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EARLY HISTORY OF TlIMENEZ-EFATIO HOUSE AND PROPER
Compiled by L.;aa Snodgrass. 1971-i<2
Research and Translation by Eugenia B. Arana 1971-1972
End of First Spanish Period
Puente Map, 1764. Christoval Contreras
By the 'rz:!-ty of Paris, February 10, 1763, between Spain and Great Britain,
Florida was ceded to Great Britain for the return of Cuba to Spain. Spanish
citizens of St. Augustine were given permission to sell their properties to
British subjects within a period of 18 months from the date of ratification of
Captain Juan de Cotilla of Engineers was commissioned to appraise properties
and supervise the sales to the English. Cotilla was recalled to Havana and the
Crown then appointed Commissioner Don Juan Elixio do la Puente, who took over
Cotilla's duties. (1) To discharge his responsibility properly, Puente made a
map of the city, dated January 22, 1764, on ihich he listed the owner, lot,
measurements and,building material of each house (Exhibit I, Puente Map and Key).
On this map the site under consideration here is listed as No. 243, Block V,
tabby house of Christoval Contreras, 26 varas North by 46 varas East.
(1) Boyd, Mark F. "History of 18th Century Florida and Con Elixio de la Puente."
Unpublished manuscript, Mark F. Boyd Collection of Florida History, University
of Miami, Coral Gables.
Exhibit I, see over.
British Period 1763-1783
Transfer of Real Property of Spaniards
Some Spanish residents were ab3l to dispose of their properties within the
allotted time, but a great many found no buyers and left their houses with
Puente for disposal when they evacuated to Havana. Puente was able to sell
some of these properties but for the lack of purchasers was unable to dispose
of others, and in turn sold certain parcels in trust to Jesse Fish, a British
* subject. (I) Mr. Fish had been living in St. Augustine since 1732 and had
been an agent 6f the Walton Exporting Co. of New York, for at least nine yeqrs
prior to the British occupation. Fish was to dispose of the properties when-
ever possible and remit to Puente in Havana or to Don Luciano de Herrera, who
was to remain in the city. An examination of the Jesse Fish Account Book (2)
gives no indication that this particular house and lot were ever conveyed by
Christoval Contreras either to Puente, Fish, or any British subject before
his (Contreras') departure to Cuba. It is therefore assumed to have reverted
to the British Crown in 1764.
(1) Lawson, Edward W. Translator, 1956. "Documents relative to (the) Sale of
Spanish properties in St. Augustine, Florida, by Juan Joseph Elixio de la
Puente in 1764." 28 typescript pages. SAHS
(2) EFP-LC. "Accounts of Jesse Fish," Bundle No. 319, 1763-1770, Reel No. 146.
Moncrief Map Pritchard, Dry
In 1765, British Engineer James Moncrief made another map of St. Augustine and
on i he also showed the names of the property owners. (Exhibit II, Moncrief
. and Key). The town was divided into quarters, including those named Key,
Moultrie, Main Guard, Halifax, Greenville, Society, Henderson, Keppel and
Skinner. The Moncrief map shows that the lot formerly owned by Contreras was
the property of Dr. Richard Pritchard (Prichard), surgeon of the Ordnance Branch
of the Military and was listed as No. 1 in Skinner's Quarter. (L)
Dr. Prichard, however, was not the first British owner of this house. In 1828,
William Dry of North Carolina, who had owned this house in 1775, was trying to
have his --Clih grant title validated by the U. S. Board of Land Co.missioners,
a body appointed by Congress to ascertain claims and titles to land in East and
West Florida after their acquisition by the U. S. Through his to D. McCob,
Dry submitted all supporting documents and it is in these documents that the
names of the owners of the former Contreras house aro found (Exhibits III, IV, V).
