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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... INSTRUCTIONS TO GOMEZ PEREZ
DASMARINAS The King: To Gomez Perez Dasmarinas, knight of the order
of Santiago, whom I have appointed as my governor and
captain-general of the Philipinas Islands. Upon the arrival of
Father Alonso Sanchez, a religious of the Society of Jesus, who
came, by order and authorization of all estates of the said
islands, to confer about certain matters pertaining to the service
of our Lord and the welfare and preservation of the inhabitants and
natives of the islands,40 I convened certain members of my councils
in order that they might hear him. After they had done so, and had
examined in great detail certain memorials that the father
presented, in accordance with his orders, and had consulted with me
in regard to all the points of the said memorials, I resolved, with
the advice of the aforesaid my counselors, to whom I committed the
matter, upon what will follow here, which will serve as your
instructions. I order you to observe and fulfil them to the letter,
with the consideration, care, and diligence that I expect from your
person. ao For account of Sanchez's embassy, and of his
instructions, see the " Memorial" adopted by the junta of 1586,
with accompanying documents, in Vol. VI. 2. Infinite thanks should
be given our Lord, and I hereby offer them to Him, for the great
mercy that He has been pleased to show me, in that, during the
period while I, by His mercy and will, rule as king, and through me
as the instrument, those so remote islands have been discovered;
and that at present, as I have heard, more than two hundred and
fifty thousand inhabitants enjoy in those islands evangelical
instruction, besides the great inclination which is manifest to
spread the knowledge of our holy Catholic faith throughout the...
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