The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 31
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Bishop Marin de Porras anid Texas
tonio Cordero, who had been sent to Texas with troops to be
stationed along the Texas-Louisiana border, was appointed gov-
ernor of Texas. He kept the bishop informed on affairs in Texas.
The new governor was much concerned over the danger of the
Americans coming into Texas and claiming it, but apparently
the bishop did not take these rumors of trouble too seriously.
In reply to one of Cordero's letters on the matter, he reminded
Cordero that "the most of the news you have in that province
through the Louisiana gazettes consists mainly of conjectures."
Marin de Porras wrote Cordero in February, 18o8, that he
intended to make a trip to Texas.3" Why he did not make the
projected trip is not known. It is conceivable that the military
and political officials in Texas discouraged his undertaking such
a visit. Or perhaps his dislike of these officials and their methods
decided him against again coming to Texas. The friction between
hlim and the officials is clearly revealed in the bishop's corre-
spondence of 1 809. Early in 1809, Manuel Salcedo, the new
governor of Texas, asked Marfn de Porras to give an account
o, the persons who had accompanied, him from Natchitoches and
Nacogdoches to San Antonio and Monterrey in 1805. The tone
of the bishop's reply indicates that this inquiry was not appre-
The bishop's displeasure with the way things were going in
Texas finally reached such a point that he appealed directly to
the new viceroy at Mexico City to interfere in affairs in Texas.
On August 21, 1809, he addressed a long letter to the viceroy,
Archbishop Lizana, which gave a detailed report of what had
been transpiring in Texas since 1805.
ESTEEMED AND MOST ILLUSTRIOUS SIR:
The very fact of my daring to interrupt your most serious business
with this secret report will serve (if you do not consider me impru-
dent and discourteous) as a clear testimony that necessity forces me
a3E1 Obispo, Monterrey, May 3, 18o08, to Antonio Cordero, in Bexar Archives
at the University of Texas.
35El Obispo del Nuevo Reyno de Leon, Monterrey, February 28, 18o8, to Antonio
Cordero, in Bexar Archives at the University of Texas.
36Primo Obispo del Nuevo Reyno de Leon, Monterrey, April io, 1809, to Don
Manuel Salcedo, governor of the province of Texas, in the Bexar Archives at the
University of Texas.
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