"-o-Ca--:iles L. East Florida As a British Province 1763-1784, UCLA, 1913,p. 166
Exhibits, see over
Dry Property Doscribed flton to Prichard to Wilson
The earliest of the Dry land grant documents is a conveyance from Gerard Walton,
a merchant of this province, to Dr. Prichard. Walton must have acquired this
property (record not found) soon after the arrival of the British for he sold to
Prichard (on February 12, 1765) "all that parcel or lot of land situate, lying
and being in the town of St. Augustine in the Province of East Florida containing
from North to South 26 Spanish varas fronting the Hospital Street and running from
said street West 43 varas to the North joining an house and lot of said Gerard
Walton, to the South on the alley that runs West from the waterside, and to the
West an house and lot of James Henderson with a Stone House and out houses thereon
erected..." The price was 70 milled dollars. On March 13, 1766, the lot was sur-
veyed and on June 15, 1767, a grant was issued signed by Governor James Grant in
the name of the King of England. The grant stipulated that "the said Richard
Prichard, his Heirs or assigns, shall within two years next after the Date of
these presents, erect and build upon the said Lot hereby Granted, One good and
sufficient Tennantable House with One Brick Chimney at least and of the Dimensions
of twenty four feet in Length or Front, and sixteen feet in Breadth or Depth at
least." This same building stipulation appears on other British grants as a
matter of form, therefore the stipulation here does not preclude the existence of
the stone houses mentioned in the instrument of sale, Walton to Prichard. (Deed
Book D in the (British) Registery Office, July 27, 1767.) Exhibit III.
Dry Property Described (cont'd) Wilson to Dry History A/S
Dr. Prichard owned the property until 1772. On December lh, 1772 he signed a
lease to 'iilliam Wilson. The following day he signed a conveyance or sale of
"the lot on the corner of Hospital Street and Crowk (sic) Lane for (illegible).
On the 20th William Wilson leased for one year to Woilliam Dry two town lots, No. 1
in Skinner's Quarter and No. 4 in Jenkin's Quarter (the latter not the subject of
this research) for 80 pounds paid and rent of one peppercorn if lawfully demanded,
S when the lots will be then conveyed. On December 29, 1772, William Wilson sold
the above two lots to Williar Dry for $ shillings. This sale was registered on
January 8, 1776 Exhibit IV). jursuant to the governor's order dated March 13,
1776, William Gerard DeBrahm, surveyor general, made a certified plat of the
lot on Hospital Street with Grogg Lane on the Southeast but the date of the plat
is illegible. (Exhibit III).
Second Spanish Period, 1783-1821 History A/S
De La Ropcque Map Dry, Luis Contreras
William Dry must have owned this property until 1783. No record has been found
of his disposing of the property by that date when, by the Second Treaty of Paris,
Florida became again a Spanish province. British subjects were given 18 months
to dispose of their properties. Dry must have left the province without having
been able to sell his property for his name does not appear on the 1788 map made
by Spanish Engineer Mariano de la Rocque. The property is shown as Block 27,
Lot 186, upon which is only one building. It is described as "the ruins of a
masonry house, in bad condition; the lot and ruins in the custody of Luis Con-
treras." The location of this ruin appears to be the same location as one of
the Puente and Moncrief structures. The dimensions, however, vary slightly
(Exhibit VI, Rocque Map and Key).
Exhibit, see over.
LuiS ontraras, Juan hrnande
Luis Contreras was the son of the 176l owner of the subject property, Christoval
Contreras. He was born in St. Augustine on June 4, 1763, just at the time the
Spanish residents were preparing to evacuate to Cuba. It appears that Luis
Contreras might have returned to claim his father's former property, as many
others did, but no claim has been found. The property therefore, must have
reverted to the Spanish Crown. One of the first duties of Governor Juan Nepo-
muceno do Quesada upon his arrival in St. Augustine in 1790 was to examine the
condition of the city. He found the buildings in deplorable condition, many
in ruins. As a consequence, he ordered that an inventory and assessment bo
made of all those houses that had fallen into the Royal patrimony, including
also those of private ownership. It was his desire to auction the King's
property so that private owners could have the opportunity of saving all possible
structures from further damage. On this assessment list, the old Contreras
property was listed as No. 234, and described as "a lot only," in the possession
of one, Francisco Roche. (I) The public auction that Governor Quesada had pro-
posed took place on April 8, 1791. The lot was bid in by Juan Hernandez for
which bond and contract were delivered on May 7, 1791. (2) On November 7, 1797,
Andres Ximenez bought the property from Hernandez and built upon it a house with
a store on the first floor. (3)
Footnotes, see over.
Who was Andres Ximenez?
