The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 204
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may be pleased to appoint for them, to go as a convoy to the
shipment [of supplies] which Don Antonio Espronseda is
taking to Texas. He states that he will set out from this capital
within a week. Thus they can make their trip in regular jour-
neys as far as the presidio of San Juan Baptista on the
Rio del Norte without fatiguing or killing their horses; other-
wise, if they go in haste, they may injure the [horses] and
find themselves without them when they need them most, [and
as] fresh and rested [as possible], in order to travel through
that wilderness and among those wild Indians to the territory
of the Texas [tribe].
It will be necessary to take two apostolic fathers from
Queretaro or Zacatecas for the missions which are to be
foundedj10 in the locations upon which Your Excellency has
decided. [It will also be necessary] to give presents to the
two nations that live in that [territory] such as those given
to the two tribes of the two missions of San Miguel and
Our Lady de los Dolores, with the addition of the things of
small value listed in the enclosed note, or as many of them as
Your Excellency may wish.
The Apaches (whom it would be advantageous to attract to
our friendship) for the time being may be given only the things
listed on the same note, and whatever else Your Excellency
may wish to add.
It will be advisable to take 25 or 30 Indian families from
the villa of Parras or from among the settlers, who are capable
both in cultivating the fields and in handling their weapons.
From Mexico as many as 20 mechanical arts craftsmen may
be taken in order that they may construct fortifications, houses,
and articles needed by the soldiers and settlers who may go
there. They should be given double [the number of] tools for
their craft and a salary of 200 pesos annually more or less
during the time that they may need [the salary] until they
can earn their own subsistence, or whatever may be the pleasure
of Your Excellency.
The 50 soldiers that must be sought in the interior should
be married and well versed in the cultivation of the fields and
in the use of firearms; campistas are usually experienced in
handling them. They will probably only be lacking experience
in warfare with civilized people or wild Indians; those should,
therefore, be sought who may have experience in warfare with
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