No. 560.
Mr. Neill to Mr. Bayard.

No. 188.]

Sir: I have the honor to report to the Department of State the death of José Sevilla, esquire, on the 9th of the present month, at Lima, Peru. He was a naturalized citizen of the United States at the time of his death, and was about eighty years of age. He was a gentleman of large wealth, and well known in Peru as a great philanthropist. He was born at San Pedro de Lloc, in the province of Pacasmayo.

Mr. Sevilla’s estate is estimated at between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000. He bequeaths the sum of 500,000 silver soles for the establishment of a benevolent institution in New York City, to be called the Sevilla Home for Girls.” I inclose a translation of several of the clauses of the will taken from “El Comereio.”

I have, etc.,

Richard R. Neill.
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[Inclosure in No. 181,—From El Comercio of December 20, 1886.—Translation of part only,]

Will of José Sevilla.

1. We believe it indispensable that the public be acquainted with the will of the great Peruvian philanthropist, José Sevilla,. who after many years of hard and honest labor, accumulated a fortune, of which he bequeaths the greater part to benevolent institutions and works of public interest.

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2. Clause 3.—He declares that in the year 1884 he made a will in the United States, in which he establishes a benevolent institution in New York; he desires still that said institution be established and named “The Sevilla Home for Children,” but not as indicated in said will, but as determined in this one.

Clause 4.—Establishes the manner in which the preceding institution shall be established and administered. In it will “be received from fifty to one hundred poor girls. The representative of Peru in the United States will have intervention in said institution. Peruvian children to have the preference. He likewise indicates who are to be the administrators, they being several heads of respectable business houses and banks in New York.

Clause 5.—For the establishment and support of the mentioned institution, he bequeaths the sum of 500,000 soles ($500,000).

Clause 6,—Makes recommendations and gives instructions to his executors and the municipality of New York, referring to said institution.

3. Clause 28.—Prohibits the intervention of the Government or of the political authorities of Peru in the accomplishment of the dispositions of his will; ordering that by the mere act of oretending to do so, all that concerns the establishment of colleges, Schools, and other institutions that he founds in Peru is thereby annulled, and in that case, said legacies shall go over to the philanthropic executors in New York, so that his wishes in that reference be carried into effect there.

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4. Clause 37.—Explains that the word soles that he employs should be understood to mean silver soles; and further revokes all preceding wills, and especially the one made at New York in the year 1884.

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additional clauses.

5. Clause 4.—Ordains that if any of the legatees oppose themselves or provoke obstacles in the execution of the will, they shall lose their rights, and these are to go over to the Lima Benevolent Society; and if this one should be in opposition, it shall likewise lose its rights, and these are to pass over to the United States legation at Lima, to be employed in benefit of the poor of New York,

Clause 5.—Indicates the manner in which his executors and heirs shall pay the legacies, as they take partial or entire possession of his fortune.

Clause 6.—Bequeaths the remnant of his fortune to the Benevolent Society of Lima.

Clause 7.—Indicates the manner to proceed in cases of doubt as to the accomplishment of his last wishes.