3 December 2003
FERDINAND V and I, King of Aragon (from 1474) and of Spain (1479-1516). Letter signed ('Yo el Rey') to Don Miguel [de Gurrea], his deputy and Lieutenant General in Mallorca, Villa de Medina del Campo, 10 March 1515, in Spanish, signed at the foot, 2 pages, folio, integral addresss leaf, traces of seal, dispatch slits, contemporary endorsement (slight wear in folds, 2 small tears in outer margin).
A long letter, referring to his correspondent's letters of the 11th and 16th of the past month, concerning the investigation and punishment of Diego Perez de Vargas for his abuse and outrage, and refusing to permit a cover-up. Ferdinand also discusses the treatment of hostages (apparently Arabs), and the necessity of baptising them. Nothing however is to prevent a prompt conclusion and re-establishment of the peace.
Don Miguel de Gurrea had been appointed Lieutenant General in Mallorca in 1512.
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