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276 LETTERS OF CORTES. his great seignory over others whose right of succession was superior to his own, by the favor of your Majesty, he labored to the utmost to induce all his subjects to engage in the war against the city, and share toil and danger with us. He conferred with his brothers, six or seven in num- ber, all well disposed young men, and begged them to come to my assistance with all the people of their dis- tricts. One of them, named Istrisuchil, twenty-three or four years of age, of great gallantry, and beloved and feared by all, he sent as a leader, who arrived in the camp of the causeway with more than 'thirty-thousand men, well equipped in their manner; and twenty thousand more joined the other two camps. I received them joyfully, thanking them for their good disposition and conduct. Your imperial Majesty may well consider whether it was not a desirable reinforcement, and sub- stantial proof of friendship on the part of Don Fernando, and imagine what the people of Temixtitan thought when they saw coming against them the people who were their vassals, friends, relations, brethren, and even fathers and sons.*

  • Don Fernando, lord of Tezcuco, having been recently baptized, acted in

such a manner that neither the most fervent Christian, nor the most valiant cap- tain, could surpass him in honorable conduct ; and by these glorious deeds, and not by lies, the Indians should be judged. — L. M. Ternaux has published, in his valuable collection, a memoir written originally in the Mexican language by a descendant of the caciques of Tezcuco, in which the events of the conquest are briefly described. The Mexican namef of the author is Ixtlilxochitl, which is probably the same written by Cortes in the text Istrisuchil. This memoir was published in the Spanish language at Mexico in 1829, edited by Don Carlos Maria de Bustamante, who denounces the Tezcu- cans in unmeasured terms for their friendship to the Conqueror. Bustamante is of Indian descent, and distinguished for his literary attainments. There is a notice of him in that agreeable work, Mdme. Calderon's Life in Mexico, vol. ii. pp. 123-4-5i