October 19, 1818 to October 31, 1818:

Jose Lauriano Lopez Request to Continue Cultivating Land in Carnue

SANM I, Reel 27, SG 150 Frames 922 to 926 -Translation of Spanish Document "I":


Year of 1819. No. 289.

No. 28 leaf 4

Senor Governor,

I, Jose Lauriano Lopez, a resident of the town of Albuquerque, appear before you asking that I may have the benefit of all the privileges permitted by the law and which may be favorable to me and I state: thattwo years ago the Alcalde of its jurisdiction Don Mariano de la Pena gave your petitioner possession in union with seven other persons of the same jurisdiction at the place of Carnue, that they might cultivate and that he has now ordered that they abandon the said place and return to the town wherefore your petitioner humbly begs, and in the name of the other seven to whom he refers, that you will leave them there as it will cause them great prejudice to lose that which they have worked for and harvested.

I ask and beg you to be pleased to do in justice that which you believe right, in which I shall receive favor with justice. I swear in due form that I act in good faith and as necessary.

Santa Fe, October 19, 1818

Jose Lauriano Lopez (Does not state whether signed)

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Santa Fe, October 19, 1818,

The Alcalde of Albuquerque will report without punishing the petitioner for coming.

Melgares [Rubric]

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Senor Governor,

Jose Lauriano Lopez is not only with seven persons as he represents, but is with a greater number of men. On the 3rd of March of last year, 1817, I went to designate a piece of land for them to cultivate in virtue of the decree which under date of the 27th of February of the said year, your predecessor the Senor Lieutenant Colonel Don Pedro Maria de Allande issued, of which I make an exact copy from theexpediente formed in this matter by the parties in interest:
"Santa Fe, February 27, 1817

In view of what the Alcalde of the District of Albuquerque sets forth in the two preceding decrees and of the residents who petition in this instance comply with what they offer, I agree that for the present they may go, and plant, without giving them any title [posesion] to the land and as that land is in the nature of a loan they may be dispossessed of it at any time that they may be ordered or that they may give cause for it without allowing any defence, and if they do not accept ths suggestion and order, no one shall go to cultivate said land and they may go if they wish to join the new settlements of Socorro or Manzano where they can settle and have lands sufficient to cultivate and live with their property."


On account of having made a fair harvest the present year he wants to settle with his family. You will be pleased to decide that which may be of your pleasure.

Albuquerque, October 24, 1818,

Josef Mariano de la Pena [Rubric]

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Albuquerque, October 31, 1818

The parties in interest will apply to Senor Don Pedro Pino to whom I give all my authority in order that he may decide in the matter in the manner most favorable to the interests of the petitioners and of the King.

Melgares [Rubric]"

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Frame 925 reads:

"U. S. Surveyor General's Office,

Santa Fe, New Mexico,

April 19, 1886

The foregoing three pages contains a full, true, and correct translation to the best of my knowledge, of the original in Spanish on two pages, which original, designated as letter "I", is on file in this office in private land claim file No. 96, in the name of Juan Ignacio Tafoya, et al. for the Canon de Carnue tract.

Will M. Tipton [signature]


U.S. Surveyor General's Office,

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I hereby certify that the signature affixed to the foregoing certificate is the genuine signature of Will. M. Tipton, who at the time of signing the same, was the official translator of this office, and that all his acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit.

In testimony wherof I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the official seal of this office to be affixed, at the city of Santa Fe, this nineteenth day of April, A.D. 1886.

Geo W. Julian [signature]

U.S. Surveyor General

for New Mexico"

SOURCE: Spanish Archives of New Mexico I, Microfilm reel 27, Surveyor General #150, "Cañon de Carnuel Land Grant" Fr.922 to 926.



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