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Report on the "state of missions in the Province of Paris," with no particulars given (seems to refer to the Capuchins). Classification of types of missions. Folded inside the first folio there is another folio (same paper, same handwriting) on the…

The procurator of the Trinitarian order Michele Da Santo Ludovico, writes that his order was founded in the times of Innocent III under the pretence to free Christian slaves. He reports that since their founding, they have done a lot for the church;…

Letter written by a Discalced Carmelite [possibly Pierre de Piviers] to PF about the situation in Madagascar. The letter notes that he has heard from merchants of the Compagnie, that secular missionaries have been sent to Madagascar the previous…

Partial copy of a letter from the prefect of the Scottish mission [Alexander Winster], to its procurator in Rome, William Lesley. He expresses gratitude for PF sending help for the Highlands, and having promised a house where the missionaries can…

Copy of a letter from Alexander Winster to William Lesley. He writes very extensively about the situation of the Scottish mission, and the different problems and the solutions he sees. Also included, are his notes about the communication between the…

Letter from Antonio Di Seravezza to PF. He has previously sent two letters to PF, about the upheavels caused by Gio' LeVacher [Jean Le Vacher]. He knows that his latest letters reached their destination. He trusts in God that PF will understand the…

Cardinal Spada informs PF that his efforts with the archbishop of Paris (regarding the cardinal ring fee issue) had the same effect as those of the former nuncio to France, Cardinal Bentivoglio. Spada says that details about the latter are attached,…

Petition on behalf of the missionaries of Madagascar. In the past few months PF had appointed Michel Manié as prefect of the Madagascar mission. But together with the arrival of news about the death of the previous prefect (Nicolas Etienne), and…

Petition [from CM] to PF. It recalls the fact that CM has been sending missionaries to Algiers and Tunis to help spiritually and materially the thousands of slaves in those cities, which they have been doing with great success. Since free priests are…

Copy of a letter from PF secretary to Cardinal Spinola Capranica, who proposed Gatta and Fabritii for the mission in Tunis. PF secretary [Urbano Cerri] answers that he recently asked Jean Le Vacher, apostolic vicar in the area, whether there is a…

Letters from François Veron relating news on heretics in France and requesting the support of PF for his congregation. The note indicates that PF was going to advise Veron to start by approaching the nuncio for support, and that the nuncio's approval…

Letter from [Francesco] Barberini to [the prefect of PF]. He presents the public merits and the private problems of Giovanni Valcher [John Walker]. He has worked for 22 years for the Scottisch mission, and eventually as superior for the other…

Copy of a letter from John Walker, prefect of the Scottish mission, to William Lesley. He writes about the fact that Giovanni Iruino [John Irvin] has arrived in Scotland with a letter from Cardinal Barberini which assured him (travel) provisions,…

Petition on behalf of Gio' Guerino [Julien Guérin] priest of CM and missionary in Tunis, to PF. He asks for the missionary faculties that he still has not received. Underneath the text of the petition the superior of CM in Rome, Joannes Dorineus…

Letter from [Patrizio] Coneo to PF (probably Antonio Barberini jr.), which he states to have received 200 scudi from mister Boirat in the presence of mister Burlamaghi, which was sent by PF for [William] Ballantyne; as ordered by PF, Coneo is said to…

Letter from CM superior in Rome, in which he responds to the following three accusations made against Jean Le Vacher, vicar apostolic in Tunis: a) that he is both vicar apostolic and consul of France, and that this is damaging to his office of the…

Petition on behalf of Irish priests Carlo Horano [Charles Horan?], Giouanni Borgo [John Borough?], Bianchi [Francis White], and Giouanni Suineo [John MacSwiney?] to PF, asking for missionary faculties and provisions, so that they can work under the…

Petition on behalf of the Scottish missionaries asking for the reconfirmation of the missionary faculties of the following missionaries, which will expire in 1660:  Gulielmo Bannatino [William Ballantyne], Giouanni Valchero [John Walker], Giouanni…

Petition on behalf of the procurator of the Scottish mission [William Lesley] to PF. In the letter he mentions several abuses in the Scottish mission, and advises PF to send Alexander Lesley as a visitor to the mission. The notes of the meeting of 16…

Petition on behalf of the procurator of the Scotish mission [William Lesley] to PF. Due to the war with the Netherlands, Scottish missionaries have been living in great poverty, and have even been forced to sell their clothes. Lesley asks for the…

Petition on behalf of the procurator of the Scottish mission [William Lesley] to PF, in which he asks for the renewal of the faculties of the missionaries in Scotland: Giouanni Valchero [John Walker], Gilberto Graio [Gilbert Gray], and Francesco…

The procurator of the Scottish mission [William Lesley] asks for a provision for the schoolteacher [Alexander] Macalister who has been in the Highlands for the last two years; Macalister was initially encouraged by the assurance of the procurator…

Petition on behalf of the Scottish missionaries to PF including the following issues: a) the need of funding of a house where missionaries of the Scottish mission can retire; b) a list of the remaining missionaries (which are said to be too few)…

Petition on behalf of Fra Alberto Di San Michele (a Discalced Carmelite), requesting a renewal of his patent (as prefect of the mission), and a subsidy from PF to cover travel and initial expenses in Madagascar. He states that he has not been able to…

Petition on behalf of Discalced Carmelite Alberto Di San Michele [Albert de Saint Michel?] prefect of the mission to Madagascar, and his companions, requesting a renewal of his patent (as prefect of the mission) and a subsidy from PF to cover travel…

Letter from Alexander Lesley to William Lesley. Alexander Lesley would like to take the place of William Lesley in Rome. However he would first like to see that they send subjects and missionaries to the Scottish mission, and provide money for their…

Letter from Alexander Macalister to PF in which he explains that last year (before his conversion to Catholicism), he had a school on the Isle of Skye, where he taught at least 70 children of Protestant parents. When he converted to Catholicism, a…

Letter from Alexander Macalister, schoolteacher in Scotland, to William Lesley, procurator of the Scottish mission in Rome. He writes that he has 24 pupils at the house of count MacDonnell in Glengarry. The students are from the following families:…

Translation of a letter from Alexander Winster to William Lesley. Winster states to have only recently (at the beginning of the month) received the letter and package sent by William Lesley, more than eight or ten months before. They had arrived in…

Letter from Alexander Winster, prefect of the Scottish mission, to PF. Winster writes about the lack of priests, as in Scotland there are only four secular priests and one teacher. The missionaries are: John Walker, who has been in Aberdeen and the…
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