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Mota, A. Teixeira da (Avelino Teixeira); Hair, P. E. H. (Paul Edward Hedley) / Jesuit documents on the Guinea of Cape Verde and the Cape Verde Islands, 1585-1617: in English translation
(1989)

Appendix: the context of the Sierra Leone mission 1605-1650,   pp. 132-140 ff.


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Mhe letters from aorreira and the king appear
not to ba'e been received until June 1609
(Brasio 4, item 93), which in the odder inasmuch
an they had then been available in print for
two. years (can it be that the editor has
misread the date of ite4 98?). Howover the
king's reply in at the anmea psce being dated
19.11.16111 and is almost as odd, since it
: reslie  to: three letters from Bsrreira at once
- the 1605 letter from the Fdo Gxande, the
letter describing eprly suoowes in Sierra Leone,
and a later letter, non-extant but probably
written in 1609 (ibid., item 113). It is
uncertain whethr this tardy reply reached
arre~ira before he died, in Juno 1612.
4.3.1606       The King:of Portugal makes c grent of the
Sierra Leone dietrict to Pedro Alvares Pereira
(hereafter PAP),=on this date, in order to form
settlements, etc. (Brisio 4, itea 37).  he grant
states that the- mtter was fix-t discussed
under the previous king, that is, before 1598,
whioh might refer to the proposal for conquista
rather than to a specific grant to PAP. 7Wrever
a Jesuit document of c. 1612 states that PAP
applied to the previous king for a grant of
Siezra Leone (:Anonymoua Jesuit paper, m
Spanish, on the Sierra Leone grant, R.A.H,
pap. Jea., t. 105, doc. 16, transcript shown me
by A. Teixeira da Mota). Be that as it say,
did PAP know about the Jesuit activity at
Sierra Leone when he finslised the grant in
1606?0- and were the Jeuitdt behind the royal
actioni Writing to 1Rome on 4.3.1607, Barreira
inferred that PAP had contacted him out of
the blue, to inforn him about the grant;
but in a letter the next day to hia Provincial,
BPrreira stated that 'after the letters I wzote
last Pebruary and Warch had reached Portugal,
and PAP received a letter I sent him ... he
arranged to conclude the religious aspects
(padrdo) of the grant of the conquetas', which
might-be read as implyin6 thstIrreira had
known before MIarch 1606 that the grant was in
the wind (Bnrio 4, pp. 221, 225).


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