The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 286
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under which. Vizcaino was acting, had reference only to the pearl-
fishery and not at all to the entry and pacification of the land.
This gave Monterey an opportunity to consider whether it was
desirable to grant the concession he had promised. On this point
he wrote to the king, on February 29, 1596, as follows:
I . . . found . . that a reconsideration was neces-
sary; for, it seemed to me, with regard to the person [Vizcaino],
his quality and capital are not sufficient in connection with an
enterprise which may come to be of such vast importance, and one
requiring greater backing and a method of proceeding other than
what is now thought and deemed sufficient; for, even looking at
the matter from the utilitarian point of view, although he make
the journey at his own cost and without any expense to Your
Majesty, it seems to be of little moment whether he goes for gain
and in order not to lose the chance of good fortune, but of great
importance the hazarding of not only the repute which would be
lost among these nations of Indians if the natives of that country
should repel this man and his people, but-this is the principal
thing involved-that of the conscience and authority of the royal
person of Your Majesty. It appeared to me to be risking much
if an expedition which cannot lawfully be one of direct conquest,
but one of preaching the gospel and pacification, and of bringing
the people into subjection to the crown, were entrusted to a man
as leader and chief whose position is obscure and who has not even
in less degree, the resolution and capacity necessary for so great an
Despite his somewhat unfavorable opinion of Vizcaino, the vice-
roy decided, however, after taking counsel with the highest authori-
ties in Mexico, that it would be contrary to justice not to let the
expedition take place. As he put it, in the letter above referred to:
And, because I have deemed it meet for the service of Our Lord
and that of Your Majesty, inasmuch as it was necessary to go on
with the affair since it had been begun and as this man [Vizcaino]
does not possess notorious defects which can rightfully excuse Your
Majesty from aiding and fomenting his undertaking, in order that
the persons he has enlisted and intends to put on board ship, and
who in number and condition make a reasonably good showing,
may esteem and respect him, I have done all that lay in my power
to show him honor while here and to clothe him with authority
in view of the greater danger I foresee and fear on his account,
though I would not say it to him-which is some lack of respect
and an overbold bearing on the part of the soldiers whom he takes
with him, so that in this way they may come to disobey his orders,
all this giving rise to great disorder.
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