The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 85
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Report on Louis de Saint Denis' Intended Raid
in her Calendar of Manuscripts in Paris Archives." For the pur-
pose of editing the report, a transcript in the possession of the
Library of Congress has been used.
The title of the document is signed with the initials "N.S.,"
but no signature appears at the foot of the report. The initials
"N.S." could stand for "Non SignC" or perhaps for Nicholas
Seigneur, although nothing could be found regarding Nicholas
Seigneur by the editor except that his name appears sometimes
on Louisiana documents.
The report was probably addressed to the directors of the Com-
pany of the Indies in Paris. It is dated 1716, though this date is
placed between brackets. This was not the work of the copyist,
because Mrs. Surrey, who examined the manuscript, has also
entered it in her Calendar under the year 1716.6 The manuscript
is definitely of a later date. San Antonio was not founded until
May 1, 171 8,7 and therefore no raid could have been planned in
1716. Furthermore, in 1716 Saint Denis could not have left
Louisiani on March 25, as the document states, because on that
date he was at the presidio, San Juan Bautista, near present Eagle
Pass, Texas, waiting to guide the Domingo Ramon expedition
into Texas. The report cannot be anterior to September 22, 1720,
date of the arrival of Delorme in Louisiana, since Delorme's name
is mentioned. In a letter dated July 12, 1721, La Houssaye, one
of the directors of the Company of the Indies in Paris, warned
the Count of Toulouse of the possible complaints Spain would
make as a result of Saint Denis' raid.8 Consequently, the report
must have been received in Paris before July 12, 1721. The report
refers to a letter by Bienville and Delorme of "last April 25,"
which places the date of the document sometime after April 25,
1721. It could, therefore, have been written in the first half of
May, 1721. There exists, however, the possibility that it was
written in Paris and not in Louisiana. If the report was written
5Nancy M. Surrey, Calendar of Manuscripts in Paris Archives and Libraries
Relating to the History of the Mississippi Valley to z8o3 (Washington, D. C., 1926-
1928), I, 210o.
7C. E. Castafieda, The Mission Era: The Winning of Texas, 1693-z73z, Vol. II of
Our Catholic Heritage in Texas, 1519-1936 (Austin, Texas, 1936), 93-94.
sLa Houssaye to Count of Toulouse, July 12, 1721, Paris, Archives Nationales,
Colonies, C 13, A 6, tols. 193-193vo., University of Texas transcript.
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