The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 56
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
It was a month and a half after the San Saba episode before
Parrilla's consultas reached Mexico City. They were sent to the
fiscal, and it was three weeks more before he made his report. He
reviewed at great length all of the incidents related to the San
Saba enterprise, and then added his recommendations.
He agreed in general with Parrilla. He realized that the Apaches
could never be induced to settle at San Saba. He doubted that
they could be induced to settle at any place, but the importance
of their reduction and the belief of the people on the ground that
now was the most propitious of all times led him to recommend
a continuation of the efforts. The fiscal frowned upon the sug-
gestion of Parrilla that the presidio be located on the Chanas.
The experience had been that the chief gainers from the mines
were the settlers and not the royal treasury. The productivity of
the mines was not proved and, until it was, he could see little
use of putting a presidio there. Even if it should be a paying
proposition, the distance from Los Almagres was too great to
protect a settlement on the San Marcos, and, he argued with a
wisdom gained from knowledge of things as they were, the interests
of religion would suffer in case there was any division of interests
between the mine and the mission.7
As for the expedition, he recommended delay. The enemy were
numerous and well armed, their habitat was unknown, and the
matter of distinguishing innocent from guilty would be difficult.
A long time would be necessary to make the necessary preparations
for such a long and difficult campaign, as it would necessarily be.
The fiscal concluded by asking that a council be called to discuss
the matter and to decide what to report to the king. In this, as
well as in other matters, the auditor, Domingo de Valcarcel, con-
curred. Accordingly the viceroy called a meeting of the junta de
guerra y hacienda for June 27.8
In discussing the moving of the presidio the junta finally decided
that to do so would have the appearance of a retreat, consequently
it was agreed to keep it at San Saba. This decision altered the
whole viewpoint. If weak-hearted action on the part of the Span-
7Fiscal to viceroy, May 29, 1758, Asalto, 141-192.
8Fiscal to viceroy, May 29, 1758, Asalto, 196-198. Auditor to viceroy,
June 12, 1758, Asalto, pp. 198-208. Viceroy, decree, June 15, 1758,
Asalto, p. 208.
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