The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 312
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312 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
he answered that he did not want any color other than blue. I
then asked him what mysterious reason he had for preferring the
blue color, and in reply he said that they were very fond of that
color, particularly for burial clothes, because in times past they
had been visited frequently by a very beautiful woman, who used
to come down from the hills, dressed in blue garments, and that
they wished to do as that woman had done. On my asking whether
that had been long since, the governor said it had been before his
time, but his mother, who was aged, had seen that woman, as had
also the other old people. From this it is easily to be seen that they
referred to the Madre Maria de Jesus de Agreda, who was very fre-
quently in those regions, as she herself acknowledged to the Father
Custodian of New Mexico, her last visit having been made in 1631,
this last fact being evident from her own statement, made to the
said Father Custodian of New Mexico.
Translation of note on back of MS.
On the 30th of September in the year 1709 there was an earthquake in
the port of Vera Cruz, and as a result of the adverse winds eleven vessels
sank and were destroyed, and several houses fell. It is said that this
catastrophe caused a loss of more than three hundred thousand dollars.
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