A collection of church documents written by many different individuals in 17th- and 18th-century Portugal and Spain. The majority of the approximately 68 documents are briefings, referred to as breves, relating to the privileges and salaries afforded to the inquisitors of the Portuguese Inquisition. The documents include a wide range of arguments in favor of increased privileges. Other topics discussed in the documents are the rights of inquisitors to retirement pay, the privileges extended to their families, and a large section (f. 157r-212r) covering church policy related to the crime of bigamy. Most of the authors are Portuguese inquisitors belonging to the Court of the Inquisition located in Evora. There are also numerous letters from the King of Portugal, possibly Sebastian I. Luis Manuel Fernández Portocarrero, Archbishop of Toledo, also appears to be the author of at least one of the documents (f. 78r-84v).
Ms. codex. Title from spine. Foliation: Paper, 372; [i-v, 1], 2-30, 35-61 (f.1-61 printed), 62-240, 242-364, , 366-371, [i]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto; modern foliation in pencil. Catchwords, lower right corner. Script: Written in a cursive script, by multiple hands. Watermark: Similar to Mošin, 2639; unidentified watermark consisting of a large circle, circumscribed by smaller looping circles, containing what appears to be three galeros and the name Samuel; unidentified monogram watermark with the letters A L and APA inside a circle and a large letter B underneath; variations on an unidentified watermark similar to Likhachev, Leaf, 57, but appearing alternately with the initials P F, S S, Z T, and possibly H B; unidentified watermark consisting of what may be three galeros and the letter V underneath; unidentified watermark consisting of the initials G M Z with a cross above; watermark similar to Valls i Subirá, Circle, 1393, but with the initials T M in the middle circle and only a large dot in the lower circle; watermark similar to Valls i Subirá, Circle, 1391, but with only the middle circle containing a design, possibly an anvil, and without the numeral 2 underneath; unidentified watermark consisting of a cross inside an oval, flanked on either side by a griffin, with a crown above and two circles below.The upper circle contains the initials S P in the top half and D A in the bottom half. The lower circle contains the numeral 3. Binding: Contemporary vellum. Origin: Probably written in Portugal in the 17th and early 18th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Formerly owned by Pedro Augusto Ferreira (stamps, f. 63r, 302v, 370v).
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 172 (Ms. Lea 121).