Letter from Jean Le Vacher to PF, 1668-07-31, Algiers

Title

Letter from Jean Le Vacher to PF, 1668-07-31, Algiers

Subject

Algiers
Mission reports
Other religious orders
Slaves (Christian)

Description

Letter from Jean Le Vacher, vicar apostolic in Algiers, to PF. He writes about his travel to Algiers where he arrived on 24 May. He describes the situation in Algiers, that there are 14,000 or 15,000 Christian slaves, among whom there are around 100 women, and 300-400 children under the age of 15. He writes that there are five secular priests and two regulars, who did not all wear the priestly vestments. Upon his arrival he bought appropriate vestments for them and also managed to obtain permission from the Muslim rulers of the city for them to wear the vestments. He writes about the four bagnos that are in the city and the hospitals. Lastly he asks for some indulgences, medals, and crucifixes. The letter was discussed during PF meeting of 13 May 1669. The cardinals decided to answer Jean Le Vacher with a letter expressing their great esteem. The request of indulgences should be forwarded to the Congregation of Indulgences. The medals should be bought and the crucifixes issued, and indulgences should be obtained from the pope.
Date discussed 1669-05-13
Additional comments

Creator

Jean Le Vacher

Source

APF SOCG 419, 255r-256r, 262r-v

Date

1668-07-31

Contributor

Addressed to PF

Relation

For the minutes of the PF meeting where this matter was discussed, see: APF ACTA 38, 153, 173-4.

Language

Italian
Latin

Type

Letter
Petition

Identifier

709

Coverage

Origin: Algiers
Destination: Rome

Citation

Jean Le Vacher, “Letter from Jean Le Vacher to PF, 1668-07-31, Algiers,” Early Modern Documents: Sources and Resources for Historical Research, accessed October 23, 2020, https://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net/items/show/13330.

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