The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926

The First Text Book Used in Texas

THE FIRST TEXT BOOK USED IN TEXAS'
LOTA M. SPELL
Every student of Texas history, but especially those who con-
cern themselves with the mission work among the Texas Indians,
will be interested in a small and rare volume, printed in Mexico
in 1760, which bears the title:
MANUAL
PARA ADMINISTRAR
LOS SANTOS SACRAMENTOS DE PENITENCIA,
EUCHARISTIA, EXTREMA-UNCION,
Y MATRIMONIO:
DAn GRACIAS DESPUES DE COMULGAR, Y AYUDAR A BIEN MORIR
A los Indios de las Naciones: Pfjalates, Orejones, Pacaos,
Pac6as, Tilijayas, Alasapas, Pausanes, y otras muchas difer-
entes, que se hallan en las Missiones del Rio de San Antonio,
y Rio Grande, pertenecientes 8 el Colegio de la Santissima
Cruz de la Ciudad de Queretaro, como son: Los Pacuaches,
Mescales, Pampopas, Ttcames, Chayopines, Venados, Pama-
ques, y toda la Juventud de Pihuiques, Borrados, Sanipaos, y
Manos de Perro.
COMPUESTO
POR EL P. Fr. BATTHOLOME GARCIA,
Predicador Apostolico, y actual Missionero de la Mission de
N. S. P. S. Francisco de dicho Colegio, y Rio de San Antonio,
en la Provincia de Texas.
Impresso con las Licencias necessarias en la Imprenta de los Here-
deros de Dona Maria de Rivera, en la Calle de San Bernardo, y
esquina de la Plazuela de el Volador. Ano de 1760.
This work was intended to serve as a guide and handbook for
the missionaries who worked among the Texas Indians. The
text-in parallel columns of Spanish and Indian-is made up
largely of questions suitable for the missionary to use in his daily
=A copy of this work is in the Texas State Library, Austin, Texas. A
reprint may be found in the Boletin del Instituto Bibliogrdfico mexoiano,
nfimero 10 (Mexico, 1910), 543-512. It may also be found in the fifth
part of Nicolas Leon's Bibliografia Mexicana (Mexico, 1910).
The title page translates as follows:
A manual for administering the blessed sacraments of penance, Holy
Eucharist, extreme unction and matrimony; for thanksgiving after com-
munion and for help in dying for the Indians of the following nations:

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117141/. Accessed December 25, 2014.