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Cartas y Informes

Antonio de los Reyes,1729-1787, was a Spanish Franciscan, assigned to the Cucurbe Mission in 1768; consecrated the first Bishop of Sonora, Sinaloa, and the two Californias in 1782.

Photocopies of typed transcripts of documents relating to Antonio de los Reyes. The letters date from 1768 to 1769, when he first went to the Santos Reyes Mission at Cucurbe; several were sent from neighboring Tuape Mission. Of the 11 letters, all but one are addressed to the Governor Juan Claudio de Pineda; the other is to unnamed officials at the Querétaro College. One letter from Father Francisco Roche to the governor is also present. Later documents include a 1774 report, his 1776 plan regarding spiritual matters and organizational reforms at the Sonoran missions, and two commentaries by others on his unpopular plan.