Bonilla's Brief Compendium.
los Dolores that the Presidio of San Xavier be garrisoned with
"But now at the close of this document it is stated, that for the
said protection eighty or ninety soldiers are needed, and, in another
document, that eight or nine hundred are needed," (and he con-
cludes) "there is probably not a Catholic who would not wish to
see brought into the bosom of our Holy Faith the very bounteous
harvest of the empires of the great Tibet, China, Japon, Tartaria,
Mogol, Persia, Otomano, and Moscovita and restored from cap-
tivity among infidels every Christian whose faith is in peril; but
it is needful to proportion one's desires to the resources, the capital,
and other necessaries which God gives and dispenses, whenever His
inscrutable will so decrees."
When the Roman Empire was at its greatest extent in the three
parts of the world, Europe, Africa, and Asia, it protected its fron-
tiers with thirteen presidios; and today our Monarch has twenty-
four in this Nueva Espafia alone; and they would be a hundred,
and would be transferred from one place to another every day, if
one yielded easily to those who think only of their own interests,
and who know nothing about the needs of other people. With this
it seems to me that it is now time to conclude this paper.
[Mexico, November 10, 1772.]
*NOTE OF THE FATHER COLLECTOR.
The preceding extract from the events in the history of Texas
is one of the most valuable documents to be found in this collec-
tion.' The Reverend Padre Morfi, author of Las Memorias para la
Historia de Texas, took pains to combat some points of this com-
pendium; yet we must confess that his allegations were equally
unjust and importunate.
It would have been very easy for the Sefior Bonilla to dispel the
unfounded objections of the author of Las Memorias; he could have
replied satisfactorily by presenting to the view of his opponent the
original documents from the office of the Secretaria de Camara
and from the office of the Superior Government, from which he
drew with exactness and fidelity the information contained in his
'The Memorias de Nueva Espanea.
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