This promise is inferred from Santa Ana’s letter of Dec. 20, 1751. 124 Texas Historical Association Quarterly. Despite the assurance given to Dolores by Gon- Zales, this move of the former led very speedily to a politely worded, however none the much less spirited dispute between the 2. Within the competition that attended the dispute, Espiritu Santo had the benefit of geographical position decidedly. The.Cu janes had been happy with the proof of goodwill or better, perhaps, with the professionals- pect of extra gifts and, without awaiting the arrival of the promised minister, fifty-4 adults 1 set out for San Antonio to confer with Dolores.
When on April 8 they reached the neighborhood of Santa Dorotea or New Bahia, they were seen by some mission In- dians. These warned Captain Piszina that hostile Cujanes were close to by killing mission cattle. A squadron of soldiers and Indians was accordingly sent out, and the Cujanes, after a slight show of struggle, had been taken to the presidio. Right here they remained, notwithstanding their earlier intention to go to San Antonio. 2 Gon- Zales and Piszina claimed that the Cujanes had been informed that they may proceed their journey, that no power was used to keep them at Bahia, and that it was solely with misgivings and after deliberation that their request to be allowed to remain at the mission was granted.
But Dolores believed that if not force, then persuasion had been used to rob him of the fruits of his efforts. With a forbearance that is likely to be known as commendable, however, he held his peace and made one other try, which likewise re- suited more to the advantage of the rival mission than of his own. Some Cujanes had returned Queens, NY from Bahia to their country and gathered ninety-5 extra Indians “of the Lujan, Companies, Gua- pipes, and Talancagues tribes.