The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 224
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report of all that was expedient or important in the declarations
of the two Frenchmen, to send it to His Excellency. We con-
tinued our march to the Nueces River. On Tuesday, May 10, the
governor halted with some companions to send a dispatch to His
Excellency, giving an account of this discovery. We arrived at
the Presidio of Cohaguila today, May 13th, at nightfall.1 Here
ends the diary. To insure its authenticity, it is signed by the
Alonso de Leon.
on as far as the Guadalupe River where it remained waiting three days.
The Frenchmen were in the 'rancheria' of the Toao Indians, with the Tejas;
they came to the Guadalupe with Capt. Alonso de Leon, and arrived there
on the 2nd of May, '89. Two Frenchmen came, naked except for an
antelope's skin, and with their faces, breasts, and arms painted like the
Indians, and with them came the governor of the Tejas and eight of his
Indians. Through that day and night I tried my utmost to show all
possible consideration to the governor, giving him two horses, and the
blanket in which I slept, for I had nothing else which I could give him.
Speaking Spanish, and using as an interpreter one of the Frenchmen whom
we had with us, I exhorted the governor that his people should become
Christians, and bring into their lands priests who should baptize them,
since otherwise they could not save their souls, adding that, if he wished,
I would go to his lands. Soon the aforementioned governor said he would
very willingly take me there, and I promised him to go, and to take with
me other priests like myself, repeating to him that I would be there in the
folowing year, at the time of sowing corn. The governor seemed well
pleased, and I was still more so, seeing the harvest to be reaped among
the many souls in those lands who know not God." (Letter.) It will be
noted that the Itinerary gives May 1st, the Letter May 2d, as the date
when the Frenchmen came to the Spanish camp.
"'The next day [after the Frenchmen came] was the day of the Holy
Cross-the 3rd of May; after mass the governor of the Tejas left for his
home and we for this place. We arrived at Coahuila, and Capt. Alonso
de Leon sent the two Frenchmen-the one named Juan Archebepe, of Bay-
onne, the other Santiago Grollette-from Coahuila to Mexico, with Capt.
Francisco Martinez, and his Excellency the Conde de Galbe had the French-
men provided with suitable clothes and dispatched to Spain on shipboard
in the same year, '89." (Letter.)
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