The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 14
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14 Temas Historical Association Quarterly.
fear nothing from these people or from Mexico." Lest, however,
this good fortune shall in the end prove uncertain or elusive, he
deems it prudent to bespeak for himself the good offices of the gov-
ernor. "After all the risks I have run," he adds, "and the services
which I have rendered the public, I flatter myself that you will
serve as my patron, and that you will procure me some employment
at Mobile."' After several weeks the governor of Coahuila sent a
detachment of soldiers to convey the Frenchman to his capital.
Saint-Denis took with him only his valet de chambre, Medar
Jalot, sending Penicaut and the others back to the post on the
Red River to await his return. From Monclova he was conducted
to the City of Mexico, arriving there sometime in June.2
The announcement that a party of Frenchmen had crossed the
Rio Grande could have created no great surprise in the City of
Mexico; for, as we have seen, the Spanish Governor of Pensacola
had previously sent warning that such an expedition was in pro-
gress. The fiscal had even gone so far as to recommend that active
steps be taken to prevent the expected entrada,3 and the viceroy
had written to the governor of Mobile giving him to understand
that he was apprised of the intention of the French, and warning
them to refrain from entering territory that belonged to His Maj-
esty, the King of Spain.4 When, therefore, Saint-Denis reached
the capital, the government was prepared to deal with him. He
was called to several audiences with the viceroy in which he was
questioned concerning the object of his expedition. To all of these
interrogatories he replied in careful conformance to the letter of
his instructions: "That his governor had sent him to Father
Francisco Hidalgo, and at the same time to see if he could get
some beasts for Louisiana, for which they would pay in silver or
in merchandise; but that, not having found the father at the place
from which he had written, and having heard that he was at the
'Extract from a letter of Saint-Denis to Cadillac, Margry, VI 495.
'Before the 22nd, for his Declaraci6n is dated June 22,.1715. La Harpe
and P~nicaut make the date of his arrival June 25th. Le Page du Pratz,
I 14, says June 5th. The latter date is no doubt correct.
8Dictamen Fiscal, Texas MSS., 127 vuela.
VJunta de Guerra, Texas MSS., 211.
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