Open main menu

Page:The despatches of Hernando Cortes.djvu/169

This page needs to be proofread.

CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 147 caused a canoe to be brought, and sent several Indians to accompany my messenger, while he himself re- mained with me. When the messenger was about departing for the city of Temistitan, he perceived another canoe crossing the lake, and waited until it had reached the shore ; in this came one of the Spaniards who had been left in the city, from whom I learned that they were all living, ex- cept five or six who had been killed by the Indians. The rest were still closely confined to their quarters, which they were not allowed to leave for a moment, and were not even supplied with the necessaries of life ex- cept at a very high price. But since they had heard of my approach to the city, their treatment had improved, and Muteczuma said that he only waited for my arrival to give them permission to go about the city as usuab In company with this Spaniard came also a messenger from Muteczuma, who sent me word that he presumed I knew what had occurred in the city, and feared I should be deeply incensed against him, and return with the intention of making him suffer for what had been done ; but he begged me to entertain no such feelings towards him, as he regretted as much as I did the oc- currences in question, which had taken place without his agency or consent. He also said many other things to appease my anger, and desired me to return to my quarters in the city as before, promising to execute my commands in every respect as he had been wont to do. I answered his message by saying that I should return without taking offence against him for what had hap- pened, as I was fully aware of his friendly feelings, and should do as he requested. On the following day, which was the eve of St. John