This essay analyzes two seventeenth-century unpublished letters of women’s authorship sent to the Spanish monarchy. I argue in this essay that the letters of Doña Isabel de Salazar (1611) and Doña Ana de Nabarrete (1621) are two textual representations facilitated by their ability to utilize the bureaucracy and demonstrate the authors’ exercise of power and inscribe them within a legal, bureaucratic, and hierarchical instrument—culturally, socially, and ultimately, economically. Salazar and Nabarrete perform a textual agency by means of transactions and negotiations within a specific power structure.

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