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The Cuban Major General writes a significant letter to the Representatives of the Western Department asking them to discuss with them some impressions in benefit of the nation and assuring them that the recognition of the Government Council by the American government would be very good for everyone.
Manuscript Letter Signed: "J.M. Rodriguez" in iron gall ink. 10¾x7¾. Fully Translated in English: "La Marquesa, Habana, October 6, 1878. Representatives of the Western Department for the next Assembly. Distinguished compatriots: this letter has the purpose to exchange some impressions with you, from which something positive may result for the country. Reflect if there is the security that the American government recognizes to the actual Government Council or, if not, to the new one that the assembly chosen. The first situation would be without a doubt more convenient and prestigious for the armed party and for the own country. But with the doubt of obtaining such recognition and that the new elected council had the same luck, given that its constitution will be lacking an identical defect of origin. Wouldn't it be more convenient and serious that the Assembly declared itself as permanent abrogating the representation of the Cuban people in arms, elected from its sine a commission to deal with President Mackinley in order to destroy the inalienable rights conquered by the army to Cuba? All Cubans and the American nation have their eyes on you. The moderation, firmness and right guess used when validating the rights of the army and its aspirations in a rational and righteous grade depends in a great part [illegible] for which we have sacrificed everything. Without any other issue, I say good bye with the greatest affection and consideration. Major General, J.M. Rodriguez." Jose Modesto Rodrigues was a Major General in Cuba's War of Independence (1895-1898). Multiple mailing folds. Moldy. Worn, soiled and toned. Moth marks at upper margin affecting 4 words of writing. Otherwise, fine condition.

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