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GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 7/1893 - HFSID 217442

 

MAXIMO GOMEZ
The General writes to a friend about mutual acquaintances in emotional letter and refers that he is aware of his death sentence and the History judgment
Autograph Letter Signed:
"M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 18x11¼. Fully Translated in English: "Dear friend: What a coincidence, just yesterday I came back from Santiago, where I talked about you and Barnet, with Nicolas, Rafaelita, Sterling and also with the cemetery, where I spent the rest the evening, and when I arrived here I found your letter. What you ask me for in your letter is an order for me, and I plan to do it right away. Everything will be done. I always ask my friends that live in that Cay about you, and they tell me that you live as you always have, dedicated to the sacred fulfillment of your duties, very poor but very deserving of the love of your family and the appreciation of your friends, and of the few ones that in the last instants of a hard and sad life, the good Barnet had. One of these days soon, I think that I will kill the sadness that embraces me and the loneliness that overcomes and consumes me in this cemetery, and since the colleges are closed for vacation, it is coming here tomorrow with the whole swarm and the uproar will happen in silence that in these moments I feel around me. I am leaving tomorrow to MonteCristi to custody the convoy. Today has passed by this port in the capital the steamboat that upon its return to New York it will deliver what you have asked for, and even thought I have plenty of time for everything, I write Doctor Sterling from here for that cause. Tell Joaquica that I love her and that every time I think about those sad days of my story in Santo Domingo, I also think of her. Tell her that I recently read in a newspaper that she made a trip to La Habana and that if she found herself in the need to do it again not to even think to go anywhere close to neither the Palace nor La Quinta de los Molinos. I do not want to happen to her what happened to the good Amalia de Agramonte. We are condemned and don not have any other remedy than to die biting the cordaban' as they say here. I say he or she, whoever wanted to be deceased and leave their children a services page clean of any stain as noble heritage, and obligate their friends to write on their graves the following epitaph " In this place is buried who died fighting for his fatherland". I already know, my compadre Serafin told me himself, that he makes a living for him and his wife selecting tobacco. That is good and will be better when History judges us and to those who are still dreaming with and for the fatherland. Margarita is adorable and is just like yours, a parakeet. When I ask her to remove my lice, cockroaches and butterflies of two lifes, I have to leave her because she drives me insane with her pampering and talking. I think, but I am not certainly sure, that Nicolas and Rafaelita complain for your silence, but now I will find out more about it because obviously it would have to do with to their apparent reason, because without a doubt it is because the letter you tell me wrote them got lost. Keep yourself well and with kisses to your children, believe me, your friend M. Gomez". Post script: "Tomorrow and everybody here will retake your memories". Dominican Major General Maximo Gomez (1836-1905) was initially trained as an officer of the Spanish Army at the Zaragoza Military Academy, originally arriving in Cuba as a cavalry Captain in the Spanish Army before taking up the rebel cause in 1968. Gomez famously helped transform the Cuban Army's military tactics and strategy, teaching the guerrilla independence fighters, the Mambises, their most feared tactic: the "Machete Charge". Gomez worked odd military jobs for the next couple decades: he became involved with the independence of Puerto Rico when he sold most of his possessions to finance a revolution, even volunteering to lead troops (later deemed unnecessary when Spain intervened), as well as was promoted to General of the Cuban army, improving the military's guerrilla tactics most effective against the traditional Spanish forces. The Spanish-American War, the result of the United States interfering in the Cuban War of Independence, forced Cuba to decide if they should choose heritage over their New World partners (Spain vs. U.S.), Dios decided to fight solely for his adopted country's independence; he lost his most trusted officer Antonio Maceo, and his son Francisco Gomez in the war in 1896, but by 1898 Cuba had obtained independence and Gomez was offered the presidential nomination, but he refused due to his Dominican heritage. By that time his was 75 years old, having spent half his life dedicated to the liberation of Cuba, and he died in Havana in 1905. Multiple mailing folds. Worn and soiled throughout. Slightly torn along folds. Stained throughout. Very fragile.


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GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ
Born: October 18, 1836 in Baní, Dominican Republic
Died: June 17, 1905 in Havana, Cuba




Film Credits
1999 Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War (in person)


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