December 8 (November 28, o.s.)

Jamaica: The Council meets in Port Royal.  Colonel Leonard Claiborne confesses to having disobeyed orders given by his superior officer, Captain Bernart Andreis.  A general court martial is ordered for December 1.  The sloop Neptune, impressed for government service after the earthquake, is ordered to be returned to her owners.  French prisoners are to be sent to St. Domingue.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas attends a mass in the morning for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, then meets with his Zuni guide, Agustín, and his companions.  He thanks them for their help and gives them the buffalo hides he promised as payment, as well as supplies for the journey back to Zuni.  They say that they are worried about attack by the Apaches and would therefore like to return by way of Acoma Pueblo, and they ask Vargas for a letter to the people at Acoma to ensure their safe passage.  Vargas obligingly writes a letter to Mateo, the governor of Acoma, introducing the Zunis and explaining why he took a shortcut under their guidance rather than returning via Acoma himself.  This satisfies the Zunis, who leave happy.

Vargas then orders his men to prepare to leave their campsite at the waterhole which he names La Purísima Concepción in honor of the day of its discovery.  They head toward the Rio Grande, with the Magdalena Mountains in view and serving to direct them.  When they get to the Sierra del Socorro they cross it, following the tracks of the men and animals from the expedition who left the previous night to find water.  They find them waiting in a broad arroyo at the foot of the mountains.  Since it is pretty late at this point, Vargas orders the reunited expedition to camp there for the night.

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