FOUR eye-witnesses of the discovery and conquest of Mexico have left written records :

Hernando Cortis, who wrote five letters known as the Cartas de Relacion to the Emperor Charles V.

'J:he Firfl of these letters despatched from Vera Cruz, has never been found, but Its place is supplied by a letter written to the Emperor at the same time by the Municipality of Vera Cruz, dated loth July, 15 1 9.