The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 48
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and clumps of trees that were not very thick and along some
stretches of hills until I came to La Escondida; good water and
a good place on the side of a mountain covered with trees. 12.
On the 16th I passed through La Parrita, through the ranch
called El Capote, which is on the bank of the San Antonio River;
through the ranch of La Mora belonging to the Mission of San
Juan Capistrano on the bank of the same river. I came to the
Rancho de Labor of Father CArdenas, also on the bank of the
river. The road was for the greater part bare and extending
through the plains, winding through some woods of black oaks
and pin oaks, mesquite and huisaches, that were not very thick.
The land is very rich, good and fertile.
On the 17th I passed through the goat ranch on the bank of
the same San Antonio River, through La Mota and Arroyo del
Padre Mariano. I crossed said river and came to the corral of
San Juan Capistrano after passing through woods and some val-
On the 18th I passed the Salado River at the crossing of the
San Antonio River, near the Mission of San Juan Capistrano.
Here Father President of the Mission of Quer6taro, Fray Asis
dos11 Valverde, came out to receive me. The Reverend Fathers
Humiel ZArate y Ramirez with many people and a following, all
of whom accompanied me to the noted Mission of S. S. Joseph
where I was received with great ceremony and great display. On
the evening of this day the Honorable Don Hugo de O'Conor, of
the Order of Alcintara, Governor and Captain General of the
Province of Texas, came to visit me with many expressions of
friendship and honor. 7.
On the 19th a mass of thanks for my arrival was sung, and
afterwards I blessed the foundation and first stones for the church
that is just begining to be built in this mission. Don Hugo de
O'Conor laid one and I the other. This church is going to be
made of stone and lime, with arches fifty varas long and ten varas
wide in the transept.
On the 20th I went to the royal presidio of San Antonio de
Vxar to see and to compliment the Honorable Don Hugo, its
captain, Don Luis Menchaca, and the curate in charge. In the
evening I crossed the river in a canoe and went to the Mission of
lndos: evidently meant for de.
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