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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 257 CHAPTER III. As soon as the brigantines were completed and launched into the canal, on the twenty-eighth of April in that year, I reviewed our whole force, and found it to consist of eighty-six horse, one hundred and eighteen archers and musketeers, seven hundred and more foot, armed with sword and buckler, together with three heavy iron cannon, fifteen small copper field-pieces, and ten hundred weight of powder. Having finished the review, I charged and enjoined much on the Spaniards to observe and comply with the orders I should give them in con- ducting the war with as great strictness as possible ; and that they should take fresh courage and spirits, since they saw that our lord was leading us to victory over our enemies ; for they knew that when we entered Tez- cuco, we had not brought more than forty horse, and that God had succored us beyond our expectations, ships having arrived with horses, men, and arms, as they had seen ; and that they should consider especially, that we were fighting in behalf and for the spread of our faith, and to reduce to your Majesty's service the lands and provinces that had rebelled ; a consideration which should inspire them with courage and zeal to conquer or die. They all answered and showed an entire willing- ness and alacrity in complying with my wishes ; and the day of the review was passed by us with great enjoy- ment and a desire to commence the siege and end the war on which depended the peace or disquiet of these parts.