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are reducible to the petition that the presidio be established, they
promising a perpetual peace, friendship, and subjection.
Giving his ideas at length, he shows the expediency of perse-
cuting and exterminating the perfidious Apaches, who infest our
frontiers, and the Osages, who are enemies of Luisiana.
He says that Sefior 0-Reylli left presents of muskets and powder
and balls, intended for sundry nations, and that they have been
disposed of accordingly. That if these munitions are not given to
them, they can provide themselves from the English colonies, since
experience has shown that they supply them with much pleasure,
trying to make friends with them.
He describes the situation of the English, and the ease with which
they can insinuate themselves into the dominions of our Sovereign,
unless they are prevented by [our] making friends with the na-
tions of Indians who can oppose them. [He shows also] the con-
sequent impossibility of reducing those who live on the banks of the
Misuris [Missouri]. The source if this is unknown, though, be-
cause of the discovery of a quantity of ivory and elephants' bones
made in the course of an expedition in which Demeciers took part,
it is believed to be on the border of Asia.
In conclusion he treats of the populous Osage nation. [They
are] faithless, [very fierce], and hostile to the Indians who have just
made peace, and who restrain them from introducing themselves
into our territories; and he treats likewise of the Vidais, whom lie
counts as enemies because they furnish to the Apaches arms and
Here ends the compendium of the events most worthy [of atten-
tion] which have occurred in the Province [of Texas] from its con-
quest to the last proposals of its present governor. Yet, since the
desire to prove my love for the service of God and the King has
induced me to examine for fifteen working days-not without risk
of getting beyond the narrow range of my limited talents-more
than a hundred autos, forty bulky volumes of royal orders, and
various valuable papers bearing on the matter in hand, I may be
granted the privilege of making some remarks, which are not to be
looked upon as recommendations (dictamens), for I dare not give
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