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Title Documents concerning a petition to establish a Capuchin convent in the parish of San Mateo Jalatlaco [manuscript]: 1743-1789
Author Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Oaxaca (Mexico)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Compendium of 27 documents from 1743-1789 requesting permission to establish a Capuchin convent for Indian nuns in the parish of San Mateo Jalatlaco in the archdiocese of Antequera (now Oaxaca de Juárez). The papers document the formal proceedings, initiated in 1743 by a group of local Indian caciques and continued by members of the Cofradía de Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, to seek the approval required by law of church and state authorities to found the convent, Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, for Indian women of good lineage and daughters of caciques. Documents include the diligencias or judicial formalities begun in 1743; a list from 1743 of caciques and their towns; related petitions (several bearing the autograph signatures of viceroys Croix and Bucareli), testimony from neighboring parishes, and powers of attorney from 1750-1789; copies of cédulas reales: one from 1697 permitting Indians to enter convents and hold ecclesiastical offices, and one from 1768, allocating 2000 pesos for the construction of the convent. A status report requested by the viceroy from the bishop of Antequera, dated July 12, 1777, indicates that the construction of the convent is well under way. Other documents concern funding: there is a letter of June 30, 1777 to viceroy Bucareli from the archbishop of Antequera, asking that the 2000 pesos promised to the convent building fund be released; a notice of August 8, 1777 from the Real Caja de México requesting official confirmation of the order before payment of the 2000 pesos can be made; and the fiscal’s letter of August 29, 1777 to the king, approved and signed by viceroy Bucareli, also seeking release of the funds. The final letter of August 12, 1789 from lawyer Ignacio Covarrubias seeks repayment of funds borrowed from the Cofradía for construction expenses.
Names Covarrubias, Ignacio; Croix, Teodoro de (1730-1792); Bucareli y Ursúa, Antonio María de (1717-1779)
Places Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, Jalatlaco, Cofradía de Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, Oaxaca, Mexico; Spain
Keywords religion, church, law, petition, payment, money
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; American Indians and the European Powers; Missionaries and Education
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1144
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue