The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

Bonilla's Brief Compendium.

in ascertaining the text. Bonilla was so far influenced by the Testi-
monio as to use, in some instances, almost its very words.
The copy of the Testimonio to which reference is here made is
the reprint given in Yoakum, A History of Texas, I, Appendix A.
The original has not yet come to light, either in the Bexar or the
Nacogdoches Archives, to which some of the old Bexar papers have
found their way. There is an abridgment of the Testimonio, known
as the Puntos del Parecer.1
The only other compendium with which comparison has been pos-
sible in this article, is the Historia of Talamantes, copies of which,
made in the City of Mexico2 in 1903 are now in the Texas State
Historical Library and at The University of Texas. It consists of
thirty-two sections, and is based upon Espinosa's Cr6nica Apos-
t6lica. Its relationship to the Breve Compendio is much less close
than is that of the Testimonio; its emphasis, owing to its depend-
ence upon Espinosa, is mainly upon the ecclesiastical side of the
history.8
1Bancroft, North Mexican States and Texas, I, lists in his bibliography:
"Altamzira (Marques), Puntos del Parecer, 1741. MS. in Texas, Doe. 491.
Mayer MSS. No. 98." Document No. 13 of volume 28 of the Memorias de
Nueva Espana bears the title: Puntos del Parecer que el Seior Auditor
de Guerra Marques de Altamira expuso al Exmo. Sor Virrey Conde de
Fonclara, en 4 de Julio de 1744. Bancroft's is no doubt the same as this.
The Puntos del Parecer, as has been said, is an abridgement of the
Testimonio. It omits sections 1-2, and 53-58. It is signed by Thorivio
de Urrutia, and is dated at San Antonio de Vexar, November 25, 1749.
The Testimonio is signed by Felix de Sandoval, and is dated Mexico, July
4, 1744.
So far as it goes, the Puntos is practically the same as the Testimonio,
though variations are found by the score. The two most striking differ-
ences are the occasional omission in the Puntos of individual words or
even of phrases or sentences which occur in the Testimonio, and the ab-
sence of the peculiar doubling of the t's which is a characteristic feature
of the Testimonio. Often the Puntos text helps in correcting that of the
Testimonio.
'By Dr. Herbert Eugene Bolton.
'The occasion of the compilation of Talamantes's Historia is told in THE
QUARTERLY, VII 196-213.
The references to Talamantes in the notes are to an unpublished trans-
lation by Miss Mattie Austin, Fellow in History in The University of
Texas.

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