Account book written by Gabriel Mendieta Revollo for the Mexico City treasury in the year 1715, when under the charge of Don
Juan Antonio Vasquez Yañes. Primarily consists of payment receipts for high officials and local merchants that assisted the
city government (cabildo) in its quotidian operations.
The scribe responsible for the existence of the account book, Gabriel de Mendieta Revollo (or Rebollo), was a well-known public
notary of Mexico City during the late 17th and early 18th centuries ("ssno. Ma. De el Cabildo, Justicia y Reximiento desta
muy noble ciudad"). According to Irving A. Leonard, Mendieta Revollo was a "former student of the foremost Creole savant of
his time, Don Carlos de Siguenza y Gongora," who often had this particular scribe draw up his private papers. Born in 1660,
he appears as early as 1686 in a famous document related to the exhumation of Hernan Cortes' remains. Mendieta Revollo also
authored an important document in relation to the 1692 riot and burning of Mexico City's municipal building, a document that
has been preserved among the royal decrees of the Archivo Histórico del Distrito Federal (AHDF). Judging by Don Pedro de Avendaño
Suarez de Sousa's 1697 dedication of a book in his honor, the scribe seems to have been a man of significance in New Spain's
viceregal capital. The famed public notary was working as late as 1732, when his name appears in a cabildo document under
the name Gabriel de Mendieta Rebollo, "escribano mayor de cabildo". At the time this account book was written, Fernando de
Alencastre Noroña y Silva, the Duke of Linares, was the current viceroy (1710-1716), with Don Juan Antonio Vazquez Yañes as
treasurer for Mexico City, "thesorero mayordomo de dichos proprios y ventas," a position he had held since at least 1698.
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