History of California, Volume 20

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Page 353 - ... successor, and each had the support of the diputacion. Both knew perfectly well that they had strictly no legal right to act in the matter, and that the motives alleged, though of some weight, were not urgent for immediate action ; yet both chose to assume the responsibility of such action. Figueroa's act, if somewhat less arbitrary and uncalled for than that of Echeandia, was none the less a trick.
Page 167 - yes, that I did; and that I would not change my present opinions for all the money his mission was worth; and moreover, that before I would consent to be adopted into the society and companionship of such a band of murderers and robbers, as I deemed were to be found along this coast, for the pitiful amount of one thousand head of cattle, I would suffer death.
Page 664 - ... the whole, being plastered, makes quite a show at a distance, and is the mark by which vessels come to anchor. The town lies a little nearer to the beach — about half a mile from it — and is composed of one-story houses built of brown clay — some of them plastered — with red tiles on the roofs.
Page 137 - It was completed and raised on a Sunday, on the occasion of the arrival of the schooner Washington, Captain Thompson, of the Sandwich Islands, but sailing under the American flag.
Page 88 - The method of collection was to exact from each mission the largest possible amount of supplies for escoltas and presidial garrisons, and at the end of each year to give credit on account for the excess of amounts thus furnished over the taxes. I find no evidence that any part of the balance was paid in any instance.
Page 701 - ... It is therefore proper to devote some space right here to the memory of this remarkable friar rather than wait for the local annals. Bancroft's notes will answer the purpose for the present. Fr. Sarria, says that historian, "proved himself as prelate the worthy successor of Serra, Lasuen, and Tapis. He was a scholarly, dignified, and amiable man ; not prone to controversy, yet strong in argument, clear and earnest in the expression of his opinions; less disposed to asceticism * and bigotry 5...
Page 121 - Though there may be occasional acts of tyranny, yet the general character of the padres is kind and benevolent, and in some missions the converts are so much attached to them that I have heard them declare they would go with them if they were obliged to quit the country. It is greatly to be regretted that, with the...
Page 384 - Misfortune, extravagance, and the want of funds, or any manner of getting interest on money, soon ate the estate up, and Don Juan Bandini returned from Mexico accomplished, poor, and proud, and without any office or occupation, to lead the life of most young men of the better families— dissolute and extravagant when the means are at hand; ambitious at heart and impotent in act; often pinched for bread; keeping up an appearance of style when their poverty is known to each halfnaked Indian boy in...
Page 321 - ... which the Indians had welcomed the author's efforts, a presentment of their complaints of injustice and a general discontent under the padres' management which threatened serious consequences, a mention of good results at San Juan Capistrano, where the padres were said to have voluntarily given up the temporalities, and a plea to the missionaries to accept their duties as parish priests. Padre Sanchez replied in a long series of critical notes on both preface and...
Page 265 - I may add that, besides the vice-president, the diputado from California (Bandini), the territorial gefe-politico (Hijar), and the prospective comandante general, Padres numbered among the adherents of his plan our old friends Jose Maria Herrera, now reappointed sub-comisario of revenues, and Angel Ramirez, who was sent to take charge of the Monterey custom-house. Truly, the ayudante inspector's star was in the ascendant, all obstacles to the success of his schemes being apparently removed.

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