[Madrid. 1756]. pp. plus integral blank leaf. Maltese cross at head of title. Folio. Dbd. Contemporary manuscript annotation in ink and later pencil annotation on first page. Accomplished in manuscript at Buen Retiro, Spain on Feb. 13, 1756, signed by Joachim Joseph Vazquez y Morales, with additional manuscript annotations. Manuscript inscriptions on recto and verso of integral blank leaf. Extremely light dampstaining in margins, occasional minor soiling. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM37480
A rare broadsheet proclamation by Ferdinand VI, King of Spain, confirming that the law, recorded earlier in the RECOPILACION DE LAS INDIAS, outlining the method of reviewing the administration and recording the accounts of the hospitals in the New World maintained by the religious order of St. John of God is to be observed in a precise and punctual manner. The Hospital Brothers of St. John of God were present in America, most notably New Spain and Peru, beginning in the early 17th century. Following the initial 16th- century wave of evangelization represented by the Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, Mercedarians, and Jesuits, the Hospital Brothers was one "of another group of orders, of varying characteristics but largely devoted to caring for the sick and the destitute in the cities. Their very existence attested the new needs of an increasingly complex colonial society" (CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA). This copy, accomplished in manuscript in Buen Retiro on Feb. 13, 1756, is signed by Joachim Joseph Vazquez y Morales as representative of the King of Spain with the inscription, "Yo El Rey," and the annotation, "Por mand[a]do del Rey." Manuscript inscriptions on the recto and verso of the integral blank leaf attest to the document being reviewed by the Spanish colonial government in Santiago de Chile in 1757. A rare proclamation concerning the work of the Hospital Brothers of St. John of God in the New World. Not in Medina BHA or Palau, nor on OCLC. CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA I, pp.519-20.