The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 84
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for the complete realization [of his offers]. After which I
thanked him profoundly, and promised on my part to write
everything he had asked of me, to which the Reverend Father
added that he would support his proposals and solicitations
with all his influence, and that we would inform him of the
result; in view of which the said person promised that in the
meantime he would continue to give us every pertinent in-
This is the result of what I have done in this matter which
I communicate to you for your information and guidance so
that you may be good enough to communicate your orders and
instructions to me while you lay it before His Majesty. God
keep you many years. New Orleans, November 4, 1815-Juan
Mariano Picornell-Sefior Don Luis de Onis y Gonzales-"
I am unable to exaggerate to Your Excellency the activity
that these rebels engage in to realize their plans; every day
one sees boats and launches loaded with supplies and ammuni-
tion that go along the coast to the mouth of the Sabine River
with many men from this vicinity destined for the same place.
On the 27th they had a conference with all their principal co-
adjutors to decide what day Toledo should leave to join the
troops that are coming from Kentucky and Tennessee for the
same expedition; and after having read the letters that they
had received in the mail of that day, they saw that the chiefs
from said provinces, one with a thousand men and the other
with 300, could not arrive here in less than 24 days; conse-
quently, Toledo and his [men] should not leave here until the
middle of next month. It was likewise decided to inform the
Cartagenian corsairs that within a month and a half they would
have a new port safer than that of Barataria, pointing out the
place and the land-marks for entering.
I believe that it is extremely important and necessary to
send some small vessels to cruise near the place where the
establishment is intended; no matter how small they may be
nor how diminuitive their strength, they would suffice to pre-
vent or at least to impede the gathering, since the enemy now
have no seaport and must use chalones [felucca, falouche] and
other unarmed boats for transporting men and supplies and
the artillery for fortifying the port.
Unfortunately, this stretch of coast is less known than the
Mexican Gulf; but it is not likely to have in the present season
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