The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 96
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
to order the governor to put the measure into effect.' He does not
seem to have been impressed with the argument predicated upon
danger from the English, for he did not refer to it in his report.
He advised proceeding through the governor on the ground that
Oconor's many duties and his distance from Texas would entail
The matter next went before a junta de guerra y hacienda called
by the viceroy for the purpose. This body resolved that, in view
of the situation of the Adaesans, and, more particularly, of the ad-
vantage that would, according to the governor, result from a set-
tlement on the eastern frontier, the petition should be granted;
that the Adaesans should be settled in Los Ais in conformity with
the laws for the settlement of new pueblos and lugares,8 that the
viceroy should instruct the president of the Texas missions to ap-
point a minister for the proposed settlement, provide through the
sinodo for his equipment and maintenance, and make plans for
bringing near the new pueblo as many of the surrounding tribes as
possible, as a means of keeping them quiet and of preventing their
communication with the English and other foreigners. This de-
cision of the junta the viceroy ordered carried out.4
5. Oconor interferes. - Thus far Ybarbo's mission had pros-
pered without a hitch. But a communication received by the vice-
roy suddenly changed the situation. In reply to Ripperda's letter
of Dec. 11 Oconor had written saying that he could not support
Ybarbo's petition, and ordering the governor to bring to Bexar
the people and the ammunition left on the frontier.5 To the vice-
roy he wrote in terms of strongest disapproval of the whole plan.
He said that he was convinced that private interest, ignorance,
mistaken piety, and malice had combined to defeat royal plans
favorable to peace. Citing Rubi's report as authority, he main-
tained that Adaes had long been the seat of contraband trade in
"See Recopilacion de Leyes de las Indias, Lib. IV, Titulo VII.
4The junta was held March 17th, and on March 23d the viceroy gave
the order to put its resolution into effect (Quaderno que Corresponde,
'Oconor to Rippperda, Feb. 17, 1774, in Autos, 19-20.
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