Contents and Arrangement

Letters from King Philip IV of Spain to his Viceroy in New Spain (present-day Mexico), Luis Enríquez de Guzmán, 1651-1653

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

Consists of 26 manuscript letters signed by King Philip IV of Spain to his Viceroy in New Spain (present-day Mexico), Luis Enríquez de Guzmán, 9th Count of Alba de Liste, written from February 1651 to February 1653, with instructions for governing, with particular attention paid to reforming the colony's treasury and tax collection.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Peter Harrington, London, in April 2022 (AM 2023-019).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Armando Suárez in February 2023, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Letters from King Philip IV of Spain to his Viceroy in New Spain (present-day Mexico), Luis Enríquez de Guzmán; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Genre Terms:
Letters -- 17th century.
Mexico -- History -- Spanish colony, 1540-1810 -- Sources.