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Saint Vincent de Paul, an escaped slave himself, seeks to free North African slaves in the last months of his life - he would be canonized for exactly what he is doing in this letter

Rare Manuscript Letter Signed ?Vincent DePaul?, in French, 4 pages, 4.5? x 6.5?, front and verso on two conjoined sheets. Paris, March 26, 1660. On watermarked laid paper. Partially translated. Recipient unnamed. Fine condition.An important letter, written six months before his death, concerning the administration of funds used for ransoms for prisoners of the Barbary pirates in Algiers. The letter refers to specific cases and the problem of Brother Barreau, Consul in Algeria, who has proved untrustworthy in dealing with monies sent to him to pay ransoms. At the time, there were thousands of French citizens held captive in Algeria.In part, "I do not disapprove the expedient that you have proposed for sending money safely to Algiers. But I beg you to send to our people nothing issued from the collections until I let you know. Nevertheless, I gave a contrary order to M. de Lespiney; but I was unaware of a piece of news whi
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