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Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas 1803/09/06











1803 Sep. 6

Hassett, Father Thomas
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

to Manuel de Salcedo
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

Luisa de Laronde, the widow Almonester, not wishing to restore the 6344 pesos, 3 reales from the estate of her deceased husband, (Andres) Almonester (y Roxas), in favor of the Charity Hospital, Hassett has recourse to Salcedo to settle the matter. All other negotiations have failed because of the widow's refusal as shown in her letter of May 10. For information it will be necessary to have the instructions of the above patron and his accounts which were sent to Salcedo by Bishop (Luis Penalver y Cardenas) in his letter of September 30, 1801. Hassett asks Salcedo to open these papers to him for that purpose.

A. Draft S. (Spanish)

Folded with the above draft:

1803 May 31

Salcedo, Manuel de
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

to Father Thomas Hassett
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

The widow Almonaster said in her letter of the 10th: "In compliance with Salcedo's letter of January 30 enclosing a copy of one of September 30, 1801, from the Bishop about the doubts of the decision of the accounts of the Charity Hospital in charge of Francisco Seiva. Nothing showed up in the instructions set down by her deceased husband as founder and patron to clear up these doubts. She is persuaded that in consideration of the expenses of the foundation and other pious works no one could ask for accounts at the time of his directorship. She hopes all proceedings will be dropped. Because of mounting expenses Almonaster was exempted from finishing the curial house which he was building at his own expense. As a similar case, she asks to be freed from all responsibility." Salcedo sends this for Hassett's information.

L.S. (Spanish)

V-4-a A.D.S., L.S. (Spanish) 9pp. 8vo.

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