The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 95
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Spanish Abandonment and Re-Occupation of East Texas. 95
It will be seen further on that the private request actually made
of the viceroy was slightly different in form from what Ripperdd
apparently understood it to be, although it was not essentially dif-
ferent in effect.
The commissioners left for Mexico some time in December or
early in January. On the 8th of January they were at Santa Rosa
Maria. From this place Ybarbo dispatched a letter to Oconor,
who was at Chihuahua.1 In it he set forth in great detail the
hardship incident to the eviction from Adaes and the sad
plight of the exiles at B6xar. He said that more than thirty of his
compatriots had died at B6xar previous to his leaving, and only
God knew how many since; that subsequent to arriving there some
of the families had been forced to go about the presidio and mis-
sions begging and some had even been forced to steal, in conse-
quence of which trouble had arisen with the citizens; and that within
two days after reaching B6xar the Indians had carried off the few
animals they had brought. In conclusion, he said that he thought
a settlement ought to be established on the frontier to keep out the
French who were flocking in, and asked Oconor to support his de-
4. The petition granted.-Having arrived in Mexico, the agents
presented their petition, together with an address, on the 28th of
February. The readiness with which the government now pro-
ceeded to reverse a definite policy of the king is, to say the least,
surprising. In his action in the matter the viceroy was guided
almost entirely by the advice of Areche, the fiscal, who, in his
turn, was dependent upon conflicting reports from B6xar, Bahia,
and Chihuahua. This official, to whom the petition and Ripperd's
letter were referred,2 reported3 that in his opinion the proposal to
establish a settlement at Los Ais was commendable, as a means of
checking Indian assaults; that the king's reason for extinguishing
the mission at Los Ais had been that it was without Indians and
useless; and that the viceroy would do well to grant the request and
'The letter was sent by Roque Medina, assistant inspector (Quaderno
que Corresponde, 16).
O0n Feb. 28th.
8On March 7th.
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