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COLONEL MANUEL SANGUILY GARRITE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/01/1911 - HFSID 217718

The Colonel types an important and urgent letter to Mr. Modesto Morales Diaz referring to the attacking articles from the Habana press against the Mexican President and his minister in Cuba wrote by Mr.

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MANUEL ANTONIO SANGUILY GARRITE
The Colonel types an important and urgent letter to Mr. Modesto Morales Diaz referring to the attacking articles from the Habana press against the Mexican President and his minister in Cuba wrote by Mr. Marquez Sterling which he wants to be sent to him so he could send them to the Cuban ministry in Mexico
Typed Letter Signed: "Manuel Sanguily" in black ink. 7½x6¼, (open flat) 12¾x7½. Two pages. Fully Translated in English: "Habana, March 1, 1911. Mr. Modesto Morales Diaz. My dear friend: You will recall the attacks from the Havana press against the president of Mexico and his minister in Cuba, which were published in the newspaper under your decent direction, I believe there were two articles published a few days apart of, in the bottom section. They were written by the expert and brilliant pen of Mr. Marquez Sterling; well, I would appreciate very much if you could order to find them and send them immediately to this Secretary; because it is extremely urgent that I send them to our Minister in Mexico, General Loinaz del Castillo, who truly needs them as soon as possible. Thanking you very much in advance, I am glad to assure you my most distinguished consideration as your collaborator. Manuel Sanguily." Manuel Antonio Sanguily Garrite (1848-1925) was a Cuban orator, author, statesman, and politician. Sanguily left law school to fight in Cuba's Ten Years' War (1868-1878) and had his first combat in La Guanaja. By the end of January 1869 he was named Secretary of Major General Manuel de Quesada and in March the Assembly of Representatives of the Center chose him to lead the commission that interviewed with the villarenos leaders in order to unify the direction of the revolution and determine the type of government that would be created in the Republic in Arms. On May 1869 he joined the cavalry of Camaguey and six months later he was ascended to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1874 Manuel was elected as Representative of the Chamber and remained there until the next year, when he resigned to join the forces of Mayor General Maximo Gomez in the invasion to Las Villas. That year he alternated between the positions of assistant of Gomez, Department Chief of the First Division of the Third Force and President of the Martial Court. He was a member of the commission led by Gomez and interviewed with Major General Vicente Garcia in June 25, 1875 in Loma de Sevilla, Camaguey, to discuss the requests of the people of Lagunas de Varona and as a consequence President Salvador Cisneros substituted him with Juan Bautista Spotorno. On March 4, 1876 he was ascended to Colonel and in January 16, 1877 Manuel Antonio was chosen to assist his brother Julio Sanguily Garrite in the commission to leave Cuba and organize armed expeditions to the island. In New York he collaborated with his brother in the preparation of an expedition that had to leave that city in the vessel Stelle in September 1877, but a delay in the preparation of the steamboat and a denunciation made by the Ambassador of Spain in the United States made that the American authorities imprisoned all the insurrects. However, when he was trying to solve the situation, the war ended with the Pacto del Zanjon. During 1869 he participated in the combats of Maniabon, Vazquez, Guaimaro, San Jose, Punta Pilon and Santa Cruz as well as in the attack to Puerto Principe. In 1870 he took part in the battles of Clueco, Caobillas, Peralejo, San Fernando de Najasa, Anton, San Emilio and Minas. On February 20, 1871 Sanguily Garrite got his hip wounded in the attack to Torre Optica de Colon. He was also present in the combats of Pensacola, Mulato and Zaragoza and in 1872 took part in the actions of Palmarito, Aranjuez and Trinidad. In 1873 Manuel Antonio participated in the combats of Auras, Platano, San Antonio, Carolina, San Felipe, La Sacra, Guaimaro, La Luz, Nuevitas and Atadero, and the next year he was present in the battles of Garrido, Naranjo-Mojacasabe, Las Guasimas, Jimaguayu and Cascorro. In 1875 he fought in La Crimea, Rio Grande, La Reforma and Iguara. He had a brilliant participation in the attack and taking of Las Tunas in September 23, 1876 under the command of Major General Vicente Garcia. Manuel Antonio did not participate in the War of 1895 also called Necessary War, because he had traveled to New York to speak with the American authorities trying to liberate his brother Julio. He returned to Cuba in October 8, 1898 to participate in the Assembly of Santa Cruz del Sur, as a representative of the Third Force of Camaguey but that same year traveled back to the United States to obtain resources for the cause. In the Assembly of Cerro he proposed the elimination of the Chief of the Liberation Army position, which meant the destitution of Major General Maximo Gomez. During the American military intervention he served as a director of the Institute of Secondary Education of La Habana; and in 1901, as a delegate of the Constituent Assembly, he initially opposed to the Enmienda Platt but later approved it. He was elected Senator for the province of Matanzas and was the first one to preside the Senate. Major General of the Liberation Army Mario Garcia Menocal and him were mediators between moderates and liberals during the armed revolt of August 1906. On January 22, 1910 Manuel Antonio was named Secretary of State and in 1912 he opposed to another American intervention in Cuba due to the events occurred in Oriente by the Independent Movement of Color. On May 20, 1913 he was the Secretary of Government in the cabinet of President Mario Garcia Menocal but resigned in February 1917, due to the unconformity for the reelection of Menocal. On January 23, 1925 Manuel Antonio Sanguily Garrite died in La Habana. Moldy. Normal mailing folds. Worn and soiled. Very stained throughout. Light surface creased. Edges slightly frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.

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