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(CALIFORNIA.) Joaquin de Iturbide. Petition by the Mexican congress for the foundation of a Californian bishopric. One printed page, 12 x 8 1/4 inches, plus integral blank leaf, signed in type by Iturbide as Secretary of Ecclesiastical Affairs, and with manuscript notes in three different hands, including signature of José Rafael Canalizo as governor of Queretaro; folds, minor foxing. Mexico, 19 September 1836
A petition for "un obispado en las dos Californias," with the bishop's salary to be funded partly through the Pious Fund of the Californias. This petition was heeded; in 1840, Francisco Garcia Diego y Moreno was appointed by Pope as the first bishop of Alta and Baja California. 3 copies in OCLC.
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