Lot 240BOLIVAR, SIMON
Letter signed, with autograph postscript, to General Rafael Urdaneta. San Pedro, Santa Marta: 7 December 1830. Four page letter in Spanish on one folded sheet, signed "Bolivar" and with a six line postscript in his hand. 9 x 7 1/4 inches (23.5 x 19 cm). Small loss at upper left corner, toned, usual folds.
Just ten days before his death of tuberculosis in the seaside town of Santa Marta on the Colombian coast, Bolivar writes to Urdaneta, the Provisional President of Colombia and a staunch Bolivar supporter since the Admiral Campaign, urging him to put political differences aside with General Justo Briceño and ordering him to pursue the assassins of Sucre (his assassination on June 4, 1830 was a major factor in the collapse of Gran Colombia). He also reports on his failing health and this long, important letter closes with a postscript in Bolivar's hand (in translation): "Do not believe a thing they say about me. I disapprove of Briceño's conduct more strongly than you do, and whatever I write to him is to see whether I can hold him in check." A few days later, knowing his end was near, Bolivar wrote to Briceño also urging reconciliation with Urdaneta. Bolivar died on 17 December 1830. This letter sold Christie's New York, 5 December 1991, lot 15. Published in Lecuna, Vicente. Cartas del Libertador, Tome IX, Caracas, 1929, p. 40.
Sold for $5,000
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