Letter of King Philip II of Spain and Portugal

1583.

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This letter written on behalf of Philip II concerns the Moriscos, Spanish descendants of the Moors.

Su Majestad ha sido avisado que los moriscos de Aragon y Valencia andan inquietos, y que en cierta junta que hubo entre algunos dellos se offrescio uno de los de Granada de passar al reyno de Valencia diez o doce mil de los que están repartidos por Castilla poco a poco hasta mediado el mes de Abril deste año, con los quales y el favor que esperan del rey de Argel piensan ocupar aquel Reyno. Su Majestad manda que luego se escriva y encargue de nuevo a las justicias de Castilla, que no den licencias a los moriscos, y que los obliguen y apremien a residir en los lugares donde estan alistados.

El Señor Marques de Desia desea mucho tener con brevedad el despacho de la facultad que su Majestad le concedio. Guarde y espere Nuestro Señor la ¿? persona y casa de vuestra merced, como sus servidores desseamos, de Lisboa, 24 de enero, 1583.

His Majesty has been informed that the Moriscos of Aragon and Valencia have gotten restless, and that, in a certain meeting that some of them held, one of those who had come from Granada offered to send to the Kingdom of Valencia ten or twelve thousand of those who are scattered throughout Castile [transporting them] slowly up until mid April of this year, with whom, and along with the support that they expect from the king of Algeria, they plan to occupy that kingdom. His Majesty orders that the justices of Castile be written immediately and instructed not to grant leaves to the Moriscos, and to require and insist that [the Moriscos] reside where they are registered.

The Marquis of Desia very much wishes to have as soon as possible the communiqué of the authority that his Majesty granted him. May our Lord protect and ¿? the person and house of your grace, as we his [your] servants desire, from Lisbon, the 24th of January, 1583.

Transcribed and translated by Glen Carman.

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Reverse side of manuscript letter.

Metadata Details
Item Type Manuscript
Title Letter of King Philip II of Spain and Portugal
Short Title Letter of King Philip II, 1583
Publication Date 1583
Language Spanish
Call Number VAULT Greenlee MS 11
Location Special Collections 4th floor