BOLIVAR, SIMON Two letters signed to Jose Rafael Arboleda, one in his hand.
The first letter Bogota: 22 January 1830. Two page autograph letter in Spanish on recto and verso of one folded sheet, signed "Bolivar," 10 x 7 7/8 inches (26 x 20.5 cm). Light spotting and toning to extremities; The second Bogota: 27 February 1830. 1 1/2 page letter in Spanish on recto and verso of one folded sheet, signed "Bolivar," 10 1/8 x 8 inches (26 x 21 cm), Small loss at upper corner with some loss of date, spotting.
Two days after his resignation, Bolivar penned the first letter here to friend and supporter Arboleda. Venezuela had seceded from Gran Colombia one month earlier and was now under the control of General Paez, whom Bolivar writes (in translation): "continues to write me very friendly letters. I believe that we will have a meeting soon, which will perhaps result in peace." In the second letter, Bolivar remains optimistic that the insurrection in Venezuela could be quieted, writing, "The commission named by the Congress, consisting of General Sucre and the Bishop of Santa Marta ... left for Venezuela five or six days ago; if this does not manage to cut the revolution short, at least it will do much ..." These letters sold Christie's New York, 5 December 1991, lots 11 & 12. Published in Lecuna, Vicente. Cartas del Libertador, Tome IX, Caracas, 1929, p. 228 & 237.
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