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Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas 1788/04/20





1788 Apr. 20

Valiniere, Petrus (Pierre) Huet de la, vicar general for Father John Carroll, Prefect Apostolic of the United States.
Kaskaskia, (Illinois)

to Antonio de Sedella, auxiliary vicar
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

He wishes he could have written the enclosed instructions in Spanish but he is confident his French will be understood. (Henri) Peyroux, commandant at Ste. Genevieve (Missouri) not only because of his indifference but also because of his hatred of religion and good order has attempted was against his own pastor (Louis Guignes, O.M.Cap.) and against himself (Valiniere). Peyroux also supports a certain Heyligenstein (Paul Heiligenstein, Father Paul of St. Peter, Discalced Carmelite) putative pastor of Kaos (Cahokia, Illinois), who has no testimonial of ordination and he also supports Gibeault (Father Pierre Gibault of Post Vincennes, (Indiana) who has publicly joined in rebellion. Peyroux has told the Americans that they need not be Catholics in order to settle in Spanish territory but only say that they are Catholics. Now (Sedella) and the governor of New Orleans (Estevan Miro) should see if such a man is worthy of his office. Further, Peyroux has slandered him (Valiniere). He awaits an answer. P.S. (John) Dodge is very friendly with Peyroux and he also says that Americans need not be Catholics to settle Spanish territory but only say that they are Catholics. However, Dodge is a robber and man of no religion.

IV-4-c A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo. (Latin)

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