Letter from Marcello Costa to the PF prefect [Paluzio Altieri], 1674-04-12, tunis

Title

Letter from Marcello Costa to the PF prefect [Paluzio Altieri], 1674-04-12, tunis

Subject

Bizerte
Capuchins
Petitions for missionary patents
Trinitarians
Tunis

Description

Letter from Marcello Costa to PF prefect. In a letter from 30 September 1673 PF asked him to help two Tinitarians, Francesco Arendieta and Francesco Ruiz; they are still in Tabarca, but will need to be supported once they arrive. On 5 March two Capuchins arrived, Carlo D'Ancona and Vincenzo Da Frascati. The first has become provicar apostolic of Tunis. Costa himself also undertakes many missions because the two brothers mentioned above, are not able to ride on horseback, and are also not familar with the countryside. Levacher [Jean Le Vacher] has given Costa the patents for the provicariate of Bizerte, which began last October for the duration of three years. He asks PF to send him a confirmation of this position, and sends a copy of his patents to PF. PF granted Costa an annual provision of 24 scudi which is ending in August; this is why he asks PF to prolong the provision for five years. He needs the money for his living, but also for a man who assists him in his work. Besides the expenses for horses, he is also very sorry that he did not buy a habit for himself. He did not slow down his work once the other brothers arrived, as there are still many missions to do. Serving in the bagnos is a pleasant activity, but travelling on horseback for 50 or 60 miles through harsh conditions is the harder and realer part of the mission; he risks his life travelling around, and is forced to sleep on the ground between the animals.
Date discussed: 1674-06-26
Additional comments

Creator

Marcello Costa

Source

APF SOCG 448, 140r-v, 145r-v

Date

1674-04-12

Contributor

Adressed to Paluzio Altieri

Relation

For the minutes of the PF meeting where this matter was discussed, see: APF ACTA 44, 170r, 185v-186v, issue 39 (database item 672).
This is a response to a letter from PF which is also mentioned by Costa, see: APF LETTERE 62, 86r (database item 618).
See for the copy of Marcello Costa's patents as pro-vicar of Bizerte: APF SOCG 448, 142r (database item 781).

Format

Original; signed

Language

Italian

Type

Letter

Identifier

780

Coverage

Origin: Tunis
Destination: [Rome]

Citation

Marcello Costa, “Letter from Marcello Costa to the PF prefect [Paluzio Altieri], 1674-04-12, tunis,” Early Modern Documents: Sources and Resources for Historical Research, accessed September 21, 2020, https://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net/items/show/13183.

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