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    Simón Bolívar Letter Signed. Three pages, 8" x 9.5", in Spanish, Cuenca [Ecuador], September 27, 1822. Writing just months after fully liberating Peru from the Spanish government, Bolívar writes to Eduardo Blaquiere regarding recent praise bestowed upon him from several prominent thinkers in Colombia and abroad for his leadership in struggle for independence from Spain. His letter reads, in part:

    "Senor Revenga has left in the capital of Bogota a small collection of modernists, politicians, and philosophers...and I am anxious at present to learn about the matters discussed recently by the senores [Pierre Étienne Louis] Dumont (writer and editor of Bentham) and [Jeremy] Bentham (British philosopher and social reformer), whose recent lecture you have recommended to me. I will have the honor of thanking those gentlemen and at the same time to ask pardon for my delay in responding to Senor Bentham; an excuse that is forgivable and I can assure him impossible, having received his letter in the middle of a military procedure that did not give me time to even read it; and I was choked (smothered) to tell him so, in the chaos of business. I will also have the pleasure of expressing my recognition to Monsieur Sirey, for his jurisprudence of the 19th century. He had the goodness to offer it to me and instruct me regarding it, if I could pay tribute at the same time to you..."

    At the time, Bolivar was head of what was then known -- albeit briefly -- as Gran Colombia, consisting of present day Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, and the northern portions of Peru and Brazil. He declared himself dictator in 1828 and narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. After Venezuela and Ecuador seceded from the "union" in 1830, Bolivar resigned, disillusioned and in poor health. He died in December of that year. Bolivar's signature is extremely bold. Vertical fold is repaired, as is the upper and lower edges near the fold. Lightly toned with ink bleed-through, there is a moderate stain at the edge of page three.

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

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