The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 184
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184 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Private Diary of Genl. S. F. Austin before confinement and while
confined in the Ex-inquisition city of Mexico, 1888 & 1884 & 1885.
I left Mexico on the 10th Deer., 1833 in a coach in company
with Don Luis de la Rosa, deputy in the general congress, Don
Octavian de la Rosa, & Don Migual Orteaga.
The 1st day at Tampantla......... 5 Leagues.
Deer. 11th at Huihuitoca ........ 12 "
Deer. 12 " Tula .. ........... 12 "
Deer. 13 " Arroyo Sarco ....... 13 "
Deer. 14 " San Juan del Rio ... 14 "
San Juan del Rio. Very long street; Don Luis and myself went
to take a walk, every thing very dull-a church built in 1683 with
a new front of the Corinthian order, at the expense, as the padre
told us, of a famous robber & assassin, who had been the terror of
the country-he was taken at last-he employed the money which
he had robbed in building the front of the church-he received
civil pardon & spiritual absolution; & went to heaven, so said the
padre-& he knew, because the tradition was not old, about 50 years.
Dec. 15, at Queretaro-(14 Leagues) A city of convents &
churches, with some very good private houses.-The convent of
Santa Clara (for nuns) is the largest, it is said, in the Republic,
& the richest. The inside of the church is excessively loaded
with costly ornaments, all of the most ancient gothic stile, worthy
emblem of such a monster, of the past century-One is aston-
ished at seeing these monuments of the barbarity & ignorance
of the 10th and 12th centuries, preserved with so much care in
the 19th century, & in a Republic. Marry women with God.
How ridiculous.-To break the commandment of God himself,
& to go contrary to his intent in creating -women, in order to
please God in consequence.
16th Dec. We remained at Queretaro.--We visited the con-
vents-these are many and very large. In that of ' Cruz
there is a large orchard well watered-It has a large fountain
constructed by a marquis who has perpetuated his fame & piety
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