306 LETTERS OF CORTES. to go to their other town, which was also hostile ; but when they saw so great a force had come against them, they sued for peace ; and the alguazil mayor addressed the cacique of that place, saying that he knew I would receive favorably all that came and offered themselves as subjects of your Majesty, although they were guilty ; and he asked him to go and advise the people of Matal- cingo to come to me, which he promised to do, and also to propose terms of peace to the people of Marinalco. The alguazil mayor, having been thus successful, re- turned to his camp. At that time whens ome of our troops were fighting in the city, the inhabitants sent to request our interpreter to come to them, as they were desirous of treating for peace ; which, however, it appeared they did not want except on the condition that we should entirely abandon the country. This they did that we might be induced to afford them some rest, and enable them to provide themselves with what they wanted ;. although they seemed to be always ready for a contest whenever we gave them occasion. While they were thus parleying with our interpreter, and our men were at no great dis- tance from them, being separated by only a broken bridge, an old man of their number, in the sight of all, drew forth from a capacious wallet certain things which he eat, thereby giving us to understand that they were not in want, because our people had told them they would perish with hunger. Our aUies then assured the Spaniards that their proposals for peace were all a pre- tence, and would have renewed hostilities ; but there was no more fighting that day, the leaders of the enemy de- siring to communicate with me. Four days after the return of the alguazil mayor from
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