The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 49
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.Bonilla's Brief Compendium..
his destination, he made [documentary] report that the river had no
water to fertilize the lands; that these were sterile; that there were
no materials for buildings; that the Mission of San Ildefonso was
found deserted; that of la Candelaria with twenty-five persons of
both sexes, and that of San Javier with a hundred and nine. He
proposed that all should be combined into one and removed to the
banks of the San Marcos River, where the presidio should be built.
These propositions, the opposite of those which had occasioned
the above-mentioned measures, and the scandals which arose from
the fact that the above-mentioned captain and the soldiers were
living shamelessly in illicit connections, gave rise to very unfortu-
nate consequences. The father president, Fray Miguel Pinilla
exhorted and admonished the soldiers; the captain issued an auto
that the religious should refrain from rebuking his soldiers pub-
licly, since this course of action was resulting in the publicity of the
excesses, and in discord and jealousy between several married
couples; but the father excommunicated them all, posting edicts on
the doors of the church.
Without delay most opportune measures were passed by this Su-
perior Government to stop these grievous scandals, pregnant with
trouble; but they came [too] late to prevent the unfortunate, vio-
lent death of the Padre Gonzabal1 by a wound from an arrow which
pierced his heart, and the death of a native who was found taking
refuge in the mission, and whose wife was in illicit intercourse
with Captain Rabago.
Twenty-four very bulky volumes of autos were written to find
out the aggressors in this sacrilegious crime; sundry persons were
brought to the prisons of this capital, the above-mentioned captain
among them. However, he came off clear from the charge, and was
restored to his office;2 the rest had the same fortune.
While these inquiries were being made, Don Pedro de Rabago
Teran, a kinsman of Don Phelipe's, went to command the Presidio
of San Xavier. He knew how to make friends with the missionary
religious, and the removal of the said presidio to the site of San
Savas was agreed upon.
1Fray Josef Gonzabal (A).
2In 1760. See p. 58.
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