210 LETTERS OP CORTES. carry of their property. For this purpose, to enable them to execute their design in safety, the messengers men- tioned above had been sent to me to arrest my progress, and prevent my doing injury to them on entering the city ; and thus, for that night, they abandoned both us and their city. After I had been in this manner three days in the city, without having encountered any Indians, (as during that time they neither ventured to trust themselves in our power, nor did we care to go far in quest of them ; nevertheless my intention being to receive them always when they came to desire peace, and at all times to seek peace with them,) there came to confer with me the lords of Coatinchan, Guaxuta, and Autengo,* (which are three very large places, and are, as I have already said, in- corporated with and joined to this city,) who begged me with tears in their eyes to pardon them for having been absent from their territory ; declaring at the same time that they had not fought against me, at least of their own accord, and promising henceforth to do every thing I should command them in the name of your Majesty. I answered them by interpreters, that they had always been well treated by me, and that in deserting their country, and in other respects, they were in fault ; that since they promised to be our friends, they must return to their houses, and bring back their women and chil- dren, when I would treat them according to their acts. They then went away, as it appeared to us, not very well satisfied. When the Lord of Mexico and Temixtitan, and all the other lords of Culua, (the latter name being applied to
- Coathlinchan, Huejotla, and Atengo ; the latter also called Tenango, Te-
popula. — L.