The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 23
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Bishop Marin de Porras and Texas
themselves and are striving to come out of the narrow confines of
their forests on to these spacious plains. The visit with my parishion-
ers provided me with a perfect knowledge of the temper and ideas
of those republicans.
But in doing so, after the word "parishioners" in the second
sentence, she inserts the words "at Natchitoches." This expres-
sion is not to be found in any version of the letter. Nor is it to
be found at all in the reference she gives, for although she quotes
from the bishop's letter to the viceroy on June 2o, 1805, she
refers the reader to a letter written to Jos6 Caballero on March
The bishop returned from Natchitoches to Nacogdoches on
May 17.22 He remained there until the morning of May 26,
when in company with his escort, his domestics, the Reverend
Father Puelles, Captain Jos6 Joaquin de Ugarte, his family, and
five soldiers, the bishop set out for San Antonio de Bexar.23
When he left Nacogdoches, he took with him, for their own
service, two foreigners, a Monsieur Ruquire [Francisco Rou-
quier] and a Doctor Serven; as well as one of the deserters,
Monsieur Timoteo; a carpenter; Don Jose de la Bega; a church
worker; and three residents of Nacogdoches. According to Dioni-
sio Valle, the bishop had promised to be responsible for these
people. In reporting all this to his superior and in explaining
his having allowed the bishop to take the foreigners and others
with him, Valle said, 'Inasmuch as I understood the Bishop's
sensitive nature, I avoided displeasing him at the time of his
Still another person in that party that accompanied the bishop
was a Spaniard, Juan Seguin. He was under arrest for having
displayed an indecent poster vilifying the priests, which poster
he had set up on a stick in a public place in Nacogdoches.
Dionisio Valle, the officer in charge at Nacogdoches, ordered
21Mattie Austin Hatcher, The Opening of Texas to Foreign Settlement (Austin,
22Diary of Dionisio Valle, Nacogdoches, entry of June 1, 1805, in the Bexar
Archives at the University of Texas.
24Dionisio Valle, Nacogdoches, June 3, 1805, to Elgubzabal, in Bexar Archives
at the University of Texas.
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