This is a photostat of a letter of recommendation for Abel Stearns written in Spanish by Jean Alexis Bachelot, prefect apostolic
of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1836 July 11. A translation and reference from David Burkenroad sent to Librarian Ruth Christensen
in 1977 is also included in the collection.
Jean-Augustin Bachelot (1796, February 22 – 1837, December 5) was a Roman Catholic priest best known for his tenure as the
first Prefect Apostolic of the Sandwich Islands. In that role, he led the first permanent Catholic mission to the Kingdom
of Hawaii. Bachelot was raised in France, where he attended the Irish College in Paris, and was ordained a priest in 1820.
He led the first Catholic mission to Hawaii, arriving in 1827.Abel Stearns (1798, February 9 – 1871, August 23) was a trader who came to Los Angeles, Alta California in 1829 and became
a major landowner, cattle rancher and one of the area's wealthiest citizens.
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