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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

8,   pp. [unnumbered]-3 ff.

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be as it were pledged and obliged not to forsake the Christian
community we form here. The King of Biguba, in whose lands we are
staying, already wishes to become a Christian, and I have written a
letter to His Majesty about this, a copy of which I shall try to
send with the present one. But I shall not baptize him until His
Majesty responds with the solution I am suggesting in a letter I am
writing to him, and until our Padre Geral declares his wishes to me.
Thus I intend to go forward slowly and carefully in this matter, so
that time and experience may demonstrate which course of action will
be to the greatest glory of God and the good of the Society.
Following the letter from Your Reverence (to which I am replying),
on the 12th of the present month of Hay I received another letter of
yours dated the 10th of Novembe~r, and this greatly comforted me. In
it Your Reverence again recommended to hbe the same course as in the
previous one. Since I have already replied regarding the matter and
the ship which is to take the letters is ready to sail, and I am
exhausted with writing, I will go on no more.    May Your Reverence send
me.your blessing from afar, and commend me to the Lord in your holy
sacrifices and prayers.
From Guinea and the port of Biguba, 14 May 1605
Baltasar Barreira.
It will be necessary for Your Reverence to show this to the General,
unless (?) there arrives with it the copy of a letter which I am writing
to the Padre Frovincial about the state of this mission, which letter
so as not to repeat the same things and because time will not allow me
(to do otherwise), I as asking the Padre to send to His Reverence the
Overleaf: To Father JnaTo Alvares, Assistant for the Province of
Portugal of the Society of Jesus, at Rome.()
(1) The whole leoter is an autograph.


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