P A P E R T A X O R D E R E D
B Y C H R I S T Ó B A L D E L E Ó N
i c h r i s t ó b a l d e l e ó n , p r i v y s c r i b e of the King Our Lord
of those who reside in his Council, attest that, having been viewed by the
lords of the Council, a book entitled Natural and Moral History of the Indies,
which Father José de Acosta of the Society of Jesus has had printed with its
permission, each sheet of the aforesaid book printed on paper be taxed at the
rate of three maravedises and ordered that before it is sold the testimony of
this tax be printed on the first page of each book. And so that this may be
o≈cial, by order of the aforesaid lords of the Council and at the request of
Father Diego de Lugo, procurator general of the aforesaid Society of Jesus, I
do now so attest. Done in the city of Madrid on the thirtieth day of April in
the year one thousand five hundred and ninety.
Christóbal de León
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