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office as governor His Majesty was paying for more missionary
religious than were actually engaged in spiritual ministrations
among the Indians. Franquis made libelous statements to this
effect in his letters and papers, but without any formal statement
as to [the number] of religious actually there (que havia) or as
to [the number] there ought to be. His expressions, therefore,
were disregarded as [being] prejudiced against the religious.
In virtue of the decision, six of those who had been in the ex-
pedition of the Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo or had been
afterward at los Adays, were examined there as witnesses. The
whole [investigation] proved that the place called la Gran Mon-
tafia (midway between the two presidios of Adays and Nachittoos)
had always been regarded as the boundary between the two crowns,
and not the said Colorado River, on whose hither bank the French
had houses and other possessions extending to la Gran Montafia.1
Later, when his excellency the Duque de la Conquesta became
viceroy-on the seventeenth of August, seventeen hundred and
forty-Franquis presented a prolix document which served to re-
vive the sixth charge, as to the removal of the presidio. Sandoval
was arrested and his papers seized, on the seventeenth of September.
He was kept in prison with a guard and a sentinel, who kept him
constantly in sight, until the nineteenth of January, seventeen hun-
dred and forty, when he was released under oath, or, rather, on
bail, passed upon and granted on account of his being seriously ill.
It does not appear that any judicial decision, official or otherwise,
was made against him, during or after the time of this imprison-
At Sandoval's request, all the reports [in the case] were turned
over to him. He then repeated his defence in a long document
under date of the twenty-eighth of October, seventeen hundred and
forty-one. When the matter was brought to the notice of the pres-
ent fiscal, Don Pedro de Vedoya y Ossorio, he replied on the twenty-
eighth of November of the same year, that Sandoval ought to be
declared exempt and free from the deferred charge as to the re-
moval of the French post, since the charge had come out sufficiently
weakened by the testimony given by the different witnesses as to the
eleventh query in the secret interrogatories in the residencia, and
since it was now completely quashed by the information received
in this court. He asked for a declaration that there should be no
further procedure, that Sandoval should be fully acquitted and de-
clared eligible to military and civil office.
As the testimony taken in los Adays, which the governor was
known to have sent, was not at hand, a dispatch was sent asking
1The Pwntos del Parecer ends here.
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 September 19, 2014.