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Title Documents concerning the proposal to establish a Capuchin convent in Dolores [manuscript]: 1809 Jan. 21-1810 April 9
Document Type Manuscript; Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Copies of documents from January 1809-April 1810, concerning a proposal by José María Gonzáles, María Micaela Rodríguez de Otón, and Mariano Abasolo to establish a Capuchin convent in Dolores for daughters of caciques and other pure-blooded Indian women. On January 21, 1809, judge Nicolás Fernández Rincón orders that their petition be reviewed by the ecclesiastical tribunal of Dolores, and on February 25, 1809, by the promotor fiscal or attorney general for Church matters. Included with the petition are testimonies of residents in support of the project, as well as statements from the alcaldes of the towns of San Luis de la Paz, San Luis Potosí, and Santiago del Río. Other documents verify sources of funding for the convent, and include González’s transfer of title of the building he is donating. In addition, various landowners pledge to contribute a percentage of their annual income for the maintenance of the convent. The case is approved by the fiscal for Church matters on November 11, 1809 and confirmed by diocesan officials. There are two copies of these proceedings, signed by clerk Rafael Aragon on December 14 and 15, 1809. The report of the state’s attorney, signed by Ambrosio de Sagarzurieta in Mexico City on January 31, 1810, raises seven questions about the proposal, such as the reliability of the donors to fulfill their pledges; the jurisdiction under which the convent would function; and social problems that might result from mixing Indian and Spanish nuns. Also included is a statement by Miguel Bachiller y Mena, legal advisor to the viceroy, dated in Mexico City on April 9, 1810, indicating further steps to be taken to continue the case.
Names Aragon, Rafael; Bachiller y Mena, Miguel; Gonzáles, José María; Otón, María Micaela Rodríguez de; Abasolo, Mariano; Rincón, Nicolás Fernández; Sagarzurieta, Ambrosio de
Places Guanajuato, San Luis de la Paz, San Luis Potosí, Santiago del Río, Mexico; Spain
Keywords religion, church, petition, money, expenses, deed, landowner, government, New Spain, Spain
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 1147
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue