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Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas 1802/01/18









1802 Jan. 18

Hassett, Father Thomas
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

to Manuel de Salcedo
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bishop Luis Penalver y Cardenas on October 31, 1801, sent to Carlos Howard, Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the Regiment, a letter (referring to) Howard's letter of May 13, 1801 in which Howard (reported on) the balances of the deceased of the First and Second Battalions. Verbally Howard told Penalver that he had an order from Colonel Pedro Piernas that not more than 25 pesos from those who die intestate be turned over for suffrages for their souls. Penalver wishes to settle this before he goes as his conscience is disturbed about this delay in having the Masses said. In a letter of November 5, 1801, (the entire letter is quoted). Howard answered that he found out from Captains Luis Desalles and Ignacio Delino, trustees for 1800 about the funds belonging to deceased soldiers and found a balance for both battalions of about 50 pesos or more up to the end of 1799. (The procedure) ordered by Piernas on September 16, 1790 (is given). Howard is ready to execute Piernas' order provided it is approved by Salcedo. On the other hand he does not believe he is authorized to do so, so that it will be of importance that Penalver write to this official. However, he reminds Penalver that the scarcity of funds would not allow him to give the suggested amount of 50 or more pesos. Howard would like Penalver to signify the morning which would be convenient for all the clergy who are interested to come. Hassett sends this to Salcedo to hasten his approval in the matter.

V-3-e A. Copy S. (Spanish) 11pp. 4to.

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