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sail direct for that port, without previous stop at San Diego or
It is not proposed to pursue this matter here. Enough has
been said, it is believed, to show the great importance of the sup-
ply-ships in this period of Alta California's history, and also the
great credit that is due to Bucarely for his management of what
was by no means an easy task. Some recognition of this fact
seems to have been accorded him in a document which otherwise
deprived him of power. By a royal instruction of August 22,
1776, Gilvez instituted the new government of the comandancia
general of the frontier provinces, including the Californias. The
viceroy was to continue to supervise the sending of supply-ships.42
Perhaps it was well for Alta California that this was so, for the
comandancia general was not a glittering success in other respects.
"A. G. de I., 104-6-18.
2A. G. de I., 103-3-13, Exped. 5, 1776.
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