72 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
extract; his illustrious pen could have produced some papers that
would have vindicated his veracity, by demonstrating the insubstan-
tial character of those contradictions. But principles of modera-
tion, religious considerations as to the sacred character of his op-
ponent, and above all the feeling of delicacy respecting the friend-
ship which had always united his heart to that of the Reverend
Morfi impelled him to sacrifice to silence the victory which must
have been assured him by the well-known advantages of his knowl-
edge of facts and of his position.
Nevertheless, what the Sefior Bonilla would not do, is done by
the greater part of the documents comprehended in this and in the
following volume;' many of its acts and instructions are documents
which in clear and positive fashion manifest and sustain the value
of the information in the compedium; they argue in favor of its
author's veracity and prove that the doubts and contradictions re-
sulting from the impulsive disposition of the Reverend Padre
Morfi, must be of no consequence as against the author or his
Finally, we must say in the interests of the truth, that we have
seen in the office of the Secretaria de Camara the document from
which was taken the notice about the little chest of louis d'or, of
which the Senor Bonilla speaks in the third section of his extract ;
and on which the author of Las Memorias opened such a fire.*
THE SANDOVAL CASE.'
After the resignation of [Bustillo y Cevallos] Captain Don
Manuel de Sandoval, who had come to this kingdom as governor
of Coahuila, and had just finished his term of office, entered upon
the government of Texas. He had come to this kingdom in the
year seventeen hundred and twenty-eight, after having served in
the royal armies twenty years and seven months, as cadet, subaltern,
1I. e., Memorias, XXVII and XXVIII.
2See page 14.
As presented in the Testimonio de Un Pareoer.
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 18, 2013.