THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 195.
From lhe Ptrocurador-General of the Capuchin Missions to the King.
Source : British Museum. Additional Mss 36332.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
Sire-Fray Francisco de Malaga, Procurador General of
the Capuchin Missions in the Indies, reports that the Catalan
Mission in the Government of Trinidad and Guayana has
reduced many Indians of the Naparima nation and settled
them in four pueblos and left them in charge of the Diocesano
Ordinario who failed to appoint any Cura to instruct and
As a result the Indians deserted the Mission, went to
the forests and lived with the savages of the other nations
reverting to idolatry.
In order to improve and enlarge this mission, the said
Ordinario was put in charge. He has embarrassed its progress,
he has not provided for the administration of the Holy
Sacraments which alone keeps the Indians in the mission
and has not arranged for the preaching of the Holy Evangel
to the recent converts. This is shown by the reports sent
herewith and the minutes sent to Your Royal Council by
the Governor of this said Province.
I beseech Your Majesty to be pleased to direct by Royal
Cedula that the four missions of the Naparima Indians be
reestablished and that they be not placed under the Diocesano
Ordinario nor under the Governors of the Province. Also
that they may be kept as pueblos de mission and not as pueblos
de doctrine with a beneficed Cura. Also that the missionaries
mav be left in charge to administer the Holy Sacraments
and to instruct the Indians in doctrine since the appointment
of Curas is contrary to the Royal Cedulas and Laws.
If this be not done the missionaries will be left in despair
and the Indians without instructions. May Your Majesty
be pleased to order what is necessary and direct that six
missionaries be sent forthwith to Trinidad and Guayana.
May the life of Your Royal Majesty be long preserved.
FRAY FRANCISCO DE MALAGA.