The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 238
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of the Coast, because I see that, in addition to the small number
of troops I have, I can not make use of the arms they have. My
heart is wrung when I see these poor wounded men and hear
their groans, and when I have no physician of any kind to aid
them. I have no medicines to give them, for I have had nothing
upon which to lay my hands save a small medicine chest that I
brought along for the use of my family. It will end perhaps
with the life of these unfortunate persons for I have nowhere to
carry them nor can medicines be bought.
I have reported everything to the commandant general; but I
beg and plead with you to be good enough to send me help and
to reinforce me with troops. If this is not done my zeal can not
save this province that I have promised you I will die rather
June 23, 1817
The scarcity of money in these regions is great. At every turn
the commandant general has an infinite number of calls therefor.
Very small sums are received in this province at rare intervals.
Not a single peso can be given to the soldiers, who draw only
twenty-four pesos per month. Neither will it be possible to con-
tinue payment on the various debts incurred previous to my
entry into this capital. These poor people are sunk in the greatest
hopelessness. I beg of you to consider the situation I am in and
which I have set forth to you and be good enough to order the
intendant at San Luis Potosi to furnish me from that treasury
each quarter the sum that circumstances will permit and which
you will designate. Upon your order or the advice of the intendant,
I will send an official there to receive it and he will give the
requisite receipt which will serve as a debit against the sums
due the officers and troops of this province and others who guard
it, for in no other way will it be possible to supply the great
needs that I have before me.
June 23, 1817
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