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

Bonilla's Brief Compendium.

College of Texas.' This copy is hereafter designated in this paper
as A. 2. The first document in volume 27 of the Memorias de
Nueva Espaia. A copy2 of this, in the possession of The University
of Texas, and used by me, is herein designated as M. 3. Docu-
ment No. 9 in volume 43, Secci6n de Historia, Archivo General.3
4. A document in volume 302 of the same collection.4
The text from which the subjoined translation is made has been
obtained by a comparison of M and A. The text is mainly that of
A, which bears prima facie evidence of greater accuracy, except in
a few instances. For convenience in collation, however, M is taken
as the basis.
There are numerous differences between these two texts, in me-
chanical form and in content. A, for example, uses more abbrevia-
tions than M; it usually writes out numbers, while M, for the most
part, uses numerals; it often uses older forms than M does. M
often omits individual words, or even phrases or sentences, which
are found in A. Occasionally, however, M is fuller than A, notably,
in that it contains the appended Nota del Padre Colector,5 which
A lacks. Different words are often used at corresponding places
in the two manuscripts, especially words of nearly the same form,
or of nearly the same meaning.6 As to the relationship of these four
'Formerly a part of the collection gathered in Mexico and carried to
Europe by Ramirez, a member of Maximilian's cabinet. After Ramirez's
death, his collection became scattered. This document, together with two
others, was bought for the College in 1881 from Bernard Quaritch, in
London. It is temporarily in the possession of The University of Texas.
'Copied by Professor Lilia M. Casis and Mr. R. C. Clark for The Uni-
versity of Texas and for the Texas State Historical Library.
'See "Some Materials for Southwestern History in the Archive Gen-
eral de Mexico," by Herbert Eugene Bolton, in TIIE QUARTERLY, VI
103-112.
'Cited by Dr. Bolton in TIIE QUARTEIIrLY, VII 212.
'Probably the religious appointed to collect the Memorias. See "The
Archive General de Mexico," by Professor George P. Garrison in The
Nation, May 30, 1901.
'The copy in volume 43 (No. 3 in the list above) is apparently also
more complete than M. Like M, it contains the Nota; and it contains in
addition, marginal notes by Padre Fray Manuel Vega (TIHE QUARTERLY,
VI 108).

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