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Re: Gradenigo/LaChapelle

1797 Oct. 21
Gradenigo, Juan
Opelousas, (Louisiana)

to Bishop (Luis Penalver y Cardenas)
(New Orleans), Louisiana

Father (Pedro) de Zamora, (O.M.Cap.) has notified Gradenigo that Penalver wishes to have sent to him the book of the fabrique of this parish; he has given it to Juan Soulier, businessman of the capital, to be delivered to Penalver. Gradenigo wrote to Penalver by his son on May 20 in which he enclosed seven accounts relative to the fabrique since he was majordomo up to the present; he did not send the book at that time because he believed that Penalver had commissioned him to send those which he did send. The pastor always receives all the fees of the fabrique and disposes of them as
he sees fit.

A.L.S. (Spanish)

1797 May 30

Gradenigo, (Juan) Jean
Opelousas, (Louisiana)

to Bishop (Luis Penalver y Cardenas)
(New Orleans), Louisiana

Complying with the orders given by Penalver when in Opelousas, Gradenigo sends by his son Joseph (Gradenigo), copies of all the accounts of this parish since he has been majordomo up to the present, as follows:

1. Payments made up to August 11, 1791
2. Receipts to the above date
3. Payments made to Zamora for the period above
4. Burial fees from the above time to the end of December 1795, white and colored
5. Goods bought from August 11, 1791 to December, 1795
6. Money received from August 11, 1791 to date
7. Goods bought up to the present
8. Gradenigo's patent as majordomo from Father Antonio de (Sedella) Sedelle, (O.M.Cap.).All the payments made were by order of the pastors. He begs Penalver to observe that in the list of goods bought by Zamora, delivered in the presence of Duralde and two witnesses, there are several articles overcharged, (the articles
are listed). In the list of burials Penalver will notice some blanks but at present most have been received. Zamora has not yet turned over all account of the fees received since the last of December 1795 up to the present so that Gradenigo does not know the total. Since last year Zamora has told Commandant ( ) Duralde that there was not enough money for the necessary expenses of the fabrique and
the commandant gave some public funds for several articles. In lists 6 and 7, Penalver will observe that Gradenigo received $76 from the estate of the late (Antonio) Boisdore; Zamora insisted that this sum be turned over saying that he will buy necessities for the fabrique so that charge is unnecessary.

A.L.S. (French)


A list of goods for the service of the church turned over (to Zamora) by Majordomo Gradenigo since May 1, 1789 when he began to serve to June 4, 1797.

D. (Spanish)

1. List of payments made from Nov. 17, 1787 to August 6, 1791 inclusive, certified by Gradenigo and by witnesses ( ) Duralde, J( ) LeSassier, Zamora and N(ichol) as Forstall on August 11, 1791 and certified by Gradenigo on April 10, 1797 that this copy conforms to the original in his possession.

A.D.S. (French and Spanish)

2. Receipts from August 3, 1787 to August 11, 1791, certified by Gradenigo and signed by the (four above) witnesses on August 11, 1791 and certified by Gradenigo that this copy conforms with the original in his possession on April 10, 1797.

A.D.S. (French and Spanish)

3. A list of Zamora's expenditures, signed by Zamora and a note signed by Zamora stating that he received a note from Gradenigo promising to pay him 110 pesos which Zamora had advanced for the church, both dated August 11, 1791. In a note following, dated April 10, 1797, Gradenigo certifies that this copy conforms to the original.

A.D.S. (French and Spanish)

4. A list of burials with names, dates, and fees for the years 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795 for whites and colored, signed by Zamora January 31, 1796 and certified to be a true copy by Gradenigo, April 10, 1797.

A.D.S. (Spanish)

5. A list of expenditures certified by Zamora January 31, 1796 and certified to be a true copy by Gradenigo April 10, 1797.

A.D.S. (Spanish)

6. List of names and amounts of pew rent for 1793 signed by Gradenigo
April 10, 1797; another entry dated May 29, 1797 and a note by Gradenigo certifying that he received 237 piastres, 4 reales for the fabrique up to May 30, 1797.

A.D.S. (French)

7. Payments made for goods from June 14, 1792 to October 1793 signed by Gradenigo April 10, 1797; an entry of a payment to Zamora on May 29, 1797 and certification of the above sums by Gradenigo, May 30, 1797.

A.D.S. (French)

8. Gradenigo's patent as majordomo signed by Father Antonio de Sedella, and Estevan Miro February 16, 1787 with a certification as a true copy by Gradenigo April 10, 1797.

D.S. Copy (Spanish)

V-1-c A.L.S., D., A.D.S. (Spanish and French) 32pp. 4to. & 8vo. 10

Harrison Thomas LaTour

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