The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 29
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier
Folch terms an "embarassing point." It speedily developed that
the embarrassment was of the financial kind that Wilkinson gener-
ally experienced. Years before the Spanish government had prom-
ised him an annual pension of two thousand dollars. A chain of
circumstances that concern other phases of Southwestern history
had prevented the payment of this pension for the past ten years.
Wilkinson was now on the point of departing for the seat of gov-
ernment and needed the money. Hence his visit with its accom-
panying "reflections." Hence his promise to sound "the heart of
the President" and make due report thereon to the Spanish au-
Governor Folch was in a quandary. His own salary was never
paid fully and promptly, so he did not have twenty thousand dol-
lars for Wilkinson, although he seems persuaded that the latter's
services were worth that sum. The relations between himself and
the intendant, Morales, who handled the finances, were not cordial,
so the latter might reveal the secret out of jealousy toward him-
self as well as unfriendliness toward Wilkinson. The only re-
course would be an application to Casa Calvo, who, as boundary
commissioner, had lately received a remittance of 100,000 pesos
from Mexico. Possibly the payment of so large a sum as this to
Casa Calvo, despite the uncertainty that surrounded his work, may
indicate the importance that the Spanish government placed upon
the settlement of its boundaries. Or possibly it may represent a
sum to be expended in just such emergencies as now presented
itself. At any rate, Casa Calvo had money while the regular frontier
officials had little or none.
Wilkinson demurred at presenting his case to Casa Calvo. The
latter's secretary, Armesto, must perforce act as interpreter, for
Casa Calvo did not "possess the English idiom." Armesto was a
friend of Morales, an intimate of Daniel Clark's, who in turn
corresponded with Jefferson. Thus Wilkinson feared that the
to Someruelos, dated April 10, 1804. At present this is found in Legajo
No. 2355 of the Cuban Papers. As it is signed by Folch to attest its
genuineness, and is unaccompanied by any other explanatory documents,
Dr. Robertson naturally assigns its authorship to the Spanish governor
and thus misses its real significance. During the last summer I discovered
in Legajo No. 1574 of the Cuban Papers, Folch's Reservada No. 8, an
Informe, in which he expresses dissent from many of Wilkinson's views,
and other documents that clearly establish the General's authorship and
afford additional evidence of his venality. Mr. C. E. Chapman has recently
copied these for me and I hope soon to publish them.
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