1796 Jan. 1 |
(Charles IV, King of Spain)
In the new regulations that His Majesty issued on Jan. 1, 1796
for the government of the "Monte Pio Militar" in Spain and the
Indies, the articles X, XI, XII, and XIII of chapter 9 order the
Article X. That the persons concerned must present for each
payment the corresponding certificates of their Pastors stating
that they are either widows or unmarried women and that the former
take care of their children or "entenados."
Article XI. That if they change their residence or parish,
they must take with them an explicit justification and present it
immediately to the new Pastor in order that he may certify
afterwards the state of the new parishioners.
Article XII. a) That the Pastors or their substitutes must be
sure of the truth of their statements when they give certifications
of widowhood or celibacy. Accordingly, they must check the secret
and public books of matrimonies and registers. b) That they must
also get information from creditable persons because the payment of
the pensions is destined only to widows and those unmarried women
and not to those who being secretly married try to use pious funds.
Article XIII. That the widows, orphans, and mothers who after
having got married, continue claiming the pensions, are obliged to
give back the sum and will suffer the punishment of losing
afterwards any right whatsoever to the benefits of the "Monte." In
the case of frauds like this are discovered, the persons implicated
will have to indemnify with their own goods the usurped sums of the
funds of the "Monte Pio." (There are seventeen printed copies of
the above document in the New Orleans papers).
IV-5-f (Printed) D 1p. 8vo. (Spanish)