The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 30
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sovereign resolutions, and so that I may have the great satisfaction
of knowing that he is aware of my zeal and my desire to be employed
in his service. All that I long for is that he may look upon me wit I
Presidio del Rio Grandc. June 2o, 1805. Primo Obispo del Nuevo
Reino de Leon.-Excmo. Sor. Dn Jose de Yturrigaray, viceroy de esta
Although Bishop Marin de Porras never returned to Texas,
he continued to try to keep the government informed concerning
Texas. His first interest on his return to Monterrey was to pre-
pare for the arrival of the new commandant general, Pedro
Grimarest. He was expected to arrive at the mouth of the Rio
Grande in August, 1805, and to be accompanied by seven com-
panies of soldiers and a large number of settlers. He had in-
structed the bishop to prepare for his arrival, and the bishop in
compliance with this request was preparing to have a great num-
ber of persons at the mouth of the Rio Grande to welcome their
new leader.32 The new commandant general was to make his
capital at San Antonio de Bexar. One gets the impression from
reading the bishop's letter concerning the coming of Grimarest
that Marin de Porras looked forward to the arrival of Grimarest
with the greatest of pleasure. Ibgether they were to build up a
strong Texas.33 Pedro Grimarest, however, was never to set foot
on Texas soil. Some of the ships to be used to bring his expedi-
tion of several thousand colonists and seven companies of soldiers
were captured by the British before the expedition was ready
to set sail from Cadiz. This misfortune caused the plans for
Grimarest to come to Texas to be cancelled. The failure of this
expedition to materialize must have been a sore disappointment
to Marin de Porras, for he no longer wrote of his plans to settle
Texas. He did, however, continue to manifest an interest in the
affairs of Texas.
After the failure of the proposed Grimarest expedition, An-
alPhotostat of manuscript in the Archivo Ing. Vito Alessio Robles Documentos
Histdricos, I. Photostat in the archives of the University of Texas.
32Captain Turner, Fort Claiborne, to General James Wilkinson, at Natchitoches,
September 3, 18o5, in American State Papers: Foreign Relations (Washington,
1832), II, 691.
33Primo Obispo del Nuevo Reyno de Leon, Villa de Camargo, February 5, 1805,
to Andrds Elgubzabal, in Bexar Archives at the University of Texas.
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