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"Pietro Testaferrata, man with a mission from Garzes"

 

In 2008-2009 Tourism Queensland ran a promotion to pay one person $150,000 for a 6 month stint on the Great Barrier Reef Islands in Australia. 

 

We looked at Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647)), pages 535-536 and found something that, arguably, might be more self-gratifying, even if the pay is less. (Hint: If you can’t understand the Italian or Latin, scroll down to the picture below). 

 

Fu’ Pietro di tanto credito, e stima presso al Sig. G. Maestro Garzes Principe nostro, per le sue virtuose, ed ottime qualita’, che ne volle far scelta, per purgar queste Citta’ di vagobondi, e d’altre persone malvagie, nocive al publico, con tale, e si ampia autorita’, che essendo stata insolita, & a’ pochi conceduta in questo dominio, massimamente a’ Vassalli, habbiamo giudicato convenevole inferir in questo luogo la patente per honorevolezza non men sua, che della Casa, come si vede registrata negl’ atti di Cancelleria in questa forma.

 

F. MARTINUS GARZES Dei gratia, &c  Magnifico Petro Testaferrata Vassallo nostro nobis dilecto salutem, & c Cum in his Insulis nostris Melita, & Gaudisii, & c Confidentes de tua diligentia, cura, susscientia, fidulitate, & in rebus agendas dexteritate, & probitate te Magnificum Petrum Testaferrata praesentem, & onus hutusmodi humisliter suscipiente, omni meliori via, modo, iure, & forma, quibus possumus, & delicimus, Patrem pupillorum exorbatorum, sive orphanorum, viduarum, & miserabilium personarum facimus, & auctoritatem, et facultatem tibi, & c contra malefactors, latrines, lanones, & laenos, vagabundus, perversos, & perversas, malos & malas, & tenaces ad tua correctionem, et ordinem, ac mandata absolute’, et statim prout tibi benevisum fuerit, et casus evenerit procedas, et in carceribus publicis detrude mandes, usque ad fustigaionem vos punias, et si necess’ fuerit in exilium praedictarum nostrarum Insularum eitcias, et releges (facto tamen prius nobis verbo) et siti videbitur, quod aliqui sint apti ad laborandum personaliter in structura, sive fabricate fabricis publicis Religionis nostra, statim destines. Praecipientis Castellano nostra Magae Curiae Castellaniae, Capitaneo Virga Curiae Capitaealis Civitatis nostrae Notabilis, Gubernatori nostrae Insula Gaudisii, et quibuslibet officialibus dictarum Curiarum, ut quotiescuno; a’ te, et pro parte tua requisiti fuerint, omnem opem, auxilium, et favorem tibi praestent, et praestare faciant. Taliter igitur in praemissis teg eras, quatenus imprimis Deo sit satis factum, et opnio, qua’ de te concepimus, nos minime fallat. In cuius rei, etc. Bulla nostra Magistralis in caera negra, etc. Dat. Melitae, etc, die penultima mensis Augusti 1596.”

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