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inscribed two baptismal records on one of the blank pages in 1832 and 1833. In 1838 

Pedro de Alcantara Bricẽo of San Antonio made a record on the same page that he had 
purchased the book "in his poverty" for the price of one peso, probably from a priest, 

although the writing is very indistinct. It is possible that the priest was Don Diego Hoil, 
the son of the writer. On another blank page the same Pedro Bricẽo noted that he made 

a loan of the book. The date here is badly written, but it is probably 1858. Some time 

during the next ten years it was acquired by Don Audomaro Molina, how or where, we 
do not know; but the latter stated to Sr. Martinez Hernandez in 1910 that he had given it 

to Bishop Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona. It was already in the Bishop's possession when 

Dr. Berendt copied it in 1868, and he permitted Teobert Maler to make the first 
photographs of it in 1887. When Bishop Carrillo died in 1897, the book passed into the 

hands of Don Ricardo Figueroa, and through the efforts of Sr. Molina it was loaned in 

1910 to George B. Gordon, Director of the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, 
who photographed it the same year. In 1913 the Museum published & handsome 

facsimile reproduction from which the present translation is made. The original was 
returned to Figueroa, in whose house Dr. S. G. Morley saw it in 1913. After Figueroa's 

death the manuscript was removed in 1915 to the Cepeda Library in Merida, but when 

Dr. Morley visited the Library in 1918 it had disappeared and its whereabouts is still 
unknown. As Dr. Morley has already noted, "In view of its doubtful fate, it is nothing 

short of providential that two photographic copies of it exist, the one made by Maler in 

1887, a copy of which is in the Gates collection, and the other made by Gordon in 

The attempt has been made to learn something about Don Juan Josef Hoil, the compiler 
of the manuscript, from the surviving members of the Hoil family of Chumayel, and 

although he has not been completely identified, the results of the inquiry are not without 

interest. The writer is indebted to Sr. Martinez Hernandez of Merida for the following 

There appears to have been but one Hoil family in Chumayel. The present generation 

consists of Miguel, care-taker at Uxmal; Alejandro, a brakeman on the Ferrocarriles 

Unidos de Yucatan; Transito and Valentina, all of whom were born at the village of 
Xul. After much consultation with the various members of the family, Miguel Hoil 

reported on February 28, 1928, that their father was Epitacio Hoil, who married Cristina 

Parra and had a brother, Maximo. The grandfather was Juan Joś Hoil, married to Felipa 
Mendoza. He could hardly be the Don Juan Josef Hoil who signed the manuscript in 

1782, however. The great-grandfather was Damaso Hoil, the natural son of a Dõa 

Guadelupe Hoil, and married to Narcisa Guemes. From his time down to that of 
Epitacio the family seems to have lived at Tekax. Dõa Guadelupe was the sister of Don 

Diego Hoil, curate of San Crist́bal. This is a suburb of Merida and was an important 
Indian parish, which indicates that Don Diego was a man of some learning and 

considerable importance. This would take us back to about the time when the 

manuscript was written, but unfortunately our information ceases at this point. It seems 
likely that the Don Juan Josef Hoil who wrote the Chilam Balam of Chumayel was the 

father of Don Diego, the curate, and of Dõa Guadelupe. A search of the records of the 

parish of San Crist́bal might be rewarded with the confirmation of Don Diego's 
parentage. If Dõa Guadelupe's natural son, Damaso, was brought up in her father's 

home at Chumayel, it would be most natural that Damaso should give his own son the 

name of his maternal grandfather.


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