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    Simon Bolivar Manuscript Letter Signed From his Headquarters at Angostura, on official imprinted letterhead including his name and title as "Gefe Supremo de la República, Capitan-General de los Exércitos (Supreme Chief of the Republic and Commanding General of the Armies)de Venezuela y de la Nueva Granada". Two and a half pages, 8.25" x 11.75", Headquarters at Angostura, July 2, 1818. In Spanish, Bolivar writes to Guillermo White, a friend and correspondent in Trinidad relating important news he has received about the prospects of support from England and the possibility of war between the United States and Spain.

    He writes: "Yesterday has been a day of jubilation in this city... for the important news that has come from Admiral Brion from the Isle of Margarita. Our squadrons have been reinforced with ships arriving from England and troops from Buenos Aires... All of the ships that have been dispatched from London, with troops, arms, and munitions are coming for the Admiral who will arrive in this port with all of these elements..."

    Admiral Brion also reports that the North American sloop of war Hornet carrying Mr. Irwin, the U.S. envoy to Venezuela will be arriving. Bolivar adds, "His [Mr. Irwin] mission is regarding the recognition of our Independence by the North and of the outbreak of war between that Republic and Spain." It is Bolivar's belief that these events will bring "the arms and munitions that have been in shortage throughout the whole course of our revolution... The war between the United States and Spain will complete the work of our Independence." Boldly signed "Bolivar". Docketed by the recipient on the verso.

    After years of defeats and narrow escapes, Bolivar was able to secure headquarters in Angostura, New Grenada as a result of Admiral Pedro Luis Brion (1782-1821) capturing the Island of Margarita. With the funding and support of Haiti and the use of English and Irish mercenaries, Bolivar launched a successful attack against the Spanish a year later. Bolivar's troops crossed the Andes and defeated the Spanish forces at Boyaca in August of 1819. This victory marked the turning-point of the revolution. Bolivar would become president of the newly-created Republic of Colombia and, together with Jose de Sucre, would continue his efforts to the liberate all of South America.

    An important manuscript recording the forces in play as Bolivar planned his attack on Spanish forces. In near fine condition, with toning and a few foxing spots.


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