The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 53
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Diary of Fray Gaspar Jose De Solis, in the Year 1767-68 53
Since the foundation, which was as I have said in the year
1717 or '16, there have been one thousand and fifty-four bap-
tisms, two hundred and eighty-seven marriages by the church,
three hundred and fifty-nine burials of adults, save for error or
mistake. What the ministers of the mission try to do is to at-
tract the faithless Indians of the coast, and those of the frontier
in order that they may be reduced by the example of those of
the mission, and trained and educated like them. I shall pro-
ceed with my Diary.
On the 7th I left the mission of San Joseph. A strong wind
was blowing from the north, and it was raining, snowing and
freezing. I went by the Mission of San Juan Capistrano, crossed
the Salado River, which has little water, and whose banks and
meadows are very pleasant and leafy, with big trees that are very
high, and came to the pool of Quifiones, a very good water hole
that is on the edge of the big woods, or Monte del Diablo [Devil's
Wood], that is very thick and leafy.
The 8th dawned very bad, the norther increased. Because of
this I remained in the same place with guard of escort and about
two hundred men who were going to the Presidio of Los Adays.
The 9th dawned pleasant. We set out, passing through the
Calaveras, and came to the Chayopines crossing of the San Antonio
River. The road between the said river and the Big Wood is very
mountainous; the trees sabines, willows, walnuts; those on the
bank of the river, and those on the sides of the woods, pin oaks
and post oaks. We said mass and set up the Holy Cross. 7.
On the 10th we passed through La Patanya, through Los Pajari-
tos, and came to Marcelino creek, which has good water and fish.
The road was through plains very pleasant and flowery, dotted with
many and varied flowers, yellow, red, purple, blue, white, yellow
tinted, in short the fields and plains seem to be carpeted with
flowers and throughout the plains and hills are found simarron,
hemp and wild marjoram, and through some parts cejas de monte,
pin oaks, post oaks, walnut trees, ash trees and many others. 16.
On the 11th we passed through the Ranch of San Bartolo,
through that of Guerra, through that of the Amoladeras Creek,
which has good water and plenty of it, also fish, through wooded
pleasant hills. We reached the Ranch of Corralitos de Reyes,
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