196 LETTERS OF CORTES. tributaries, that had joined in the rebeUion against us ; and that with the assistance o£ the Spaniards who had survived, and our Indian allies, I had succeeded in re- ducing it again into subjection to your Majesty. I also mentioned that on account of the treason of this people, and the great losses they had occasioned to the Spaniards, some of whom had perished by their hands, all which was still fresh in our minds, I had determined to return in a hostile manner against the great city, which had been the cause of all this trouble ; and that for this purpose I should commence building thirteen brigantines, or small sailing vessels, in order with them to accomplish as much as possible to the injury of the city, if its inha- bitants persevered in their treasonable designs. I also wrote to your Majesty that while the vessels were build- ing, and I and our Indian allies were making prepara- tions to return against the enemy, I sent to Espaiiola for recruits of men, horses, artillery, and arms, and for this purpose I wrote to your Majesty's officials resident there ; and I forwarded money sufficient to defray the cost and expenses of all that was necessary for our relief. Your Majesty may be assured that I have not thought of enjoy- ing a moment's repose, nor shall cease to feel the deepest anxiety in regard to this matter, until victory is secure ; disregarding whatever of danger, labor and cost may attend this determination, while preparing to take up our line of march from the province of Tepeaca. I also informed your Majesty that there had arrived at the port of Vera Cruz a caravel belonging to Francisco de Garay, lieutenant-governor of the island of Jamaica, in great distress, with about thirty persons on board ; and that two other ships had sailed for the river Panuco, where the natives had attacked and routed a captain of
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