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Thus, Sir, I counsel you as a friend to give such advice to M. de
Bienville; if not, I shall find myself forced to compel you to abandon
the lands that the French have no right to settle upon.-I have the
honor of being very completely, Sir, etc.
From the Assinais, May 28, 1719. 0
In his letter"5 Father Marsillo said:
Sir, I had learned through your savages of your arrival at the
Nassonites, and, following the account that our friar of the Adayes
has made to me of you, I should wish to have the honor of knowing
you; you ought, therefore, to be persuaded that your friendship will
be precious to me and that I shall do my best to merit it. This cor-
respondence, that you propose to me, being founded on the principles
of charity and of esteem, I accept with joy. I shall write to my friends
according to your intentions; however, as it is not becoming to a friar
to participate in commerce, it is a propos that our correspondence be
secret, not only because of the consequences which could come from
it, but because we are not strong friends with Don Martin de Alarc6n;
he would be able to thwart our designs. I believe, nevertheless, that
he shall not remain long in this province. There are several complaints
against him; he has not, they say, executed the orders of the Viceroy,
and they accuse him of having cared for the savages poorly. I shall
take care, Sir, to inform you of all that transpires, and, when the
waters shall have subsided, I shall have conducted to your habitation
four cows and a bull, which is all that I can send to you for the
present. Be persuaded, Sir, of the complete esteem that I have for
The 8th, the chiefs of the Nadaco nation celebrated with me
four Calumets; they promised to maintain a good union with the
French; I made some presents to them and charged them with
a letter for Don Martin Alarc6n, of which the following is the
The orders, that you have from the Catholic King, for maintaining
a good union with the French of Louisiana, and the inclination which
impels you to render service to them, do not conform at all with your
procedure in my regard. Permit me, Sir, to have the honor of saying
to you that M. de Bienville, instructed perfectly on the limits of his
Government, is certain that the post of Nassonites is not of the de-
pendence of His Catholic Majesty. He knows even that the province
soMargry gives a footnote saying, "The Manuscript of Beaurain carried from the
Trinity River, May 2o, 1719."
5lDated from the Assinais, May 24, 1719.
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