The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 86
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
thanks for the kindness you have had in placing my petitions
before His Majesty, and in recognition of which I offer you all of
my services. God keep Your Excellency many years. New Or-
leans, November 28, 1815-Most Excellent Sir--Juan Mariano
Picornell-Most Excellent Sir Don Juan Ruiz de Apodaca.
In a postscript to the foregoing I inform Your Excellency
that at that moment the same person [Laffite] came to tell
me that the place where the establishment of the said port
was going to be made was between the Mormentado [Mermen-
tou] and the Nueces River; but actually it is not the place
pointed out for the establishment of the new port, but that of
the rendezvous of all the troops that descend from [Kentucky
and Tennessee] and go up from here. It seems that Toledo
has reserved the selection of the place for the new wharf and
port according to the advices that the pilots whom he has sent
will give him, concerning which I shall advise immediately
whatever may be certain about it.
For the greater satisfaction of Your Excellency and myself
I would wish that Your Excellency might have the goodness
of sending to this [city] a person enjoying your complete con-
fidence in order that, being informed on his own account about
everything our new adherent is capable of doing in the service
of His Majesty, he may arrange with him all the operations
he may judge advisable.'8 Through the same source there have
been communicated to me the names of the principal persons
who have contracted to supply arms and munitions and other
[materials] to the insurgents of Mexico, on condition that they
will never deal with any others for whatever they need, in view
of the moderate price at which they have agreed to deliver
them to the coast.
We have been assured that the schooner of this State, named
the Firebran[d], on pretext of going to cruise against the
pirates of Barataria, and which left on the 26th of last month,
was going to Boquilla de Piedra for the purpose of bringing
some money for the munitions that were delivered previously,
and at the same time to see if the Mexican Congress approves
the new contracts, for which purpose an interpreter named
Duran was taken on board.'9
iSThis recommendation was finally acted on, after repeated urging, by
sending Felipe Fatio to New Orleans, where he arrived early in May, 1817.
9For information about the Firebrand, see Harris Gaylord Warren,
"The Firebrand Affair: A Forgotten Incident of the Mexican Revolu-
tion," in The Louisiana Historical Quarterly, January, 1938.
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