The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 586
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formed Governor Mufioz" that Father Reyes had been granted per-
mission to retire to Zacatecas and Father Jose Francisco Jaudenes"
had been appointed his successor on February 26."" The fact is that
Father Reyes had been ordered to return to Zacatecas on three differ-
ent occasions by his superior because of mismanagement."
In January, 1792, Father Rada consulted with his counselors on how
to deal with Father Reyes because of these facts: since his arrival at
the College in the previous year, Father Reyes had been keeping and
supporting two Indian boys without permission; he planned to send
them to Mexico City with a report he was preparing; and he fre-
quently entered the cells of two of the religious and disturbed them.
It was decided that Father Reyes was perpetually disqualified for
mission work among the pagans, and Father Rada, with one or two
consultors, was to go to Father Reyes and command him under obedi-
ence to send the two Indian boys back to their native land rather
than to Mexico City (if they wished to go to Mexico City, they should
have a passport from the governor). Furthermore, Father Reyes was
not to enter the cells of other religious, and he was to hand over all
the papers he had in his possession. If Father Reyes would not submit,
he would be expelled from the Apostolic College."
Father Reyes was called before the father superior and his coun-
selors to answer a number of charges. To most of the charges he
pleaded ignorance or inadvertence. One of the points was his mail:
who gave him permission to correspond with the viceroy, the gov-
ernor, and others? He replied that he thought no permission was
needed to write and receive letters." The viceroy did communicate
church. Sotomayor, Historia, II, loo-lo, 374; William H. Oberste, History of Refugio
Mission (Refugio, Texas, 1942), 355.
He came to Texas as the commissary and prefect of the missions in 1791. He and Father
Garza founded Nuestra Sefiora del Refugio, the last of the Texas missions, in 1793. Father
Silva resigned as minister of the mission of Refugio, in 1796 and returned to Mexico,
where he died in the College of Guadalupe on December 3, 1798, at the age of sixty-two.
Historia, 11-12, 93, 194-195, 235-236.
'sManuel Mufioz was governor of Texas from 1790 to 1799. Bolton, Guide, 479.
"1Father Jos6 Francisco, Jaudenes became a Franciscan in 1784, joined the College of
Zacatecas, and came to Texas in 1791. In the chapter meeting held at the College on
July o20, 1810o, he was chosen as one of the four counselors. Sotomayor, Historia, II, 181,
377. In a letter dated March 4, 1791, at Mission Rosario, Father Jaudenes reported to
Governor Mufioz that he was now in charge of Mission Rosario because Father Reyes had
returned to Zacatecas. Father Jaudenes to Mufioz, March 4, 1791, Bexar Archives.
"0Castafieda, Our Catholic Heritage, V, 188.
2Rada to Viceroy, August 20o, 1790o.
"2Libro Segundo de Decretos, fol. 119V to 120f.
"Ibid., fol. 12o, f and v.
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