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They did not and could not trade, that is, buy cheap to sell dear, any more than any other religious.
All matters of serious importance were to be referred back to himself. On 15 May, Saldanha, having received the Brief only a fortnight before, omitting the thorough house-to-house visitation that had been ordered, and pronouncing on the issues which the pope had reserved to himself, declared that the Jesuits were guilty of having exercised illicit, public, and scandalous commerce both in Portugal and in its colonies.
Others attribute it chiefly to the absolutism of the Bourbons.
For, though in France the king was averse to the Suppression, the destructive forces acquired their power because he was too indolent to exercise control, which at that time he alone possessed.
Outside France it is plain that autocracy, acting through high-handed ministers, was the determining cause.
In 1750, Joseph I of Portugal appointed Sebastian Joseph Carvalho, afterwards Marquis of Pombal as his first minister.
Père Antoin La Vallette, superior of the Martinique missions, managed these transactions with no little success, and success encouraged him to go too far.