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Title: Á Todos los religiosos y religiosas, prelados y súbitos, sujetos á nuestra obediencia, salud y paz en N. S. J. C.
Creator: Bestard, Fr. Juan Buenaventura, 1763-1831
Editor: Antonio de Medina
Publication Info: Madrid : , May 06, 1816.
Physical Details: 21 x 30 1/2 cm
Physical Condition: Tripartite creased pages, stain from stamp. Handwriting on last page.

Summary: Fr. Juan Buenaventura Bestard, Comisario General de las Indias, requests reports be sent from provinces and religious schools for ecclesiastical administration purposes. Reports must include information about the demographics, education, and religiosity of local members.
Historical Notes: In the early 19th century, Spanish administrators took measures to monitor religious and social activities in the Indies in light of the revolution for independence. Fr. Juan Buenaventura Bestard, Comisario General of the Indies, reminded the Franciscans in the Americas of their numerous duties as loyal subjects to the King of Spain in August of 1816. This letter from May, 1816 requires the Franciscans to submit information about themselves, their past actions, and involvement in the revolution. Prefects compiled the requested information and also collected lengthy autobiographies from each of the regions' priests. Bestard required a series of annual reports from each region. Bancroft, Hubert Howe. "Mission Affairs." The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Vol. XIX. San Francisco: The History Company, 1886. Pp. 392-412.

Subject(s): Church and education -- Colombia
Church attendance -- Colombia -- Bogotá
Catholic Church -- Discipline
Church and state -- Colombia -- History -- 19th century
Catholic Church -- Education -- Colombia
Related Items in the Collection: Al R. P. Pred. Ap. Fr. Juan Antonio Gutierrez x Guard. de nro. Colegio de Popayán

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: NA
Record Number: 620