The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 68
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
danger to the life of the ministers among these pagans. It is
true that some of them have asked and do ask for baptism in the
hour of death, and there are some children whom they carry to
the Fathers for baptism. Those who die obtain salvation, those
who live are perverted and lost ! I knew many of both sexes that
were apostates and perverted, and my heart was full of sorrow.
In the administrative books I found eleven baptisms, seven burials
and three marriages.
All this country is extremely cold in the winter. There are
violent northers which bring snow for many days, so that the
woods and everything is covered with more than half a vara of
snow and afterwards big freezes come in such a manner that the
trees and bushes are as if they were made of crystal. In the
summer time the heat is intense and the rains are abundant. This
is the reason why the rivers have two floods each year, one in the
summer on account of the heavy rains and the other in the winter
because the snows melt and the rivers carry off the water.
I shall continue my Diary and my journey.
On the 3rd we went out of the Mission of the Ays. We ate on
the River Atollaque and went on to the creek Las Amoladeras,
where we slept.
On the 4th we crossed the creek and went through woods that
are there and came to the mission of Nacogdoches.
On the 5th I said the visiting mass and inspected the church
and all of the mission.
On the 6th I successfully closed the inspection of all of these
missions. Thanks and praise be given to God for every perfect
On the 7th solemn mass was sung as an act of gratitude for the
success of the visit. I wrote to the Honorable Governor Don Hugo
O'Conor to send me an escort of soldiers so that I might now
leave these missions.
The 8th I spent in this Mission of Nacogdoches waiting for the
escort of soldiers in order to depart.
The 9th, 10th and 11th the same, waiting for some one with
whom to go out with some security.
The 12th, seeing that the escort delayed in coming, I began to
take some baths in the creek, which has abundant good water.
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