The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 69
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Letters of Antonio Martinez
MARTINEZ TO THE COMMANDANT GENERAL
I took possession of this government of May 28. I report this
for your information and am awaiting any orders that you may
I can do no less than to inform you that, in spite of the wise
and energetic management of my predecessor, Don Manuel Pardo,
I have found this province in a very sad state, as much in the
matter of subsistence for the troops and civilians, as in the mat-
ter of its defense. Of the 500 fanegas of corn that Your Excel-
lency set aside for this province I have been able to bring with
me only 184, because I lacked mules and horses. This quantity
will not be sufficient for the coming June when the troops and
families will be in the same state of suffering they have been
enduring. It will be sufficient for me to say that, on my arrival
at this city, my troops had been living entirely on roots of the
field for several days. The amount of money that the paymaster
has sent has not been enough to pay the debts that my prede-
cessor had contracted for the temporary maintenance of the
troops. For this reason, I have not been able and I shall not
be able to give any help whatever to either officers or troops.
Your Excellency has become acquainted with the unhappy state of
this province through what I have already told you as well as
through requests made by my predecessor. I beg of you to make
an effort to send some money to the paymaster, Don Francisco
Collantes, as well as cigars, powder, and some iron. This pro-
vince lacks these things and needs them urgently. The store-
house is entirely unprepared for any emergency that may arise.
The iron is necessary to make needed repairs, particularly on the
gun-carriages which are gradually becoming useless.
Your Excellency can not count upon the 500 fanegas of corn
set aside for these troops, as a large part of it is being consumed
by the muleteers since there is not enough money with which to
pay the freight and it is necessary to give them corn that they
may have something to eat. If Your Excellency can not pro-
vide us with more corn, the sufferings and necessities of this
town and garrison will not be supplied.
After guarding the important points of this province and pro-
viding the indispensably necessary convoys that must be kept on
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