The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 39
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Diary of Fray Gaspar Jos6 De Solis, in the Year 1767-68 39
cisco Sedano and Brother Antonio Casas (the latter was brought
from the Hospicio de Boca de Leones in order that he might ac-
company me on the tour of inspection). The captain received us
with great honor and ceremony, with a military salute of the com-
pany, four cannon shot on arriving and in the evening three on
leaving. The table was bountiful and generous and he conducted
himself in everything with the magnificence and opulence of a
On the 29th I celebrated the visiting mass and inspected the
church, the sacristy and all of the mission.
The first day I continued the inspection, doing whatever was
necessary, and the second day the same.
The third day the same. On this day the honorable captain
came to see me and stayed to dine, and at night the Indians of
this mission who were refugees came, thirty-three families, whom
I received with pleasure and affection.
On the 4th I concluded the visit to this Mission of El Rosario.
A strong Norther began which lasted all of this day and the fifth.
The opinion that I have formed of this Mission of Nuestra Seiora
del Rosario is that which I now set forth: In regard to its prop-
erty it is good. It has its two droves of burros, about forty gentle
horses, about thirty gentle mules, twelve of them pairs, about five
thousand cattle, about two-hundred milch-cows, about seven hun-
dred head of sheep, and goats. The workshop and dwellings for
the ministering Fathers, as well as for the Indians, are good and
adequate. Its stockade of strong stakes, which defends the mis-
sion from its enemies, is very good. A very nice church made of
logs lined with mud on the inside, whitewashed walls and roofed
with good beams skillfully made, which seem like a carved panel
very neat and clean; the adornments, sacred cups, neat ornaments,
vessels for the pulpit, confessional and altars, and all things per-
taining to the Divine worship, everything is good and in its place
in due form and arrangement. There is a baptismal font, with
its silver shell and small vials for the holy oils also of silver. It
has its sown fields for rain water since water cannot be taken out
of the river because it is very deep and walled in, nor can it be
obtained from any other place because there is none. This Mis-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932, periodical, 1932; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101092/m1/43/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.