The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 34
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34 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Mexico, a Priest to reside among us and administer to our neces-
sities. He purported to be a man of great consequence if titles
could make him so, for it took up half a column of a newspaper to
contain them all, such as minister plenipotentiary, vicar General,
S. . He was an Irishman by birth, and had frequently licked
the blarny stone before he left the emerald Isle. he wore a wig,
or was white headed from age-grave gentlemanly and prepossess-
ing in his appearance and manners at first interview, but proved
to be as vain vulgar and very a scamp as ever disgraced the colony
. . Thus much I can say for the venerable Padra whose
province it was to redeem the colonists from Herecy and infidelity,
and make them true Christians. His sage appearance and seem-
ingly good manners caused him to be kindly received by the colo-
nists, as a kind of necessary evil, which they could not well avoid.
Every courtesy and attention was paid to him, and for a time, him
and his parishioners got on very well together. he never troubled
them with church service, but confined his duties to baptism and
marriage ceremonies. This was a snug little money-making busi-
ness, two dollars for baptism and twenty five for marriage, when
it is recollected that all both old and young were subjects for bap-
tism, and all who wished to marry as well also as those who had
been bonded for years, had now to come forward and have the slip-
[k]not made fast. he immediately issued his edict forbidding pro-
visional marriages, which rendered it very inconvenient to the
people, who lived scattered over a district of country several hun-
dred miles in extent. They however, paid very little attention to
his edict except those immediately in his vicinity. It realy looked
dry and peculiarly odd to me to see those who had for years been
living together as man and wife, and had perhaps a large family
step forward to the marriage alter. It seemed to carry with it a
kind of acknowledgement of both, error and crime. Immediately
after his arrival a number of these old married people determined
to save trouble by having one grand wedding and give the Padra
an opportunity do a whole sale business. They accordingly fixed
on a convenient point and an arrangement made with the Padra to
meet them there at a time fixed. Every preparation was made
and a splendid barbecu prepared, with all the necessary exhilerat-
ing libations abundantly provided, so as to make it a day of rural
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