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Colonel Don Estevan Miro to the Ioway Indians

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Transcription (5 March, 2018, Paul Schwennesen & Richard Flint):

 

1.         {Red Wax Seal}   Don Est[ev]an Miró, Coronel [de] Regimiento de Infantería

2.          Fixo de la Lui[sian]a y comandante encarg[ado] del Gobierno Político y Militar

3.         de esta Provin[cia] por dipsosícíon del Excelentisimo Señor Conde de Galvez T[enien]te

4.         General de los R[eales] Exercitos, Gobernador y Capitan General de las Provinc[ia]s

5.         de la Luisiana [y] Florida occidental {etc. scribal mark} -------  ---------- --------

 

6.  En atencion á las pruevas de fidelid[ad y a]mistad que hemos tenido del Yn[dio] llamado   {Yrugana estais que}

7.  de la nacion     {Ayoas [Iowas] - - - - - -}   ma[nte]niendo estrecha union con los [esp]añoles, y venerando e[l] resp[ectable]

8.  y alto Nombre d[e] [nuest]ro C[atol]ico Monarca (qu[e dio]os guarde) Emperador de Espa[ña] [y]de las Yndias, de su valor, [y]

9.  [sequiio? con todas las otras nac]iones circunvecinas y [d]e [en bu]en disposicion y conoci[miento] [p]ara mandar con el acierto

10. [que] se require, Por quan[to] deseando premiar tan reco[mendades] circunstancias [hemos ven]ido en nomb[rarle] [como por el]

11. presente le nombramos por   {Gefe Principal de gran [m]ed[a]lla}    previniendole  [de la est]imacion que de ella debe [hacer]

12. y obligacion en que q[ue]da de gobernar bien Su gen[te] manteniendola con la quietud [y] [re]speto que debe á los Español[es]

13. enseñandola la ven[eracion] que corresponde al G[ran] Rey de España.

14.       Por lo que mandamos á los Comandantes [de] los Puestos de esta Provinci[a] [o]ficiales, Soldados, vecinos,

15. le reconoscan por tal    {Gefe Principal de gran [m]edall[a] }   á los Yndios de su Na[cion,] [y] de mas conquienes concur[ra,]

16. le respeten y obedescan. ------  ---------  ------------  ------------

17.       Dado el p[res]ente en la Ciudad de la N[ueva] [O]rleans a 15 de Marzo de 1784,,. __ -------------

18.                   E[st]evan Miró {scribal}    {in modern English: This paper was presented / to Antoine Burada / by his uncle / George Campbell}

19.                                                                                                       Andres Armesto {scribal}

 

 

Translation: Courtesy of Paul Schwennesen (KU), Dr. Richard Flint (UNM), and Dr. Robert Schwaller(KU)

1. 1.  Don Esteban Miró, regimental Colonel of fixed infantry

2. 2.  of Louisiana and commissioned commander of the civil and military governership

3. 3. of this province, by authority of the Exelentisimo señor Count of Galves, lieutenant

4. 4.  general of the Royal Forces, Governor and Captain-General of the provinces

5. 5.  of Louisiana and western Florida, etc.  ----  ---------

 

6.  In recognition of the acts of loyalty and friendship we have had from the Indian named Irugana

7.  of the Ayoas (Iowas) Nation, who, maintaining a close union with the Spanish, and honoring the respect

8.  and august name of the Catholic Monarch (God preserve him) Emperor of Spain and the Indies, of his worth and

9.  [illegible] with the surrounding nations, of a good disposition and knowledge, given under a required certainty,

10. therefore, desiring to reward such commendable circumstances, we have resolved to name him and

11. henceforth name him the Principal Chief of the great Medal, providing him with the esteem accorded

12. and obligation under which he remains toward the good governance of his people, maintaining the tranquility and respect toward the Spanish

13. teaching them the reverence due to the Great King of Spain.

14. Therefore we charge the commanders of the posts of this province, officials, soldiers, and citizens,

15. to recognize the principal chief of the Great Medal of the Indians of the Nation for whom cooperation,

16. respect, and obedience is due. -----   ------  -------

17.       Done here in the city of New Orleans on [new hand] 15 of March [Ides!] of 1784,,.  ----  ---

18.                   Estevan Miró    {This paper was presented to Antoine Burada by his uncle George Campbell}

19.                                                                                           Andres Armesto {scribal}

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