June 22 (June 12, o.s.)

Massachusetts: The battle in Maine over the settlement of Wells that began the previous day with an attack by French and Wabanaki forces rages on. By evening the attackers decide that they will never be able to take the garrison where the English colonists have barricaded themselves or the ships in the harbor, and they content themselves with burning the town’s remaining buildings to the town and killing all the livestock they see. They also taunt the settlers in the garrison and call them cowards for not coming out and fighting. They do manage to capture one settler, whom they take out of gunshot range from the garrison but still in full view of those within it. As those in the garrison look on, they scalp the man alive, castrate him, cut him with knives between his fingers and toes, and begin stabbing him in various parts of his body and stick burning firebrands into the wounds. They continue this until he is dead, then depart.

New Mexico: The meeting of the council of Franciscans in New Mexico called by Father Hinojosa on June 17 takes place. As Hinojosa intended in calling the meeting, the council goes to governor Vargas and asks for a copy of the proceedings in the dispute between him and Hinojosa. The governor replies that he has already sent a copy to the viceroy and therefore will not provide another copy. Though the priests beg him to reconsider, he refuses, and he suggests that the request may impinge on his exercise of the king’s right, granted by the Pope, to spread the Gospel in his domains. This angers the Franciscans, and heated words are exchanged.

All of the provincial officials are present and witness this dispute, and there is also a substantial crowd of ordinary citizens; the priests suspect that they are there because the governor called a general muster of the populace. Juan Muñoz de Castro, one of the Franciscans, pointedly asks the crowd if any of the priests has ever thrown the Indians out of their pueblos or neglected anyone in need.  No one challenges his implication, and the priests leave soon afterward.

The members of the council sign a statement certifying what happened, and Hinojosa sends it, along with an explanatory letter, to Juan Capistrano and Diego Trujillo, the leaders of the Franciscan movement in New Spain, hoping that they will use their influence with the viceroy to rein in the governor.

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