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128 LETTERS OP CORTES. men to form a settlement at the port of Cuacucalco, to whom I wrote that he should remain wherever the mes- senger might meet him, and not proceed until he had again heard from me, as I had received intelhgence of the arrival of certain ships in the port ; but it afterwards appeared that he knew of their arrival at the time when he received my letter. After these messengers were gone, fifteen days passed before I heard any thing more, or received any answer from them, which not a little surprised me. But at the expiration of that time, other Indians, also vassals of Muteczuma, came, from whom I learned that the ships in question had already cast anchor in the port of San Juan, and the people had landed from them ; that they brought with them eighty horses, eight hundred men, and ten or twelve pieces of ordnance, all which were depicted on the paper of the country to be shown to Muteczuma. They also reported that the Spaniard whom I had sta- tioned on the coast, and the other messengers that I had sent, were with the new comers, and that they had in- formed those Indians, (who brought the intelligence,) that the leader of the party would not suffer them to return- to me, of which they wished me to be informed. As soon as this was known, I determined to send a priest* I had brought with me, with letters from myself and the Alcaldes and Regidores of the town of Vera Cruz, then in the city, addressed to the captain and others arrived at that port, informing them fully of the success that had attended me in this country ; that I was in possession of many cities, towns, and fortified places, which had been taken and subdued, and were now in peaceful subjection

  • Fr. Bartolome de Olmedo, of the religious order de la Merced, who came as

chaplain to the expeditiop, with the Licentiate Juan Dias.— L,