EMILIO BACARDI Y MOREAU - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 218044
EMILIO BACARDI Y MOREAU The Cuban business man an activist writes a list to some clients referring to some expenses such as: red beans, milk cookies, anemones and books. Autograph Letter Signed: "Bacardi Y." in iron gall ink. 10¾x8½.
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EMILIO BACARDI Y MOREAU
The Cuban business man an activist writes a list to some clients referring to some expenses such as: red beans, milk cookies, anemones and books.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Bacardi Y." in iron gall ink. 10¾x8½. Full Translated in English: "I am still fighting , March 29, 1864. 'El Bravo'[illegible] Quantity. Very appreciate gentlemen of ours: String beans $6.99, Red beans 5½, anemones 6, milk cookies 2¼ [illegible] cents of 24/2 pounds, wayward, 14½ cents. Less the amount of your books $9½ [illegible] 10½cents. Under your ordes. Emilio Bacardi and Company.Cuba" Emilio Bacardi Y Moreau (1844-1922) was a Cuban industrialist, politician and writer who managed the Bacardi Rum Company that his father had founded in 1862. Trying to escape from the cholera epidemic in Cuba he moved to Spain, where he received instruction in literacy and political topics and grew to appreciate the arts and liberal politics of the day, such as abolition of slavery, criticism of organized religion, nationalism and democracy so when he returned to Cuba at the age of 17 his main interests were political and poetic activism and not business. However, as the first-born son of his father, he was given a growing and important role in the fledging company and during the 1870s, 80's and 90's his dual identity as a business magnate and subversive political activist grew and was named president of the rum company by his father in 1877. At the same time, Emilio became more and more involved in Cuba's nationalist resistant to the Spanish Empire and as a consequence, he was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned as a suspect of helping the rebels. The suspicious were well founded, as Emilio used his respectable business activities and connections as a cover for developing a financial network which channeled resources to the rebel guerilla army. Later, the political fortunes of Emilio and his country were extremely altered by the Spanish American War, in which the conquering American army took over administration of the island. General Leonard Wood, who was the American military governor of Santiago, appointed Emilio Bacardi as mayor of that city and in that position he worked extensively with the American military administration and his relationship with General Wood warmed to the level of friendship, tempered by their complicated political relationship. As mayor, he was generally recognized as a competent and effective manager, succeeding on extending services and practicing good government under the military administration and later the new Cuban Republic. His honesty and public service reputation distinguished him from many of the would-be leaders who arose in the post-independence political scramble. Bacardi also ran for and won a seat in the National Senate in 1906. Multiple mailing folds. Toned and soiled. Edges frayed. Fragile. ¾x½ and ¾x¾-inch stains at lower blank margin. Pinhead-size stains at lower blank margin. Fragile. Otherwise, fine condition.
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