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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

35,   pp. [unnumbered]-5 ff.


Brasio 4, item 96
(ATT, Cart6rio dos Jesuitas, mago 36, 40c.92)
I am writing another [letter] to Your Reverence on a matter of
importance so that you can show it to whomever you chose and cam send
the substance of it to Father Collaco   , so that he can do the same
in Castile with the approval of the Padre Provincial. In this letter
I shall draw attention to certain specific matters.
I very such fear that they purposely did not mention in the royal
charter the 200 milreis of the Seminary. If it in because Him Majesty
proposes to take them away from us, I cannot see with wbat we can
maintain ourselves, not only when this mission has its full complement,
but even now when there are eight of us and we have left for oer
expenses only 300 milreis out of th  700 that the charter says are to
be spent on works, given that when there were four of us the 200 milreis
of the Seminary was insufficient. I do know that when King Dom Sebastiao
sent Augustinian religious to establish the convent on the Island of
S. Thome, he gave a hundred dilreis for each religious, at a time when
commodities from Portugal were very cheap and much les than they are
now. Hence, when our colleagues went to Angola, the Captain of that
Island having been ordered by the King to give then what he thought
necessary for their maintenance, and on account of the many ships
that went there to obtain sugar and regulating the matter on this basis,
agreed with his officers that each should be similarly given 100 milreis

(1) Father Ant6nio Colaco, S.J. was procurator of the Provinces,
of Portugal and Overseas, attached to the court of Madrid.


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