The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 45
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Diary of Fray Gaspar Jose De Solis, in the Year 1767-68 45
Other things more particular about the Indians I shall note
down in the future. The said Indians have some things in com-
mon; others are peculiar to those of this mission, although most
of them are peculiar to all the Indians of all the Nations who in-
habit this vast, remote and extensive Province of Texas. Now I
shall continue my Diary.
On the 6th I went to the Mission of Bahia del Espiritu Santo.
Forty Indians on horseback, armed with guns, came out in two
lines making a skirmish to receive me. The Minister, Father
Fray Francisco L6pez, received me with great courtesy and sol-
emnity. This mission is as I shall hereinafter relate.
On the 7th I said the visiting mass; afterwards I inspected the
mission in detail. I received a letter from the Honorable Captain
of the Presidio, Don Francisco Tovar, which contained several
On the 8th I answered his letter replying to all of the points.
I continued said inspection, and in the evening the said Captain
went out on a scout and wanted the soldiers to return without con-
fessing. I did not permit this because there was no reason or
necessity for it.
On the 9th I continued the inspection, doing everything per-
taining to it. On the 10th the same. On the 11th I finished the
inspection and went to the presidio to take leave.
The condition of this Mission of Bahia del Espiritus Santo is as
follows: this mission is better than the aforesaid Mission of San-
tisimo Rosario. It is situated on the bank of the River San An-
tonio de V6xar, which is full of water as I have said, and its mar-
gins are pleasant and leafy. The river contains many fish. The
mission is in sight of the royal presidio and is separated from it
only by the river which is crossed in canoes. The church is smaller
than that of Rosario, but large enough. The ornaments, sacred
vessels and all things that pertain to Divine worship are very clean,
very neat and in due arrangement. In this mission there is an
interior chapel where the Holy Sacrament was kept for a long
time with licence and permission of the Most Illustrious and Rev-
erend Bishop of Guadalajara, who visited and inspected this mis-
sion and conceded this permission. All the Indians of this mis-
sion guarded the Holy Sacrament by day and by night, acting
guard continually at the door of the chapel. They burned the
lamp with nut oil, which the aforesaid Bishop, approved as good.
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