The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 35
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Bishop Marin de Porras and Texas
integrity in that province [Texas], but I have feared that I would
be rebuffed because of the lack of information there [in Seville] of
the conditions [in Texas]. I hope that Your Excellency will deign
to inform them somewhat on the matter so that I may then inform
them completely and exactly in order that the present situation may
He then mentioned again the evils existing in Texas: the con-
traband trade, the intimate treatment and good reception re-
ceived by the foreigners, the close alliance of the officials with
the foreigners in order to hide the frauds and illegal dealings,
and what was worse, the earnest desire to raise troops and to
believe without reason in the severing of relations and war with
the Americans in order to make use of the royal income.
I know that Your Excellency in accord with the commandant general
has taken 'more active measures to ascertain the origin of these evils;
but I find a quicker and more effective way to reveal all the source.
He then said that the best way to handle the matter was to
remove Pedro Herrera as governor of Nuevo Leon, to replace
him temporarily with Lieutenant Colonel Christobal Dominguez,
who had already been assigned to investigate the actions of the
Herreras. By doing this, the viceroy would break up the alliance
between the Herreras, one at Monterrey and the other at San
Antonio, and the people would not be afraid then to give a full
report of what had been going on in the province. The bishop
knew that this change in governor would have to be done
through the commandant general. He offered a suggestion,
therefore, as to how the viceroy could go over the head of the
commandant general if this official did not agree to the change.
If the commandant did not favor this change in governors, Marin
de Porras told the viceroy that with his authority he could appeal
directly to the Supreme Central Junta to appoint a new perma-
nent governor for Nuevo Leon.9
Evidently the viceroy acted upon this suggestion, for he ap-
pointed -Don Manuel de Santa Maria to act as provisional gov-
ernor of Nuevo Leon until his appointment could be approved
39Primo Obispo del Reyno de Leon, Saltillo, October 23, 18o9, to Exmo. e Illmo.
Sor. Arzobispo de M6xico y virrey de esta Nueva Espafia, in W. B. Stephens Col-
lection at the University of Texas.
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