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Letters and Documents
it, for the purpose of protecting San Antonio and punishing
Don Juan de Acufia, Marques de Casafuerte, Knight of the
Order of Santiago, Knight Commander of Adelfa in the Order
of AlcAntara, [member] of His Majesty's Council in the Su-
preme Council of War, Captain General of the Royal Armies,
Viceroy, Governor, and Captain General of New Spain, and
President of the Royal Audiencia thereof, etc.
The governor of the Province of Texas has reported to me
that within a recent date the Indians of the Apache nation
have been committing depredations in the aforesaid province,
and that they especially have attacked the Presidio of San
Antonio. Inasmuch as the governor can have the soldiers under
his command stationed at certain points to watch for these
attacks and to prevent them, and in order that he may do so,
by this decree I order the afore-mentioned governor of the
Province of Texas, whenever he may need a detachment of
soldiers from the presidios of AdAes, San Antonio, Bahia del
Espiritu Santo, and Rio Grande--although the [Presidio of
Rio Grande] is outside the province-he may ask their cap-
tains for them. As soon as the engagement and duties for which
he may need them are accomplished-which I presume to be
those of defense against hostile Indians-and when he no
longer needs them, he shall order them to return to their
presidios without delay. The aforesaid governor is hereby
warned that whenever he asks for these detachments he must,
under no circumstance, do so with a slight cause, but only
with sufficient reason and only when the urgency of the case
demands it, as I will expect in view of his zeal. Furthermore,
I hereby command the captains of the aforesaid presidios,
whenever the governor asks them for a detachment of troops
from their presidios, to equip them promptly and send them
to him to the presidio or place that he may designate, with
the understanding that as soon as they conclude the engage-
ment for which they may be summoned, they will return to
their presidio, as provided above. This dispatch shall be made
known by the governor to the aforesaid captains of the afore-
mentioned presidios for their punctual and inviolable fulfilment.
Mexico City, July thirtieth, seventeen hundred thirty-three.
El Marquez de Casafuerte
By Order of His Excellency.
Don Joseph Antonio de Eca y M6zquiz, captain of the Pre-
sidio of Rio Grande, records his willingness to obey the viceroy's
order to furnish military aid for the protection of San Antonio
whenever the governor of Texas should request it.
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