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DIAZ, Sebastian, clergyman, born in Santiago, Chili, in 1'740" died there in 1812. He was a Dominican, versed in all the sciences of his time, and master of the principal ancient and modern languages. He assisted in founding the convent of Our Lady of Bethlehem, Santiago, and became its prior in 1781. He was again elected in 1784, and finished the buildings that his predecessor had not been able to complete. His principal works are "Noticia general de las cosas del Mundo "; "Tratad() contra la falsa Piedad ..... Manual Dogmfitico ..... Vida del Padre Manuel Acuna" ; and "Vida de Sor Maria de la Purificaci6n Valdes."
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