The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 100
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100 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
the expression: "* * * upon the assurance which we have re-
ceived from all these nations, that we are the first Europeans who
have descended or ascended the said River Colbert." French, in the
History of the Discovery of the Mississippi River, says: "By read-
ing the accounts of the Spanish adventurers, La Salle seems to have
been the first to identify the great river of Marquette and Joliet
with the great river of De Soto."2 If he knew of these early ex-
plorations, how could he, in good faith, say that the French were
the first Europeans 'on the river?
5. What was the "Seignelay, or Illinois," which La Salle men-
tions in his memoir to M. Seignelay, as a branch of the Colbert, by
which he hopes to find his way to the South Sea?
6. When was the name Nuevas Filipenas first applied to Texas?
How long was it used?
7. Did St. Denis leave the City of Mexico for ,San Juan Bautista,
before the expedition for reoccupation started, or did he accom-
pany young Ramon? ELIZABETH H. WEST.
JOHN RICE JONEs.-On page 307 of the last number of THE
QUARTERLY, Edmond J. P. Schmitt seeks information concerning
the John Rice Jones who was Postmaster-General of Texas during,
and immediately subsequent to, the Texas Revolution. Through
the courtesy of James H. Jones, Esq., Austin, Texas, and of his
daughter, Mrs. M. F. Lochridge, I have obtained information con-
cerning the John Rice Jones who is here mentioned, and who was
the father of James H. Jones, which enables me to answer as follows:
This John Rice Jones did live at Vincennes, Indiana, in the be-
ginning 'of this century, but he was then only a boy, having been
born at Kaskaskia in 1792. At that time his Christian name was
only John, but some time after the death of an older half-brother,
Rice, who was murdered by politica 'and personal enemies at Kas-
kaskia in 1808, he added this more distinctive name to that which he
already bore.1 The John Rice Jones, however, to whom Mr.
Schmitt refers as living at Vincennes early in this century, was, it
s Historical Collections of Louisiana, Part IV., Preface, page xxxv.
1This is the statement of Mr. James H. Jones, and Mrs. Lochridge.
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