The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 170
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inquire whether the Rio de la Palizada was settled by French or
English Catholics, and if it might be possible for him to go to
settle and to found missions for the security of the Tejas. The
governor of Mobile, Monsieur de la Mothe Cadillac, commissioned
him to make this voyage, and this is the same motive which he
has set forth in his declaration,13 and his commission is the same
which is copied in the autos; it was shown and read to him along
with his declaration.
With regard to the second entrada, the purpose which he had
for making it was that he was married at the presidio of San
Juan and that he was living with the Spaniards and serving the
Spanish king, even devoting his life to his service. For this
purpose he has forsaken his nation on account of the greater at-
tachment which he and his wife have for the Spanish nation;
such being their natural inclination.
Asked what was his purpose in having come to Mexico City
at the time of the first entrada which he made from Mobile and
what means or methods he took for meeting the Most Excellent
Senior, the Duke of Linares, the ministers of the government, and
others, in order to obtain the position of guide for the missionaries
and the military to the Tejas country, and [asked] if he knew
the purpose of the Most Excellent Sefior, the Duke of Linares, in
thus commissioning him, he said, with reference to the first part,
that Captain Diego Ram6n sent a report from the presidio on
the Rio Grande to the Most Excellent Sefior concerning the ar-
rival of the declarant and his three French companions at that
presidio, in order that His Excellency might make a decision
with regard to it. That which His Excellency decided upon was
to summon the declarant to Mexico; arrived in Mexico, he went
to see the Most Excellent Sefior, who questioned him concerning
the Tejas. Then it was that he made the declaration which is
in the autos, and it has been read to him; Don Gerardo Moro
wrote it. Later the declarant was summoned to Panzacola, where
the Viceroy was. Arrived there, His Excellency asked him if he
cared to lead the missionary fathers to the Tejas, and the declarant
replied, yes, because he had already fraternized with the Spaniards
and had pledged his word to marry. Thereupon His Excellency
naThe declaration cited in note 9, dated June 22, 1715.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/176/: accessed March 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.