The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 11
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The Aguayo Expedition 11
month after the capture of Pensacola, the French commandant
at Natchitoches went in person to the Mission of San Miguel de
los Adaes and captured its occupants. This was not in itself a
prodigious feat, for these at the time numbered two-a lay brother
and a ragged soldier. It so happened that the missionary priest
and his companions were absent on a spiritual errand to their
superior, Father Margil, at the Mission Dolores, and so were prov-
identially saved from arrest. Seemingly satisfied with his work,
Blondel started home, taking in his custody the lay brother, the
soldier, the sacred vessels, ornaments, and other utensils from the
mission church. He did not spare even the chickens, which were
to repeat in a lesser degree the exploits of the geese of Rome. Not
submitting willingly to captivity by the French, they made des-
perate efforts to escape, and the wild flapping of their wings so
frightened the horses that Blondel, the commandant, was thrown.
In the consequent confusion, and with the aid of some friendly
French soldiers, the lay brother made his escape. So, the Spanish
chronicler continues, "Monsieur Commandant returned to his pre-
sidio, glorious in the triumph over one worthless soldier and the
captured chickens, whose lives were presumably not spared,
since they had so treacherously threatened that of their
4. The Retreat of the Spanish across the Trinity, June-Sep-
gives the date of the attack as June 10. Bonilla (Breve Compendio, in
Colecci6n do Menorias, XXVII, 19) says it was June 19. La Harpe, at
the Nassonites, says that on the 16th he received news that "the Spanish
were angry with the French, and that the governor of the Assinais and
his warriors were retiring from their presidio," thus making it appear
that the Spanish abandonment was before the 16th (Margry, VI, 276).
There is the possibility of this being a slip on the part of La Harpe,
for his entries at this time were not daily, but skipped from the 13th
to the 16th and then to the 24th. Moreover, the fact that the retreating
party was referred to as "the Governor of the Assinais" makes it more
than probable that the reference was to Alarc6n, who, with his expedition,
was retreating from the Assinais about that time, and who, judging from
the spirited correspondence with La Harpe, was evidently angry with the
French. But for this correspondence (Margry, VI, 274), as noticed by
Bancroft (North Mexican States and Texas. I. 615) it might be supposed
that Alarc6n had left the country long since. In the Margry text,
Alarc6n's letter is dated May 28, 1719, at the Assinais. The same text
furnishes a note from Beaurain (Journal Historique), giving the date
from the Trinity as May 20, 1719.
'Arricivita, Cr6nica, 100.
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