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In the Archivo General de Indias in Seville there exists a remarkable sample of private correspondence between two of the most powerful figures of the Bourbon Age in Spanish American history. The principal writer is Zenón de Somodevilla y Bengoechea, marqués de la Ensenada and minister of Hacienda, War, and Indies and Marine since 1743, and subsequently holder of other posts that made him, in a contemporary opinion, "Secretary of Everything." His correspondent is José Antonio Manso de Velasco,doi:10.1017/tam.2016.74 fatcat:pcn4ia5xercy7cb5gj2mzj374e