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    [Jose Maria de la Garza & Jose Fernandez de Cordova] Manuscript Entitled "Año de 1803. Solicitud del Cabo. Ecco. Sobre que no se impida la exaction de Dzmas. en las Provincias de Coahuila y Texas. Mexico City and Monterrey, 1803. 26pp. plus title page and blank attached integral at end, folio, 8.5" x 12". A retained copy of a pleading and responses in which Garza Falcon has acted as attorney for the church and Fernandez has signed as petitioner [both secretarially signed]; a copy received and signed for at conclusion by Jose Ignacio Negreyros y Sonia. Interesting manuscript regarding church tithes, which were generally paid in cattle. This is a request by the Ecclesiastic Board that the payment of tithes not be impeded in Coahuila and Texas. The Church of Nuevo Reyno de Leon presents a petition arguing that the decision of Nov. 25, 1802, based on the King's orders of Oct. 17, 1800 that troops and citizens at the Presidio on the line of the Frontier of Nueva Viscaya is inclusive of the Provinces of Coahuila and Texas; that the collection of tithes continue peacefully as it has since the founding of this bishopric, or that at least it be ordered that collection not be interrupted until expressly resolved to the contrary. The response to the petition from the Mexico City Superior Junta of Royal Treasury of Oct. 18, 1803, states that the royal decree of October 1800 exempted from tithes in perpetuity all Spanish nationals, soldiers and castes residing at Presidios of the frontier as well as ranches dependent on them and includes all villages which compose the provinces of Texas and Coahuila. The ruling continues to state that the Church must find other means to subsist and that while the appeal is pending, the Church of Monterey will collect as customary in Movedora, Valle de Santa Rosa, San Fernando, Rio Grande, San Antonio de Bejar, Bahia del Espiritu Santo, Cuatro Cienegas & Nava of the provinces of Texas and Coahuila. An agreement follows by the Junta with orders that all collected funds be held in deposit at the Royal Treasury. Interesting argument on part of the Church citing the different terrains and ability to make tithes by each region. Also includes the uses of the tithes, including funds used for the hospital at Monterey, which is the only hospital in Nuevo Leon. Great content with regards to the tithes and the development of the raising of the stock in Texas. Tithing in the form of cattle was a significant portion of Church incomes, with periodic disputes arising with the cattle industry who resisted the payments. Very fine condition with light foxing to cover only, clean text within. Pages are hand sewn at left margin. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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