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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)

34,   pp. [unnumbered]-6 ff.


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demand that the King take them #way from us. It wan laid down
that it should be for the education of local youths in book-
learning and morality. If it is not to be a College but a convent,
there are two arguments in this direction. One is that the responsi-
bility for education, which everywhere is a heavy one, will be
exoeptionally so in this land because of its characteristics. And
it cannot be undertaken without involving much hard work, great
freedom for those teaching, and the provision of regular substi-
tutes, because of the common ailments. The other argument is that
if we are relieved from responability for schools, we can, with
less explanation and more freedom, leave here for any other parts
where we may consider God will be better served by our ministries.
In this land commodities from Portugal are so expensive that
everyone, be he layman or cleric, has some form of business or
trade in order to be able to live here. Since this would not be
legal for us, we will find it very difficult to support ourselves
with what His Majesty orders us to be given,which is a conto (1000
milreisj from his own purse and 200 milrei.s from elsewhere. For
although the royal charter only mentions twelve workers who are
to be occupied in hearing confessions, in preaching, and in other
ministries of the Society, both on this Island and in Guinea, there
must also be Brothers of the Society, to look after the houses in
which they live, and blacks for those services befitting them and
unavoidable, not only here but also in Serra Leoa and other parts
of Guinea, taking and bringing padres from one place to another in
boats or canoes, cutting timber in the forest for repairing houses,
since the woodwork has to be renewed almost every year because of
the white ants which eat it, and travelling into the interior to


 


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