The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979 Page: 296
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296 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
convert to our holy faith the non-Christians, who see and observe the
advantages the converted Indians have by living in the missions.
I ask you then, and in justice plead, that what is contained in the dis-
patch, that they have won, be not put into practice, because of what I
have said. What the lawyers claim is unjust. Only lawsuits will result
between the families and the pueblos of the Indians, since both sides
have equal rights to sell their products. If it pleases the Most Excellent
Viceroy that the captains take corn only from the Spaniards and not
from the Indians, well and good. If this advice is not agreeable to the
Most Excellent Viceroy, he will say and with reason that the mission-
aries in this province have very little intelligence, for they ask of him
solutions that can be reached by reason alone without laws. By protest-
ing against the obstinacy of the lawyers in the first place, advice can be
given His Excellency that they live quietly and leave us in peace, and
we shall do all that the King our Lord desires.
I ask of you also that you decide, if it pleases you, to give me the
testimony of it all, or the same decrees that touch the welfare of the
Indians and their pueblos.
This is what I ask of you in justice and swear that nothing is of malice.
Fr. Benito fernandez de Sa Ana Presidente
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