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    Bernardo O'Higgins Letter Signed. Two pages with integral leaf, 8" x 9.75", Santiago [Chile], September 10, 1821, to Don Miguel Brabo de Sarabia. Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (1778-1842) was the Chilean-born son of Ambrosio O'Higgins, 1st Marquis of Osorno, an Irish-born officer who was at one time governor of Chile and viceroy of Peru. In September 1810 he joined the revolt against the Spanish government in the Chilean War of Independence. He served as second Supreme Director of Chile (president) from 1817 until 1823, but was deposed by a coup. He left Chile for Ireland, but while in Peru he was convinced by Simón Bolívar to join the struggle for independence at that place. After realizing that Bolívar had no intention of giving him a command, he left the army. O'Higgins died in Lima in 1842.

    Directly under the signature of O'Higgins is found the following inscription by an unknown author: "The first President of Chile after the declaration of Independence. He is still living in Peru. 1836." Folds are weak with some separation and moderately toned. O'Higgins' signature is bold. Some ink bleed-through and spots of foxing.

    W.C. Putnam Collection for the benefit of the Acquisition and Conservation Fund of the Putnam Museum.

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