The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 72
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and far from the scene of these afflictions, I favored this plan,
what must I not do, when I am a witness and consider that I
stand in the place of a father to these unfortunate inhabitants?
However, I do not think I shall have to endure it long, for the
virtues of a leader such as you are, one who loves justice, will
know how to adjust matters as far as the circumstances of the
times will permit. You will not fail to aid this forsaken prov-
ince, the key of the whole of the kingdom, so that, far from
these evils continuing, they will be remedied with the haste de-
manded by a country that I think is at its last gasp.
My dear Sir, I want nothing for myself, in spite of the fact
that I have a family I love and whom I consider unfortunate.
I only call upon you in the name of these troops who deserve
the greatest consideration. In their present state of suffering
that I have described to you, naked and without food, they are
willing to obey whatever orders are given them and to expose
their lives to the enemy at every moment. If the people were
in the condition they should be, under military regulations, the
enemy would be very insignificant in their eyes.
My predecessor, Lieutenant Manuel Pardo, reports to me that
he has already informed you of the deplorable state of this sec-
tion. I am, at the same time, presenting my claims to the com-
mandant general, in fulfillment of my duty. However, I know
that this commander has been informed of conditions through
various petitions that have been presented to him. He has not
taken the slightest action to correct the evils from which this
section is suffering; and, indeed, they are increasing. I can do
no less than take the liberty of applying directly to you, urged
on by my own peculiar obligations and depending upon your
sense of justice and the sincere interest you have in the welfare
of our kingdom and of our sovereign. You will not disregard
my complaints for they are true and right. If the circumstances
of the times will not permit you to attend to all the necessities
and rights of this province, you will, as far as possible, remedy
the most urgent ones.
May 31, 1817
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