SERRA, JUNIPERO. 1713-1784.
THE FOUNDING OF MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO.
Autograph Document Signed ("Fr. Junipero Serra"), 2 pp recto and verso, folio, Mission San Carlos de Monte-Rey, August 21, 1775, announcing the founding of Mission San Juan Capistrano, page creased, very lightly toned, small hole at lower right margin, some sun-fading to ink; in double-sided frame.
In 1775, Fr. Junipero Serra, the Franciscan Friar commissioned to establish settlements in Alta California, determined that a new mission was needed between Mission San Diego and Mission San Gabriel to break up the long journey between the two. According to this document, Serra, as "el Presidente de Las Missiones," and Commander Fernando Rivera y Moncada entered into an agreement on August 13, 1775 to establish Mission San Juan Capistrano. Serra names Fermin Lasuen and Gregorio Amurrio as leaders of the new mission; details the number of military and civilian personnel needed; lists the quantities of rice, beans, and corn to be planted; and delineates the number of cows, horses, and mules, as well as farming and ranching supplies (including the mission branding iron) needed. At the end of the document, he carefully inventories the religious supplies needed, including surplices and crucifixes, for the spiritual work of the mission.