The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 541
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origin in the environs of New Mexico. You will know, Gentlemen,
from the account of my discoveries, that I have the honor of sending
to you these bits of information, which have been the cares that I
have given myself to in order to succeed at the discovery of several
nations in the neighborhood of New Mexico until then unknown,
with whom I have contracted an alliance in your name. Escaped
from a thousand perils and my health finding itself altered by an
infinite number of hardships, I resolved to go to France on one of your
vessels, which leaves within two months. If you think, Gentlemen,
you have need of some explanation, I shall be near always to follow
your orders and to communicate to you certain things regarding trade
with the Spaniards, the interior of the country, and circumstances that
will not fail to make you pleased. The Council of Louisiana ought to
grant you a request, that I have presented to it touching the presents,
that I have made in the capacity of commander of the savage nations,
with whom I have contracted an alliance.-I have ground for hoping
that you will be favorable to me and that you will wish to continue
to me the honor of your protection, being with a very profound
Your very humble and very obedient servant,
Benard de La Harpe.
By letters that I have received from Natchitoches, Don Martin
de Alarc6n, governor of the province of Texas, has been dismissed
from his position for not having controlled the savages of these
cantons sufficiently and for not having preceded me in the Nas-
sonite establishment. There are coming 500 Spaniards to the
O'This is in reference to the Spanish re-occupation of East Texas and western
Louisiana under the Marquis de Aguayo.
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