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answer for the criminal charge of misappropriation of funds of the
Royal Treasury and to declare his brother an intruder as governor
of Monterrey and its province, which office should go to the senior
alcalde if Your Excellency does not think it best to name a provisional
governor. With these measures will be reborn the peace so longed
Lor by these loyal vassals of His Majesty and the intrigues of the
Herreras and Calleja, who have profited so well from the contraband
trade, will be brought out in the open. And furthermore Yturrigaray
was bribed with gold by the wife of the governor [Pedro Herrera].
From the beginning of the charges she has been living in this city.
Your Excellency should be warned that many of these things have
been hidden from the commandant general, whose ignorance of them
is not without justification because of his being more than four
hundred leagues away from Bexar. They made him believe the
rumors of war, on which they [the Herreras and Calleja], have spent
about a million of the king's pesos; and they even yet want the farce
to last in order to continue their exorbitant spending. The truth is
that the Americans are checked in their ambitious claim on the
boundary because original documents can be shown them to prove
that French Louisiana never extended to this side of the Red River,
on whose bank is founded the town of Natchitoches, which is their
first town. May God grant Your Excellency many years of health.
Saltillo, August 21, i8o9. Primo Obispo del Nuevo Reyno de
Leon.-Exmo. Illmos. Sor. Arzobispo de Mexico y Virrey de esta
The viceroy in replying said that he would do everything
possible to remedy the conditions in Texas. He assured the
bishop that he had done right in appealing to him and said that
he would be glad to help at all times."' At this time the viceroy
did not actually have much control over the Interior Provinces
of Mexico. These provinces were under the commandant gen-
eral at Chihuahua. Both the bishop and the viceroy knew this.
Hence Marin de Porras, when he received the viceroy's reply,
evidently thought that the viceroy might need a little advice
concerning how to use his power. On October 23, 1809, the
bishop addressed another letter to the viceroy in which he said:
A thousand times I have considered writing to the Central Junta
in order that it might put new leaders of a healthy religion and of
sTOriginal manuscript in the W. B. Stephens Collection at the University of
38sllmo. Sor. Arzobispo y virrey de Nueva Espafia Mexico, September 6, 18og,
to Illmo. Sor. Don Primo Feliciano Marin, in the W. B. Stephens Collection at the
University of Texas.
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