Office of the Vatican, Rome

December 9, 1825

Dear Father Buenaventura Fortuny,

I am very pleased with the news that I have received concerning your progress. You have done a wonderful job improving Mission Solano. You should feel proud in the way you are serving Spain

After studying the map of Alta California and the location of the missions, I feel that our needs would be better met if there was an additional mission built. The mission can be built anywhere along the area already explored or on the far north or south. It will be the final mission.

Please submit a report on the site you and your staff choose. Include a map and information on the local geography, native people, and natural resources. I will make the final decision.

I am looking forward to your reply.


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