Letters from Paterna and Cruzado to Palou and Barri relating events of desertion and return of several members of an expedition and conditions under Fages' control.

Serial Number
041-03696
Title
Letters from Paterna and Cruzado to Palou and Barri relating events of desertion and return of several members of an expedition and conditions under Fages' control.
Author(s)
Paterna, Antonio (Fray)
Cruzado, Antonio
Date
08-21-1771
Date
04-18-1772
Documentation
San Diego. August 21, 1771. 26p. Letter. Copy.
Summary
Concerns establishment of two missions made possible by arrival in San Diego of Mule train with provisions. Concerns subsequent desertion of Ten men, nine soldiers and the Mule train leader. Fages told Paterna to return the deserters, pardoning them but setting certain conditions for their return. Paterna took a signed pardon and the deserters returned under his protection and he promised they would be kept together. Upon return Fages immediately assigned each to separate missions. Ten deserted again. Paterna says this resulted in restraining god's work, establishment of San Buenaventura and loss of credibility for priest. Relates Fages' decision to found San Gabriel although there weren't enough people to support it. Fages then sent soldiers from San Diego leaving San Diego defenseless. Paterna claims this resulted in subsequent Indian raid on San Diego. Concerned that there are too many missions founded with too little protection and resources. Opposes having to pay soldiers since mission runs on donations and doesn't have enough as is. Complaints about provision boats that are late or lost and lack of Indians to serve them. Requests governor to transfer more Indian families to mission. Requests license for Cordero, a returned deserter proved very faithful. (M. Dannemiller, March 1988)
Persons
Paterna, Antonio (Fray)
Palou, Francisco (Padre)
Barri, Felipe (Teniente Governor)
Fages, Pedro
Vizcayno, (Padre)
Cordero, Francisco
Cruzado, Antonio
Parron, Juan (Padre)
Robles, Juan Jose
Cordero
Places
Loreto
San Buenaventura (Mision)
San Miguel (Mision)
Sonora
San Diego
Monterrey
San Gabriel
First Location
AZTM, AGN, Vol. 152 ff. 391-404
Original Location
AGN, Mexico City, Provincias Internas Vol. 152 ff. 391-404
Language
Spanish
Notes
Ff. 400,401 repeated
Reference Number
15200014
Rights
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