On April 27, 1791, Andres Xime-nez married Juana Pellicer, 15 year old daughter
of Francisco Pellicer and Margarita Femanias, Pellicer's first wife. (1)
Pellicer was a master carpenter, a native of the Island of Minorca, and a
leader of the group of refugees rom Turnbull's New Smyrna colony who came to
St. Augustine in 1777. (2) The marriage license shows that Ximenez was born
in the Kingdom of Granada, Parish of Santa Cecilia in the City of Ronda, Spain.
Ximenez was the son of Miguel and Rosa Clavere. Character witnesses stated that
Ximenez was a worthy person and that they had known him in Havana and Pensacola.
The name of Xlienez does not appear on Father Hassett's Census of 1786 therefore
we must assume that he came to St. Augustine between that date and 1791. (The
marriage license, April 12, 1791, is the first known record of Ximenoz b:ing in
St. Augustine. No record has been found of his having been in Pensacola.) Andres
and Juana Ximenez had five children: Jose Miguel Francisco (b. March 19, 1793),
Miguel Valentin Antonio (b. February 15, 1796), Rosa Maria Melitona (b. March 10,
1798), Francisco (b. 1799, d. 1803) and Antonia (b. 1801, d. 1803). Juana, the
mother, died September 6, 1802. (1) For a time the five children lived with
Grogorio Suarez and his wife Maria Pellicer, Juana's half-sister. Andros visited
Havana to recuperate from a slight illness bat before going he made his first will,
dated October 19, 1802. (Exhibit VII).
Notes and Exhibit, see over.
Property and Business
Before Ximenez bought the subject property he purchased the property across
the street from it on November 3, 1791. (1) The purchase was made from
Antonio Palma and was described as "a house of wood divided into two on
Hospital Street which is west boundary, East and North by Manuel Solano,
and South by a Cross Street." The first segment of this house was built by
William Curtis in 1783 who sold it on July 29, 178h to Francisco Entralo
and Antonio Palma. It was described at that time as a wooden house, two
stories high. The two new owners built another house on the same lot. By
the time that Ximenez bought the lot, the house was "divided into two." (2)
In this house Ximenez set up a store in 179L. Manual hengil, the government
socrotary, stated that the license for a store was issued to Ximenez on .
Soots3bero 16, 179h. Business must have been good because Ximenez was able to
accumulate the wealth which enabled him to buy the property across the street,
i. e. the subject property. Most of the available information on Ximenez, his
business, his estate and his family is found in the Testamentary Proceedings
involving his estate.(3)
1. ..7?-LC. Bundle 368, Escrituras (notarized instruments) 1791-1792, Reel
No. 170, page 332.
S ??-LC. G"Records of ThJt r.ont:ry Proceedings 1756-l82l" Bundle No. 308Q12,
S___ ,, 7' 937 nan. ""lorida Ano de 1806 Toctaomentaria por
-* ropui-~y and :iis33i~s(~ ~d
The first will of Ximenoz (October 19, 1802) listed his property as f house
wheor he lived, with a lot; another lot across the street (Hospital) and a
mulatto woman named Rosa about 30 years old. And he stated that "in the said
house I have a grocery store and a billiard table with everything pertaining to
it." He also mentioned having an inventory made but this inventory has not been
found. Ximonez stated that his father-in-law, Francisco Pellicer "remains in
charge, custody and .na,~rn of the house, store, and other chattels.i"(txhibit VII)
The following table list's licenses of record held by Ximenez. (i)
e of Business Date Issued or Covering Exiration or Cancellation
(1) See over
Dap-G 100, 1IY74
February 1, 1801
April 1, 1801
May 1, 1801
Most of 1801 & 1802
First 6 months 1804
June 1804 through March 1806 Cancelled by Ximenez June 30,
1806. He died April 17, 1806.
Second Will, Inventory of Property
Seven days before his demise, that is, on April 10, 1806, Ximenez made a
second will. He stated that he was a wiaower, and names his three living
children, all minors, as heirs. Santos Rodriguez, storekeeper at the fort,
and Gregorio Surez, assistant'pharmacist of the Royal Hospital, were named
executors. His estate, Ximenez declared, consisted of the house in which he
lived, with its lot, and another lot (across Hospital Street); one mulatto
slave named Rosa. And he said that he had a"tienda de comestibles" or general
merchandise store "en la citada casa" in the mentioned house. From the inven-
.tories and appraisals, it appears possible that the store was in one of the
buildings (warehouses) to the rear of the dwelling. There is an inventory of the
merchandise in the store (as shown by the account of the sale of goods to indivi-
Sduals), some stone that he had either for sale or some other purpose, his furniture,
personal belongings, the house, two storehouses, and outbuildings. Separately
listed is a fairly large stone kitchen with a chimney, on the second lot, across
Hospital Street, and a small wooden house which stood in the rear (interior). The
little house, "la casita" was rented to Marcelino Espinosa after the death of
Ximenez. (Exhibits VIII, IX, X, XI)
Exhibits: See over.
