The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 323
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Mezquia Diary of Alarc6n Expedition Into Texas, 1718 323
Today those who were sent to find the cargoes of the reverend
fathers of Texas arrived at this crossing.
On the 17th we reached camp2 at about three in the afternoon.
Here we found everything in good shape. From this day to the
15th of June, the camp was moved to the other side of the creek,
between the river and the creek, where several huts and some
corrals for the livestock have been built and some gardens have
been planted. About a twelfth of a bushel of corn has been planted.
During this time the governor again sent thirteen soldiers with a
religious of Zacatecas to see if the Colorado River23 can be crossed
and to find the cargoes. They returned after a week and they
say that the river is higher than last time.
On the 15th of June the governor left for the Rio del Norte,
where we are at present. We arrived on the 22d, and an order
was issued immediately providing for someone to go and see if in
some way the reverend fathers of Texas could be sent aid. For
this purpose the Reverend Father President of this mission of
the Rio Grande was chosen because he is a swimmer.24 The gov-
ernor gave him enough supplies so that he could distribute among
the Indians sixty handfuls of tobacco, forty varas of flannel, thirty
of sackcloth, and twenty small blankets. For the fathers he is
taking a load of flour, seven bottles of wine, an arroba of wax,
and two arrobas of chocolate. He left these missions on June 25,
and he takes with him a lay religious of Nuestra Seiiora de Guad-
alupe de Zacatecas, ten soldiers, and four faithful, intelligent
Indians of this mission of San Juan Bautista.
FRAY PEDRO PAREZ DE MEZQUfIA (Rubric).
Translated and edited by
FRITz L. HOFFMANN.
The University of Colorado.
220n the San Antonio River.
2SThe present Brazos.
24The president of the Rio Grande missions was Father Pedro Mufioz.
Hoffmann, Diary of the Alarcdn Empedition, 39.
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