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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Annual report for 1613: for the provincial of the Society of Jesus,   pp. [unnumbered]-19

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rid you of the darkest shadows of hell with which the devil has clouded
your understanding so that you do not believe in the Creator. Your
intermediaries in these (sic) can only be his priests of the Society of
Jesus, when you agree that under these conditions the trade in divine
merchandise should be set up in your Kingdom." At this point he told
him what padres are; and explained to him about religious poverty, which
is served for the best reason in the world, because those who profess it
do so out of love for Jesus Christ. And in order that he should be
better understood by the idolatrous savage, the king's petitioner repeated
to him, "If the commerce and trade in souls is established in your land,
the padre will come here with others who are his brothers. Our padres
are not like the legates of the Mohammedan sect who only want the wealth
of your kingdom, and are really ambassadors for the lies of the false
prophet."    And so that there should lack nothing needed for the
material foundation of the edifice, he explained to him what a church
was, and how the administration and government of the Christians had to
proceed on the orders of the padre and of no one else.
Now the idolater cries for a church, calling "Church, church."
It was founded three years ago; and I have already written how the
Holy Evangelist cast his net, etc. After the Divine Royal Eagle built its
nest here, /f.127v/ did Farma persecute anyone? Did he (ever) break his
word? The Portuguese masters, their servants and their possessions, are
(now) safer in the town centres and market places of King Farma than in
th4ost heavily defended fortresses.   Then what shall I say of the
(sanctity of the) legacies of the dead? The very arrifals of the savage
arehecurer for these, so safe are they in them from being taken by the
greedy, than they were in the hands of the most scrupulous treasurers for
the estates of the dead.


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