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Seguin to return to Bexar with the bishop's party and to report
to the governor.25
The bishop's companions proved a great disappointment to
him and also caused him trouble. Even as late as 1809 he was
having to answer questions concerning them. Don Manuel Sal-
cedo, governor of Texas, wrote the bishop asking him for an
account of the foreigners that had accompanied him on his visit
to Texas. The bishop, in answering, said that on his return
from Natchitoches he had brought no foreigners, that those who
had come with him to Nacogdoches had come on the advice of
Mr. Murfi, the Indian agent, that they had come to Nacogdoches
to ask permission to go to San Antonio to confer with Elgudzabal,
which permission Valle had granted them. The bishop continued
that he had selected a Mr. Serven to go with him to Bexar as
doctor, but once there he (the bishop) had discovered that Mr.
Serven was no doctor and was only interested in contraband
trade. Marin de Porras explained, furthermore, that he had
brought another man, a carpenter, to build some boats with
which to cross the Rio Grande at Laredo and Reynosa but that
this man had refused to leave San Antonio after having arrived
there. He had brought also an Irishman called Timoteo with
him to Monterrey. This man after having served as cook for
a year and a half had returned to Nacogdoches.2"
The bishop's party arrived in San Antonio on June 11, 1805.27
His stay in San Antonio must have been brief, for he was in the
Presidio de Rio Grande on June 2o. At first thought, the brevity
of the visit in San Antonio de Bexar, the capital of the province
of Texas, is surprising. But when one considers that he had
25Dionisio Valle, Nacogdoches, May 23, 1805, to Elgu6zabal, in Bexar Archives
at the-University of Texas.
2.0Primo Obispo del Nuevo Leon de Leon, Monterrey, April 1o, 18o9, to Don
Manuel Salcedo, governor of the province of Texas, in Bexar Archives at the
University of Texas. For Dr. Federico Zervan and his sojourn in San Antonio,
see P I. Nixon, The Medical Story of Early Texas (Lancaster, Pa., 1946), 7o-72,
27Nemnesio Salcedo, Chihuahua, July 29, 1805, to the Governor of Texas, in the
Bexar Archives at the University of Texas. There are two letters of this date in
the Bexar Archives. These letters are identical in every respect except that in one
the date of the bishop's arrival is given as the eleventh and in the other the
seventeenth. As the bishop left Nacogdoches on May 26 and he was at the Presidio
de Rio Grande on June so, it would appear that the eleventh is the correct date.
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