|Francisco García Visera
Letter from Francisco García Visera, a merchant and soldier in the galleys, to Manuel Pascual, a farmer.
Francisco García Visera proposes that the addressee participate to the finding of a treasure, and asks him certain quantities of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls.
The defendant of this process was Francisco García Visera, a merchant and a soldier on the galleys. In 1731, he was accused of the crime of witchcraft and superstition by the Inquisition of Cuenca because of various scams he had committed in complicity with a galley slave, the friar Salvador Ortiz. They had proposed the victims of the scams to participate to the finding of a treasure by means of spells. For the realization of these spells they requested certain quantities of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls. It was Manuel Pascual who denounced the scam. The prisoner managed to prove that he did not believe in spells and did not perform magical practices, so eventually he was condemned only for scam. He was forced to abjure de levi in a public auto de fé and sentenced to two hundred lashes and a period of ten years of exile at a distance of ten leagues from Cuenca, Murcia, Cartagena (Murcia), Malaga, Lorca (Murcia), Madrid, Hellín (Albacete), Albacete, Chiva (Valencia) and Almazán (Soria), and to five years of rowing in the galleys.