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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 371 CHAPTER II. By an order which your imperial Majesty, on the petition of Juan de Rivera, has granted touching the af- fairs of the Adelantado Francisco de Garay, it appears your Highness was informed that I had resolved to go or send to the river Panuco for the purpose of establishing peace. One reason was, that there was reported to be a good harbor at the mouth of that river ; and moreover, a number of Spaniards had been killed there, as well the party under a captain sent by Francisco de Garay, as another belonging to a ship that afterwards visited that coast, of whom not one was left alive. Some of the natives of those parts had come to me to excuse them- selves for these murders, saying that they had committed them with the knowledge that the men did not belong to my company, and alleging that they had been ill-treated by them ; but they assured me that if I wished to send any of my people there, they would receive them with much attention, and serve them by all means in their power ; that they would be pleased to have me send them, for they feared that some of their enemies with whom they had been engaged would return to wreak their vengeance on them, since they were their neighbors and had done them much mischief ; but that the Span- iards whom I should order there would be able to pro- tect them. When these persons came to me, it was out of my power to comply with their request, but I pro- mised them I would do so in as short a time as possible ; whereupon they went away contented, having offered