The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 183
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St. Denis's Declaration Concerning Texas in 1717 183
that the French have done so. He does not know positively more
than that Monsieur de la Salle discovered the Bay of Espiritu
Santo and settled the French there, they being ended, that is,
killed, by the Indians because of having been neglected. However,
they were kept there four years without having been aided from
France, according to the printed report of Monsieur de la Salle.
He does not know whether the harbor of the said bay is good or
bad; as he did not go there, he has made no itineraries, but there
are some in Mobile. Thus he replies.
Asked if he brought with him from Mobile any man as a
servant or companion to the presidio of Rio [del Norte] and from
there to this court, if he was French or Spanish, where he now is,
if he knows whether he has returned, to what place, and why, and
if he came to this court on his own initiative, or who seat him, he
said that no one came in his company from the Rio del Norte to
Mexico except Miguel de la Garza, a Spanish resident of the same
river, who is imprisoned at the order of His Excellency in this
Royal Prison. He brought him as a servant to attend him on
the journey from the presidio to Mexico and from Mexico to the
presidio. He offered to pay him for his services going and re-
turning 200 pesos. This man has not passed to Mobile nor to
the Tejas; he is married and has children in the place referred
to. At the prison no one has come to see him except the French-
man named Francisco Pudrie, who was arrested and only today
released from the prison.
All of which, under the oath which he has taken, he says is
the truth. This his declaration, which was finished on the eigh-
teenth day of September of the above referred to year, having
been read to him, was affirmed and ratified and he signed it.
Also the said Sefior Don Juan de Olivdn signed it, of which I
give testimony. Signed with a rubric. Louis de St. Denis.
Before me, Antonio de Aviles.
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