The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 90
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
cality at San Fernando offered little or no opportunity to form a
settlement without encroaching upon the rights of others;' that,
because of the loss of all their property through the removal from
the frontier, the petitioners were bankrupt and could not make the
proposed aqueduct; that they wished permission to form a new
pueblo at the old mission of Nuestra Sefiora de los Dolores de los
Ais, where, because of its nearness to Adaes, they might be
able to recover some of the goods they had left scattered at their
former homes; and that they hoped that, because of their known
loyalty, their sufferings on the way from Adaes, and their present
need, their prayer would be granted. In this event they agreed to
bear, themselves, all the expense of the return, except for the sup-
port of a chaplain, whom they wished provided at government ex-
pense for ten years.2
There is no reason to doubt the _sincerity of these petitioners so
far as their request to be allowed to return to the frontier is con-
cerned. But the claim that there was no room for them at Bexar
was absurd, while the choice of the particular location asked for is
suggestive of the part played by Gil Ybarbo in the matter. Mis-
sion Los Ais was close by his ranch, El Lobanillo. He was the
person who had the most to lose by being driven from the frontier.
He was the most influential man among them, acting as spokes-
man for the rest, and, naturally enough, his interests were not for-
gotten in the choice of a site for a new settlement. At El Lo-
banillo he had left his family; here he hoped to recover his lost
stock and other property; here he had a ranch well established;
and it may be supposed that, as was afterwards charged, he was
loath to abandon the interests he had developed in contraband
trade. Other persons who signed the petition were, no doubt, for
similar reasons genuinely anxious to return, but the impression
remains, nevertheless, that, although he represented the sincere
wishes of his neighbors, Ybarbo was the moving spirit in the at-
tempt to undo the policy of the government.
2. Ripperdi favors the petition.-The petitioners probably ex-
'Iri a letter to Oconor, Ybarbo said that the country from the Bdxar
to the Guadalupe was "overrun (infestado) with stock, missions, and
men" (Quaderno que Corresponde, 7).
'Petition of Gil Ybarbo and -others, Oct. 4, 1773, in Autos, 1-5.
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