The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 86
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
created a commotion. An extension of the time was asked and a
few days were granted.1 A number of persons, thirty-five accord-
ing to the reports, refusing to be thus evicted, fled to the woods,
Most of the inhabitants, however, prepared to obey the command,
though apparently with bad grace in some cases, for complaint
was made against Gonzalez that "when the day for leaving arrived
he mounted a horse and went from house to house, driving the
people from them."'2 This, no doubt, reflects the unwillingness of
the people to leave rather than any harshness on the part of the
The sudden removal involved, of course, the abandonment of
whatever permanent improvements the settlers had made, small
in general though these doubtless were. The urgency of the order
did not allow time for suitable preparation for the march. The
people were without supplies sufficient for so long a journey.
Their stock, of which they seem to have had considerable, was
scattered, and much of it could not be collected. Corn was nearly
ready for harvesting, but it had to be abandoned. Some things
which could not be carried, including the gun carriages, some of
the cannons, and the greater part of the ammunition, were buried
within the presidio.3
4. The journey to San Antonio de Bexar.-On June 25, the
day appointed, the weary three months' journey from Adaes to
San Antonio de B6xar was begun. When the company reached
Ybarbo's ranch at El Lobanillo, twenty-four persons dropped be-
hind, some being too ill to travel, others staying to care for the sick.
Several of these were of Ybarbo's family. His mother, sister, and
Ybarbo does not mention the request for or the granting -of the ex-
tension of time in his complaints about the hardships of the Adaesans.
But Ripperd& (letter to *the viceroy, July 11, 1773) says that such a re-
quest was made and conceded, a statement that is borne out by other evi-
dence. Ripperda left B6xar for Adaes on May 25th. He says he was
twelve days going, eight days there, and twelve days returning. He must
have arrived in Adaes, therefore, on June 6th, and left on the 14th. His
final order required that Adaes be 'abandoned on June 26th (Letter No.
30, Vol. 100, Provincias Internas, Archivo General).
r barbo to Oconor, Jan. 8, 1774, in Quaderno que Corresponde, 6.
'RipperdA to the viceroy, Sept. 28, 1773, in Autos, 21-22; Ybarbo to
Oconor, Jan. 8, 1774, in Quaderno que Corresponde, 6.
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