Bonilla's Brief Compendium.
one in a matter of so grave moment, especially since I have not seen
In the year 1760, the same solicitation was made that the Baron
de RipperdA presents in his first proposition; and if the circum-
stances preceding them were not identical, they differ very little
in essence. At that time the requested removal of the Presidio
of San Sabas to the line of villages inhabited by the Indians of the
North, could not be put into effect; but the new orders issued by
His Excellency the Marques de Croix station the presidio in ques-
tion on the bank of the Rio del Norte, and Lieutenant-Colonel
Don Hugo Oconor is engaged in this removal.
The war against the Lipan Apaches, who are the troublers of
Texas, His Excellency the Marques de Ruby considers indispens-
able; the governor of Coaguila has lately asked for it, and the said
Oconor is waging it.
The furnishing of firearms, powder, and balls, with which the
Indians of the North are provided to their satisfaction, is a note-
worthy paradox. The Spanish blame the French, they the English,
who have no need to protest innocence; but there are more than
enough books of reports which involve the first nation in that busi-
ness, and, extra-judicially, nobody is ignorant that many have in-
creased their capital by its means.
While the colony of Luisiana belonged to the French, they could
not be kept from intercourse with the Indians; and even today,
according to [a report of] Demeciers, they continue the furnishing
of guns, powder, and balls, in virtue of superior orders.
It is difficult to keep the English from this traffic, for, as the
Misuris is navigable, they come without opposition into the lands
of the Indians, as Don Hugo de Oconor affirms.
In regard to [the statement] that the French have induced the
savages to attack our frontiers, I am inclined to the opinion (dicta-
men) of his Excellency the Marques [de] Ruby, who does not give
credence to it, and [who thinks that] the only thing to believe is,
that some deserters or irresponsible individuals of that nation, have
given cause for the formation of this opinion.
The hold which Demeciers and San Denis have secured upon the
Indians is not strange. Both were reared in the Presidio of Nachl-
toches; the father of the first was greatly beloved by all the na-
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