1801 Nov. 2|
to Bishop (Luis Penalver y Cardenas)
It can be seen by the opinion of the assessor, Manuel Serrano, in which (Penalver) concurred, that in the verdict which was sent Duralde the omission of the documents giving him ownership of the land which Father Pedro Zamora, (O.M.Cap.), damaged contributed to his condemnation. It seems to Duralde that it would not be against justice to have had the attached memo accompanied by the copy of the bill of sale and the certificate of inventory upon which his rights rest. He takes the liberty of returning all the documents, asking that his case be reexamined in the light of these new documents. Since both are signed by him and therefore may be considered illegal, he has asked Carlos Trudeau to show (Penalver) a copy of the bill of sale made by Nicolas Forstall. It will always be a scandal to him that Zamora, a Capuchin and pastor, knowing that the land was Duralde's and having other lands more convenient, should have been the one to open the door to an abuse which would have fatal consequences among the inhabitants.
On the same paper:
(Penalver y Cardenas, Luis), Bishop of New Orleans, (Louisiana)
(Duralde's letter is turned over) to the vicar-general of the diocese.
V-3-d A.L.S., A.D.S. (Spanish) 4pp. 8vo.
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