One day his neck was under foot of king and friar, next day under that of judge and general; and of these four tyrants, he found the judge and general far less mindful of his rights than priest and king.
As one of the converts of St. Francis
, he was lodged and fed; but since his year of freedom, he has been a beggar and an outcast in the land of which he was once a prince.
At Santa Clara
lay the camp and refuge of a band of brethren, who in pious zeal, without an eye to their own profit, lived among a herd of savages for more than sixty years, making the one great effort that has ever yet been made to save the natives of this coast.
Ten or twelve missions were engaged in carrying on the work; missions at San Diego
and Santa Barbara
, at San Luis Obisco and San Carlos
, at Soledad
and San Juan
, at San Jose
and San Francisco
; but the heart and brain, the rule and method, of this great Christian experiment, were at Santa Clara
Here the provincial had his seat.
Here strangers in the country were received.
Hither came every one who wished to make a fortune, or to thrive at court.
Reports were sent from other missions to Santa Clara