Second Will, Inventory of Property (cont'd)
The main house on the subject lot is described in the Testcmentary Proceedings as of
stone, two stories in height. The number of second floor rooms is not clear, but there
was a -arlor (sala) with a chimney, and a dining room (comedor). The lower floor was
of ornigon, similar to tabby. The house had 15 doors (some of these were interior
doors), 16 windows, partitions of wood, a stairway with bannisters and railing and a
ci'Dboard below. The roof was of wood with four dormer windows (techo con 4 ventanas).
No balcony or gallery is mentioned. (The house in 1972 has five dormers, throo in front
and one each on the North and the South, and a balcony on the East. Other alterations
are apparent from extant photographs of the house in the files of the St. Augustine
Historical Society.) Two stores or storehouses (alr-acenes) were on the subject lot.
The first was of stone with shingle roof (material?) and floor of ormigon. The second,
which may have been joined in part to the first, was also of stone, had a stone chimney,
split pine s-.in-.lcs and floor of wood. It appears significant that the doors and windows
of thcse two structures were counted as being in one building by the assessor. There
w-rc also a ladder (escalera de mane). Reviewing the types of merchandise handled
by Xim.ne.z, it is conceivable that the larger of the storehouses (with ormigan floor)
..as in fact the store and the other (with wood floor) was a warehouse. The kitchen,
a woll, a wooden privy, wash shed and fence and a stone wall (along Cadiz Street) are
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A,n'u o .cupui y s. IV U I I *L) I -L 9
It appears that all the merchandise.in the store and the furnishings of the
house were sold (.Exhibit IX). Ventura Boix was the principal buyer. An interest-
ing fact was discovered on pages 46 to 48 of Ximenez' Testamentary Prococdings.
Those pages comprise a list of accounts paid to the estate of Ximenoz from the
time of his death until December of 1806, a period of eight months. Ximcnez must
have moved his abode to his store downstairs for there is an entry for 80 pesos
paid by William Cook (Guillermo Cook). This included 75 pesos for the rent of the
upstairs of the house from December 18, 1805 to May 27, 1806, al respect, (at 14
pesos a month) and the other five pesos for money he owned the store.
Ventura Boix died on September 19, i806, five months after the death of Ximenoz.
In the Testamentary Proceedings on the death of Boix (1), it is revealed that he,
in company with Pedro Miranda and Felix Duran, established the "store of Felix
Duran" in the Ximenez house in May of 1806. In June he rented the upstairs of
Sthe house (vacated May 27 by William Cook). Another entry of accounts paid to the
estate of Ximenez is for 110 pesos for rents for the "house in which Ventura Boix
lived": 10 pesos in May for the downstairs only, and 100 pesos from June 1 to
.October 5, at 24 pesos a month.
(1) EFP-LC. Bundle 308Q12, Reel 140, Document No. 9, page 30, "Florida Year
1806, "Inventario por fallecimiento do Don Ventura Boix, Porta uion dol Esquadron
de Dragones de America, y Com.andante del Piquete que de dicho Cuerpo guarnede
esta Plaza." ..
Andres Ximenez .
'. Estate (cont'd)
S In November 1806 the house (and the store?) was rented to Vicente Lierena who
.. paid (in December) 27 pesos to the estate of Ximenez, 11 pesos from November 10,
past, and 16 for December. The Municipal Accounts for the years 1806 through
1810 show that Llerena had a license for a store in the Church Ward.(1) It is
S'. ':. reasonable to assume that this store was in the Ximenez house. This license was
..:.. cancelled by the end of September 1808. If the house was rented after Llerena's
i occupancy, as" a store, it is not revealed in the accounting for the rents. These
.'.. were reported by Francisco Pe.licer in the Testamentary Proceedings of Ximenez in
S' 1819 as totaling 1,220 pesos for rent of the house, without names or detail.
