Governor Manuel Munoz
to
Pedro de Nava
June 9, 1794
Concerning Report of John Colbert

Source: Bexar Archives, R.B. Blake Collection, Supp., Vol. III, Pg. 122.

 

"No. 178

"The Governor of the Province of Texas.  Gives a report of John Colbert of the English Nation and Native of Philadelphia, having presented himself.  He states the reason for his coming, and asks that he be advised if he ought to permit his residence in this Capital.

Sir Commandante General:

On the 6th inst. the Comanche Indian captain named El Cojo (The Cripple) presented himself in this capital, who, consequent to admonitions that he had made to him, he brought John Colbert, of the English Nation, a native of Philadelphia, of occupation a silversmith, and of Presbyterian religion.  He said that three years ago he went out from his country, and that for fifteen months he supported himself hunting on the Llanos, and twenty-one living in Natchez and Post of Natchitoches.

That his coming has been for the purpose of embracing our religion, to be baptized, and to work at his occupation of silver-smith, and repair arms, but since that he will not speak in Spanish, not having been able to examine him, since he would not wish to be able to account to Your Lordship of the circumstances of this subject, what you will do with more length as well as it may be explained, and may observe his manner.

He was with Don Philip Nolan, and went to the village of the Towakanies, of which I had some information through the Indians, and I availed myself of the Comanche, El Cojo, in order that he discover the certainty, and traveling in search of this el mis Ing's.  Don Juan Leal and companion with a horse in order that he bring him, which I state to Your Lordship, in order that he may be pleased to advise me if his residence ought to be permitted in this capital, or what will be your greater pleasure.

Our Lord preserve your Lordship's important life many years.
San Antonio de Bexar, June 9, 1794.

Man'l. Munoz.

Sir Commandante General etc.
(From Letter Book Jan. 4, 1794 to June 25, 1795.)

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