Manuscript Defending Royal Dominions in New Spain

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Author: Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo (1738-1799)

Year: 1794

Publisher: Manuscript

Place: Mexico City


3 folio sheets folded, first one on Papel Sellado. Folio (12 1/4" x 8 1/2") sheets. Manuscript dated June 1794 by Don Juan Vicente Guemes Conde de Revillagigedo, Viceroy of New Spain.

Document sent to Teniente Coronel Don Francisco Menocal, commander of the 14th division located in Patzcuaro. In order to defend the Royal Dominions in New Spain, militias will be formed, except in the coasts and borders as there are already militias in these areas. Without delay, 16 divisions need to be formed each one with their companies as regulated by the Instruction. This together with nearby areas need to form a division of 610 men, of which 160 must come from Patzcuaro. The recruits must be not younger than 16 years nor older than 40 years old, height of at least 5 feet without shoes and without any visible imperfection that would inhabilitate them for service.

The men in the area will be divided in 3 classes, and a lottery will be made. First class single men with no children, second class married without children and third class, men with children. Individuals of the first class will be chosen first, other classes only if needed. Volunteers will be accepted without need to participate in the lottery. In case there are not enough volunteers, a lottery will be made including all villages, haciendas and ranchos in proportion to it’s inhabitants.

These documents were received in Patzcuaro, and copies were fixed in the usual places.

Wormtrack at the upper left corner not affecting text, first folio with tear at the top, edge wear with small chips, stain to upper corners to back leaf else good. 

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