. 54, where the los Almagres mine was called a silver mine.
21. e., the action taken by the government with reference to Ripperda's
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/. Accessed May 1, 2016.