[Proof of succession of the Rt. Rev. George Montgomery, R. C. Bishop of Monterey]
County of Los Angeles, ss:
Know all men by these presents, that whereas, the Right Reverend Thadeus Amat, being duly constituted the bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the diocese of Monterey, did, for the purpose of the administration of the temporalities of the Roman Catholic Church in said diocese and the management of the estate and property of said church, become incorporated as a religious corporation sole, by a certificate, under his hand and official seal, bearing date the ninth day of December, 1870, and duly recorded in the office of the county clerk of the county of Monterey in Book A of miscellaneous records at page 19, on December 12th, 1870.
And whereas I, Francis Mora, was afterwards, to wit, on the 20th day of May, A. D. 1873, by bulls or letters of appointment from His Holiness Pope Pius IX, given at Rome, under the seal of the fisherman’s ring, bearing date the day and year last mentioned, duly appointed to be the coadjutor bishop of said diocese, with the right of succession thereto, on the death of the said Thadeus Amat or other vacancy occurring therein.
And whereas, afterwards, to wit, on the 12th day of May, 1878, the said Right Reverend Thadeus Amat departed this life, whereby I, the said Francis Mora, have succeeded to the said bishopric of Monterey and become the incumbent of the said diocese and of the corporation sole.
Now, therefore, for proof of such death and of my appointment as such bishop and of my succession as such incumbent, I annex hereto the affidavit of the rector of the parish, showing the decease of the said Right Reverend Thadeus Amat, and simultaneously herewith I catfse to be recorded a duly attested copy of my said letter of appointment as such bishop, the same being in the Latin language, and also a duly attested translation thereof, in the office of and with the county clerk of Monterey County, my episcopal residence being in said county.
City and County of Los Angeles, ss:
On the twenty-ninth day of June, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight, before me, A. C. Holmes, a notary public in and for said Los Angeles County, residing therein, duly commissioned and sworn, personally appeared Francis Mora, bishop of Monterey, known to me to be the person described in, whose name is subscribed to, and who executed the within instrument, and he duly acknowledged to me that he executed the same.