The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 36
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they were young, or that they had belonged to some religious order
before they came to the country and that they by no means
considered a second baptism necessary, as such I met with
poor success and immediately returned and made my report I
told the Padra that fortunately for the good people of Texas they
had generally emmigrated from Christian countries and had many
of them been baptised before they came here, and some had re-
ligious scruples respecting the propriety of a second baptism. I
never had been baptised myself and as such was a willing candi-
date because necessity required it, but was anxious to draw him
out on that point. He requested me to go and tell his good parish-
ioners, that they need have no scruples on that account, that he
did not consider a second baptism necessary provided they had
evidences that they had been baptised in the true faith. Well
Padra there are so many different faiths now in the world I am
entirely at a loss to know which is the true faith? You will ex-
cuse me for the enquiry, what do you call the true faith? the true
faith is the Roman Catholic Apostolic, all other is herecy.
I returned to the company with my explanations, still there
seemed to be great unwillingness, with much exertion and argu-
ment as to the absolute necessity; but with very many, the pill
could not be so gilded as to be tamely swallowed, and I only suc-
ceeded in procuring a list of about forty, out of a company of per-
haps two hundred. I reported my list, and told the Padra that I
had probably enrolled as many as he could conveniently get through
with that evening, and the balance would have to wait another
opportunity. I did not wish to let him know that any persisted in
refusing after being informed that if they had previously been
baptised that he would baptise them conditionally. Everything
now being arranged, I was requested to muster my forces. I im-
mediately issued orders for a general parade. During this time
however, the brides and grooms being used to married life, did not
feel that intense interest that is common for young expectants and
they had become scattered and separated so that it was with much
difficulty they could be paired, and a complete hurly burly com-
menced. have you seen any thing of my wife? have you seen any
thing of Jim? I cant find him. I cant tell what in the plague has
become of him. have you seen any thing of Polly I cant find her
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911, periodical, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/m1/44/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.