The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 168
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1,500 persons-from a man who with 1,000 mouths [to feed], after
he had seen himself in the dangers so manifest by the many con-
flicts with the Indians, finally had to set out, opening up the road
with arms in the hand, bringing so many people in his charge on
foot and barefooted, without food, not only because there was none,
but because there was nothing on which to bring it. [However
we trusted] in providence and his Divine Majesty has not failed
to put before us a free table in the campaigns, of roasting ears,
squashes, and other grains. And I passed through all this in
order to bring myself nearer to give aid [to those in Isleta] where
I judged I would find your paternity and others in an extremity
similar to my own. After making the enemy retire with such
great losses, I could well have remained at home, at least long
enough to make a little rmatalotaxe for my journey to Isleta,
which, as I said above, was the place where I judged all the
people must surely remain until they should learn for a cer-
tainty whether or not the governor with all the people of the villa
were dead. Finally I come here from Isleta, with entrails drag-
ging, as they say, in order to overtake the people of this kingdom,
so that, united, I might see and discuss the best method to be
taken for the preservation of our lives and for the greater service
of both majesties. And now that I am so near to, achieving the
purpose which has brought me to unite ourselves here, your pater-
nity comes to me for permission to march on to El Paso. If your
paternity wishes to go alone, do what you think best, my father,
but in regard to that camp, such does not comport with the service
of God and his majesty. And if today they are on the point of
suffering ruin on account of failing supplies, I say [in reply] that
we are suffering the same ruin here, because we have no other pro-
visions than a little mutton and beef, and that even with these
articles your camp is better supplied today. Let the maestre de
camplo, Pedro de Leiva, return to El Paso with all the people that
he brought, and with the religious that came with him, with
earnest entreaties to the Reverend Father Fray Francisco de Ayeta
to aid [us] at once in our extreme necessity. I do not doubt that
his reverence will do this; and when we find ourselves with that aid
we will strive for what is most fitting to the service of both
majesties. In the meantime I will go little by little to join that
camp, in order that, being together, we may be more secure from
Apache invasions, for we are in the middle of their country.
May God guard your paternity many years. Place in front of
Socorro, September 8, 1680. I kiss your Reverence's hand.
Don Antonio de Otermin.'
'Carta in Auttos tocantes, 31-2.
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