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74 LETTERS OF CORTES. as he could return very soon, the distance from this city to where Muteczuma resides being but twenty leagues. I told them that this would be agreeable to me, and I allow- ed one of them to go, who returned from thence in six days, accompanied by the other envoy who had gone pre- viously. They brought me ten pieces of gold plate, fifteen hundred pieces of cotton cloth, a great number of fowls, and a beverage, in common use among them, which is called panicap ;* and they informed me that Muteczuma had been much troubled on account of what had occurred at Churultecal, but that I must not believe it had been done by his advice or command, as he would prove to me with certainty that it was not so ; that the troops in the garrison near the city were, indeed, his, but that they had moved without his orders, at the instigation of the Cholulans, since there were two of his provinces border- ing upon Cholula, that had an alliance with that state on account of their proximity to it to aid one another ; one of them was called Acancigo, and the other Izcucan, [Acazingo and Izucar,] and that in this way they had gone there, and not by his orders ; that I should see by his actions whether what he had sent to communicate to me was true or not ; but nevertheless, that he begged me not to trouble myself to visit his country, as it was a bar- ren region, and the people were in a suffering condition ; and that he would send to me, wherever I was, to ascer- tain my wants, which he would supply in the most boun- tiful manner. I answered that I could not dispense with visiting his dominions, as I was obliged to transmit an ac- count of them, as well as of himself, to your Majesty ; that I fully believed what he had stated, by his envoys j

  • It may have been bread made of maize, as Herrera says, or a beverage

called Atole, made of maize, wat«r and s.ugar.— L,