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Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas 1796/09/10





1796 Sep. 10

Pavie, Father (Pierre)
Natchitoches, (Louisiana)

to Bishop (Luis Penalver y Cardenas)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Pavie encloses the census of his parish. He would have liked to send it sooner but circumstances did not permit. Mr. Deblanc, commandant of the post and Mr. Orgot advised him not to do anything. Now that calm is restored he has complied to the best of his ability but because of the extent of the post and the distance he can scarcely know exactly the number of negro children but only the approximate number. Penalver will see that the post has very few people but the number of children show that there will be more in the future.

A.I.S. (French) Enclosures:

(1796) (Sep. 10)

Pavie, Father (Pierre)
Natchitoches, (Louisiana)

The census of the parish of Natchitoches for the year 1795 shows a total of 436 men, 904 slaves, 325 women, a grand total of 1665. The population has increased 40 since last year; very few have made their Easter duty; there is no fixed income, received 57 reales in pew rent and offerings were 32 reales; catechisms are needed for the children as most live too far to attend the instructions given them; all are Catholics except 12 English.

A.D.S. (French)

IV-5-l A.L.S., A.D.S 4pp. 8vo. (French)

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