Pellicer's report (below) accounted for ail monies of the estate from the time '
he took charge in February 1807 to December 1819. This stewardship terminated
at the request of Ximenez' son Miguel who had been living in Santa Clara, Cuba,
..' since 1810. He and Juana Andrea Vila had married there on December 8, 1816. Rosa
"-.' married Juan Buchany on the 10th of June 1822 in St. Augustine. (2)Jose did not
.: .' .marry until after he sold his interest in the estate.
(1) EFP-LC. Municipal Accounts 1792-1820. Bundle 321, 1792-1799, Ree. No. 146;
Bundle .322,Reel Nq,..417; Bundle 323, Reel No. 147 and 148.
Andres Ximenez < History A/S
'1he'Accounting by Peilicer
The statement of accounting came about when Miguel gave a Power of Attorney on
June 22, 1819 to Antonio Huertas and Bernardo Segui of St. Auwustine to determine
S what was due him (persivan lo que le haya correspondido) on the death of his
*:'. parents. Pellicer submitted his statement and Huertas and Segui agreed that it
was a true statement and in good order, adding to the bulk of the estate. They
also asked that Pellicer be relieved of the tutorship so that there could be
performed a distribution of the estate. The Government Tribunal accepted Pellicer's
statement and agreed to the distribution of the estate only when Rosa Ximenez, who
was a minor, could be represented by appointment of a curador. The statement brings
to light other information about Ximenez' children.
Account that I, Don Francisco Pellicer, submit as tutor (guardian?) of the legitimate
children and heirs of the deceased Don Andros Zimenez of the capital funds importede
de caudales) that have entered into my possession belonging to the estate of said
subcesion that were in my charge and management with cognizance of this Tribunal,
frocn 7 of February 1807 and money expended until the last of the current year, to wit:
Charge Ps Ris
Firstly, 977 pesos 1 1/2 real that entered
into my charge when I came into the managemerrnt
as per Testimony of Inventory (diligencias do
:4nOntor3io77 ) 7)
Itt 1220 pesos, recovered from rents of
the house of the deceased
Itt from rent of Rosa, the mulatto,
90 pesos, from the sale of a lot
2 68 pesos 5 reales for various
repairs made to the house of the
deceased since I have been in charge
Itt' Paid for illnesses (varias enfermedades)
of Rosa, the mulatto, as instructed
' .Itt For wardrobe for Rosa, the heir, 13 years
old, and under my care 390
. Itt for 132 pesos paid to Julian Dumolin
'(Desmouliens) for the support of the
heir, Jose, during the time he was.
,learning the trade (i. e. tailor)
The Accounting by Pellicer (cont'd) .
60 pesos for 10 months of room
and board in my house for the
said Jose, at 6 pesos per month
Ps .; Rls ..Ps
"Itt 288 pesos for a years of
"alimentos" to the heir Miguel
at the same amount
Itt. 936 pesos for 13 years of room
and board to the heir Rosa, pre-
S sently living under my roof, at
the same amount
Liquid assets under my care
St. Augustine, Florida, 11 December 1819
/s/ Francisco Pellioer
SThe Ximenez House Later Years
..There is a six year gap, 1819 to January 7, 1825, in the information on the
house. On the latter date, Miguel sold his one-third interest to Francis Gue
S who sold to Margaret Cook, widow of Samuel Cook on February 1, 1826. Mrs. Cook
bought the other two shares by August 21, 1830, ending the Ximonez family ownership
of the property. Mrs. Cook sold the property to Mrs. Sarah P. Anderson, widow '
of George Anderson on July 27, 1838. (1) Research is continuing on the use of
the house under its various owners. By May 15, 1855 when Miss Louisa.Fatio bought
the house, it was already a guest house.
(1i) Aostract of Title, St. Johns County Abstract Company, in the files of
the present owners,.The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
in the State of Florida
, ;6- ,
Exhibit I: Puente Map and Key
,Elixio de la Puente, Juan. "Plano de la Real Fuerza, Baluarte, y Linea de la
Plaza de Sn. Agustin de Florida, con su Parroqiual Mayor, Convento e Iglesia
S de San Zrancisco: Casa, y Solares de los Vecinos; y mas algunas Fabrics y
Puente." Drafted in 1763 and dispatched to the Crown in 1764. (Original in
SMuseo Naval, Madrid. Copy in St. Augustine Historical Society Library, St.
