Manuscript edict written in Spanish, 1p, 8.25 x 12 in., Lima, Peru. March 17, 1781. Official order issued by the Apostolic Inquisitors of Lima compelling Francisco Garrido, administrator of the estate of Martin de Zelayeta, to give 100 pesos for the maintenance of poor prisoners held in secret prisons of the Inquisition. An addition 600 pesos are to be assigned for helping "los pobres vergonzantes," the "ashamed poor" living on the city's streets. Zelayeta was a wealthy merchant who had established a fund for "pious works," which was overseen by Garrido, the interim Receptor General of the Holy Office of the Inquisition.
This office, as well as the Tribunal of the Inquisition, operated in Lima during the Peruvian Inquisition (1569-1820). Peruvian inquisitors, including Don Juan Ignacio de Obiaga, whose signature appears here, primarily targeted indigenous people and those of non-indigenous descent sill charged with crimes against the Church.
Areas of staining and discoloration, with some irregularity to edges.
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