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Appendix 1 - Domingos Sodré's Last Will and Testament (1882)


In the name of God, Amen

I Domingos Pereira Sudré, as the true Christian I am, but fearing death have decided to make my testament and last will in the following form.


I am a native of the Coast of Africa, born in Onim and baptized on the Plantation called Trindade in the Municipality of Santo Amaro da Purificação, whose former Owner was Jerônimo Sudré.


I am the legitimate son of the Africans Porfírio Araújo de Argollo and his wife Bárbara [surname unknown], both deceased.


I have been married for over eleven years to the African freedwoman by the name of Maria Delfi na da Conceição, with whom I have had no children at all.


I am a member of the Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora do Rosário of Rua João Pereira, and I would like to be carried by the brothers and buried in one of the said Brotherhood's niches.


My funeral will be carried out in accordance with my wife's wishes, but without the slightest ostentation.


As my executors I hereby appoint my wife Maria Delfina da Conceição in the first place, and in the second place, Mr. Porfírio Araújo Argollo, whom I ask to please accept this will and testament.


I hereby declare that the property I own is a one-story house on Ordem Terceira de São Francisco street, purchased from Elpidio Lopes da Silva and his wife with a deed of sale notarized by the Notary Rodrigues da Costa on December 14, 1876, and the furnishings in my home, including a niche with prepared statues.


I declare that I owe nothing to anyone.


Seeing as I have no close relatives, I hereby make my wife, Maria Delfina da Conceição, my sole heir.

And in this way I have completed this my testament and last will and want it to have full validity, and if any clause or clauses required by law are missing, I ask the justices of His Imperial Majesty to supply them, and to execute the contents and statements herein.