S Augustine, Florida.)
MS.key to map. (Original in Museo Naval, Madrid. Copy in St.
SAugustine Historical Society Library, St. Augustine, Florida.)
r bols Used:
SAHS St. Augustine Historical Society Library, St. Augustine, Florida.
FP LG East Florida Papers, Library of Congress
S PR Cathedral Parish Records, The Rectory, St. Augustine, Florida
Exhibit 1 Moncrief Map and Key
"Plan of the Town of St. Augustine; James Monorief, March 1, 1765." Enclosed with
S Governor Grant's Letter to the Lords of Trade. PRO CO5/540 p. p. 178-209. Copy
Florida Spanish Land Records. Dry, William. Unc.Dk4; DGV 399. Original in Field
Note Division, Trustees of the Improvement Trust Fund (formerly in Department of
.___,_ U,c.D46; DGV 385 & 396.
Unc.D4J; DGV 385 & 396. The land covered in this claim is" not in
St. Augustine. It is referred to here because it is involved
indirectly in other Dry claims.
(Microfilm copies of the Land Records are in the larger Florida libraries, as
are the WPA mimeographed abstracts of the land grants and claims.)
Exhibit VI: Rocque nap and Key
Rocque, Mariano de la. "Plans Particular de la Ciudad de Sn Augustin de la Florida
con el detail de sur Mansanas, Casas y Solares, Castillo, Quarteles y Pabellanes
segun en la situation quo se hallaba en primero de Abril del Corriente ano."
Original in EFP-LC, Bundle No. 176, Public Buildings and Defences. Copy SAHS.
"Descripcion del Plano Particular do ia Ciudad de San Agustin de La
Foridae en tal ano de 1788." St. Augustine 25, 1788. 21 folios. Film file 4.3, micro-
dex!l. Originals .in Field Note Division, Trustees of the Improvement'Trust Rhnd,
(formerly in Department of Agriculture), Tallahassee. Copy SAHS. -
.' 1 '.' : I : '
1. "Inventorios, Tasacioal. y venta en public remote de las casas y
solares del Rey." Fli-i~i, 1790. 72 folios. Original in Field Note
SDivision, Trustees of the Improvement Trust Fund (foriorly in Depart- .
ment of Agriculture), Tallahassee.
2. EFP-LC. Bundle 368,. Escrituras (notarized instruments) 1791-1792,Reel
No. 170, page 332.
3. EFP-LC. Bundle 373,/Escrituras (notarized instruments) 178-1821, Reel
' 2. Panagopoulos, E. P.,New Sirna, an 18th Century Greok Odyssey. U. of Florida
?ress, Gainesville. 1966, page 152.
Exhiibit VII: The First Will of Ximenez: EFF-LC. Bundle .373 (1801-1802),
Esorituras (notarized instruments) 1784-1821, Reel No. 171.
(1) EFP-LC. Municipal Accounts 1792-1820. Bundle 321, 1792-1799, Reel No.
146; also Bundle 322, Reel No. 147; Bundle 323, Reel No. 147 and 148.
Exhibit VIII: The Second Will of Andres Ximenez. EFP-L'C. "Records of Testamentary
Proceedings 1756-1821" Bundle No. 308Q12, Document No. 7, 93,pages. "Florida -
Ano do 1806, Testamentaria por fallecimiento de Andres Ximenez." Reel 139.
Exhibit IX:"Account Showing the Individuals that Bought the Personal Effects and
Furniture at Auction, Sold on Account of the Death of Don Andres Jiminez, as is
Evident from the Inventory that was Made of Them." Translated by Kenneth Beeson,
July 1960. EFP-LC ibid.
Exhibit X: "Assessment of the House of the Deceased Don Andres Jimenez, Located on
Hospital Street, Made by Martin Hernandez, Chief Master Carpenter of the Royal
Works of this City, Stating the Price of Each Item. July 8, 1806." Translated by
Kenneth Beeson. EF?-LC. ibid.
Exhibit XIs "Assessment of the House and Lot of the Deceased Don Andres Jimenez,
oca&ted on Hospital Streetk Made by the Chief Master Mason of the Royal Works of
This City. July 8, 1806." Translated by Kenneth Beeson.