Letter from Jean Le Vacher to PF, 1671-01-20, Algiers

Title

Letter from Jean Le Vacher to PF, 1671-01-20, Algiers

Subject

Algiers
Capuchins
Conversion
Slaves (Christian)
Trinitarians
Tunis
Slave priests

Description

Letter from the vicar apostolic in Algiers Jean Le Vacher, who writes that he has ransomed a Capuchin (Luigi Da Palermo) for 677 scudi, and that he sent him to Tunis to help the people there. Luigi Da Palermo has also written to Le Vacher about an Ethiopian slave named Stefano, who endures many beatings because he does not want to renounce his faith; it would cost 177 piastre to free him. Jean Le Vacher also writes that the Christians live virtuously, which has motivated some heretics to convert. The slave priests there need three piastre a month in order to be able to feed and dress themselves. The slaves from the Papal States have no hope of being saved, while slaves from other areas are regularly ransomed; for instance, there are many Trinitarians from Castile, Andalusia and Flanders who ransom people from their own areas. Because of their hopeless situation, the slaves from the Papal States are tempted to renounce the faith. Some declared themselves subjects of the king of France so that they could be ransomed. PF decides that Cardinal de Maximus will give money to the Trinitarians, so that they can free Stefano and other Christian slaves from the Papal States.
Date discussed: 1671-08-03
Additional comments

Creator

Jean Le Vacher

Source

APF SOCG 429, 278r-279v

Date

1671-01-20

Contributor

Adressed to PF

Relation

For the minutes of the PF meeting where this matter was discussed, see: APF ACTA 41, 243r, 252r-v.
There is a letter by PF which is probably the response to this one, see: APF Lettere 57, 75r (database item 863).

Format

Original; signed

Language

Italian
Latin

Type

Letter

Identifier

716

Coverage

Origin: Algiers
Destination: Rome

Citation

Jean Le Vacher, “Letter from Jean Le Vacher to PF, 1671-01-20, Algiers,” Early Modern Documents: Sources and Resources for Historical Research, accessed October 24, 2020, https://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net/items/show/13266.

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