MAJOR GENERAL JOSE MODESTO RODRIGUEZ - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 10/06/1898 - HFSID 250224
JOSÉ MODESTO RODRIGUEZ
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
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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