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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

24,   pp. [unnumbered]-4 ff.

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When this is achieved, you will have in Be a vassal, who, although
very minor, wishes to serve you.   Since I have said all else that can
be said, I close, in the hope of help from a king as great as you are.
From my kingdom of Bisege, 20 April 1607,
Mangali, King of Bisege
Letter from Father Manoel Alvaren of the Society of Jesus
Since the extension of our Holy Faith in these parts depends on,
after God, Your Majesty and the favour of Your Catholic and Royal.
Person, especially at this present moment, on account of the increase
in interest and serious concern shown by these kings, it has seemed to
me very desirable that Brother Pero Fernandes should inform Your
Majesty, at the instance and request of the kings, about the situation
with respect to their becoming Christians, which they mozt importunately
seek to do, as he himself will tell you.
/f.79v/   It did not appear to me to be wise to baptize the three kings
who write to Your Majesty, because it is important to proceed carefully
and slowly, and until word comes (from you) I shall conte..t myself with
what God has worked and continues to work (here). When word does come,
I shall do whatever is ordered by Your Majesty, whose Catholic Person
may God Our Lord guard and preserve, so that you may perform many
services for Him.
From this kingdom of Guinela and the Port of Santa Cruz, 3 May 1607,
Manoel Alvares.


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