[AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM SOUTH AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL DANIEL O'LEARY TO CHILEAN POLITICIAN JOAQUÍN ECHEVERRÍA LARRAÍN]
by O'Leary, Daniel F.
Valparaiso, 1825. pp., on a bifolium. Previously folded, with two separations from the outer margin repaired with archival tape. A few other small nicks and separations along fold lines, not affecting text. Some tanning and light foxing. Good plus. A striking letter written in January 1825 by the Irish South American revolutionary general Daniel O'Leary to Chilean politician and former minister Joaquín Echeverría Larraín. O'Leary emigrated from Ireland to Venezuela in 1817 with a group of British mercenaries enlisted to join the armies of Simon Bolívar, under whom he served until the end of the wars for South American independence. In that time, he became a trusted general and aide-de-camp to Bolívar, and later published a memoir of the wars that collected a substantial portion of the revolutionary leader's correspondence. Here, O'Leary writes to Larraín to complain about one of the political leaders in Chile: "Seria una degradacion de mi caracter tener que hacer con un indecente y cobarde muñeco como el Señor Rodriguez, con mucha propriedad lo llama. ¡Pobre Chile! que sufre una semesante [?] indignidad - tener á la cabeza de su soberania nacional, un ser tan baso." O'Leary was writing near the end of a frustrating sixteen month spell spent in Chile, commissioned by Bolívar to convince the Chilean government to increase its contribution to the war efforts, in which he accomplished little. He goes on in the letter to announce his imminent departure for Lima, which effectively ended his mission in Chile. (Inventory #: WRCAM51838)
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