Descripcion Geografica del Nuevo Mexico Por el R P Fr Juan Agustin Morfi. Lector Jubilado e Hijo de Esta Provincia del Sto. Evangelio de Mexico. Ano de 1782

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Author: Morfi, Juan Agustín (?-1783) from the library of professor George M Foster

Year: 1947

Publisher: Biblioteca Aportación Histórica

Place: Mexico City

Description:

48 pages Octavo (8 1/4" x 6") issued in wrappers. Luis Vargas Rea. From the library of professor George M Foster. First edition limited to 100 copies of which this is number 68.

Juan Agustín Morfi, missionary, teacher, and historian, was born in the province of Asturias, Spain. He moved to America in 1755 or 1756 and became a Franciscan friar on May 3, 1761, at Mexico City. Noted for his learning and for his ability as a sacred orator, he taught theology at the Old College of Santa Cruz de Tlaltelolco and was later a lecturer on sacred theology at the principal monastery of the Franciscans in Mexico. When Teodoro de Croix came to New Spain in December 1776 as the newly appointed commandant general of the Provincias Internas, he decided to make an inspection tour and requested a friar to accompany him as chaplain. Morfi was recommended and accepted the position. On August 4, 1777, the group began the tour that eventually extended through Mexico, Tula, Querétaro, San Miguel de Grande, Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Sombrerete, Durango, Mapimí, Parras, Saltillo, Monclova, San Juan Bautista, and San Antonio de Béxar, then back to Mexico through Chihuahua. On the border between Chihuahua and Coahuila, Morfi must have been separated from the group, for his diary ends abruptly at Las Cruces on February 24, 1778. By March 31, 1778, he was back in Mexico. After his return, he devoted himself to study and writing. In 1782 he was elected guardián of the Convento Grande de San Francisco. He died on October 20, 1783. He is known chiefly for the history of Texas that he compiled after his long and arduous journey.

Condition:

Foster's stamp to front wrapper. Some light edge wear with age toning to edges, pages age toned else a very good copy.

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