The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 256
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The 24th, the four nations celebrated the Calumet to the white
chief, who is the war chief of the Natchitoches whom I had
brought with me in order to be my guide. I did the honor of some
merchandise to this Calumet, in recognition of the fact that this
chief had deprived himself, in honor of my chief, of all that which
he could have.
The 25th, the savages commenced to bring much cypress
timber to me. I employed my men similarly at this work, and we
laid the foundations for a house of a hundred ten feet long by
twenty wide, which has been finished only in the end of the
month of July.
The 26th, I sent the corporal of the garrison to the Assinais
[Hasinai] to carry the letter of M. de Bienville to Don Martin
Alarc6n, governor of the province of Texas. I wrote to him also
a letter of compliments, and as I saw that I had business with
Father Marsillo, head of this mission, in order to open up a trade
with the Spaniards, I opened up myself to him with confidence,
following the instruction that the father missionary of Adayes
had given to me, in passing to Natchitoches. I wrote on the same
occasion to M. Terrisse, ensign of the company, who had aban-
doned the post of Natchitoches. Here is the copy of these three
letters, two of which were written in the Spanish language.
To Sir Don Martin de Alarc6n, Knight of Saint James, Captain
General and Governor of the Province of Texas.
I have charged myself with pleasure of the letter that I have the
honor of remitting to you from the hand of M. de Bienville, Governor
general of Louisiana. In confiding to me the post of the Nassonites, he
has recommended to me to render all the services that rest with me to
the Spanish nation established in the province of Texas. I have the
honor of assuring you, Sir, that I will execute these orders with joy,
having nothing more at heart than to show to you that no person has
the honor of being more perfectly than me, etc., etc.
To the Reverend Father Marsillo, of the Order of the Recollects,42
Superior of the Missions of the province of Texas,43 for the Assinais.
42Recollect was the French name for the Franciscan Order.
43The residence of Marsillo was either Mission Nuestra Sefiora de la Purisima
Concepci6n, capital of the three Quertaran Franciscan missions in East Texas,
located at the Hainai village, west of Douglas, in Nacogdoches County, or Mission
Nuestra Sefiora de Guadalupe at the Nacogdoches village, at present Nacogdoches,
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