The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 70
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70 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
of the Holy sacraments [and] the spiritual welfare of the parish-
ioners, for which, and in order that the holy intentions of his
majesty may be put into practice, we order and command that each
one of the curates make a map or plan of the territory of his par-
ish, marking the settlements, stating the number and condition of
the parishioners, the[ir] temperament, the employments and occu-
pations by which they live and sustain themselves, the condition
of the roads from settlement to settlement,-that is, whether they
are level, broken, or wooded; whether there are intervening rivers
of considerable volume, and how they are crossed, in time of rain
or in dry weather, or [and] with what dangers or inconveniences
one travels from one settlement to others [another]. And con-
sidering that some of the curates may find themselves embarrassed
in the execution of this our mandate, through want of practice in
making map [s], or by [their] not understanding well that
expressed in this despatch, let them observe and practice that
which, for illustration and example, is placed on the other side.
And in consideration of its being of so much importance for the
curates and the spiritual welfare of their parishioners, we order
and command that within thirty days counted from the receipt of
this despatch, they remit to our Secretaria de C6mara y Govierno
the map [s] and the description of all the aforesaid, under penalty
to the secular curates of two hundred pesos, and to the regular
[curates] of four months' suspension from office and benefice, dur-
ing which time a secular priest shall serve the parish (doctrina),1
and let him have the income of the parish. Given in the City of
Guadalaxara, on the eleventh day of the month of May, in the year
one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five; signed in our own
name and hand, sealed with our seal, and countersigned by our
undersigned Secretaria de Odmara y Govierno. Diego, Bishop of
Guadalaxara. By order of the Most Illustrious, the Bishop, my
Lord Pedro de Madrid.
Br. [ ?] Jph Antto. Ildephonso d la Pefia.
HERBERT E. BOLTON.
1A doctrine was technically an Indian town or village newly converted
to Christianity, to which the parish organization had not yet been given
(see Bancroft, History of Mexico, II, 178, note), but in this case doctrine
and parish seem to be used as synonymous terms.
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