The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 59
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The Parrilla Expedition to the Red River
Le6n for an immediate re-enforcement. The governor of that
province approved the request of the junta, transmitting his order
to the settlements through his sergeant-major, Urresti. The action
of the citizens is eloquent. They refused to serve. From over the
whole province came protests. The following is an abbreviated
translation of the reply sent by the people of Valle de Guadalupe
de Salinas: "On the thirty-first of January we received an order
to report, armed and supplied, on the twelfth of February, under
the pain of fifty pesos fine. If we do this our families will perish.
We want you to understand the intolerable burden upon us. Many
years we have labored with risk and pain, suffering repeated wars.
Sir, is it not true that we have maintained ourselves at our own
cost and that all our misfortunes originate in the aid which we are
continually giving to assist in the conquest of new colonies? Many
of us have served in the defense of Coahuila, leaving our families
in danger and our cattle to perish from the lack of attention. Not
only are our cattle our only means of subsistence, but to send us
upon an expedition would cause a loss to the treasury of a large
portion of the taxes which we usually pay. Is it possible, after
such a hard year as' we have just had, that we are asked to go to
the defense of such a distant province as Texas? Would not our
families perish? Our families would be weeping now if it were
not for the fact that the law protects us. By order of our natural
lord and king we are not compelled to go on a march which calls
us from our own province, except in some very particular and
Citizens from other places had similar complaints. The only
comments at Mexico City were, "Why not tell them that they will
get a peso a day?" and "We can expect such troubles when we
try to raise five hundred men." The last remark came from the
auditor who opposed the expedition, and used the troubles in
Nuevo Le6n as one of his arguments.14
uSJunta (San Antonio), to Villavicencio, Jan. 15, 1759, Asalto, 246-248.
Urresti to Villavicencio, Jan. 29, 1759, Asalto, p. 250. Villavicencio, auto,
Jan. 30, 1759, Asalto, 249-50. Vecinos del Valle de Guadalupe de Salinas y
Carrizal to [Urresti], Feb. 3, 1759, Asalto, pp. 259-61.
4Vecinos de San Juan Bautista to Urresti, Feb. 3, 1759, Asalto, pp.
268-71. Vecinos de Santa Catalina to Urresti, Feb. 3, 1759, Asalto, pp.
251-3. Vecinos del Valle to Urresti, [Feb. 4, 1759], Asalto, pp. 263-4.
Vecinos de Cadereita to the cabildo of the same place, Feb. 4, 1759,
Asalto, pp. 257-8. Cabildo of Cadereita, auto, Feb. 5, 1759, Asalto, pp.
258-9. Vecinos del Valle de Mota to Urresti, Feb. 8, 1759, Asalto, pp.
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