BOLIVAR, SIMON. (1783-1830). South American soldier, statesman and revolutionary leader. LS. (“Bolivar”). 1½pp. Tall 4to. Angostura, December 18, 1817. To the Governor General of the Province of Guyana. In Spanish with translation.
“Thanks to the report of the Intendant of this Province, which referred to the remarks of Mr. Sheppard, captain of the brig Never Despair, I have learned that the commander of San Miguel is not only remiss and negligent in following the orders issued to him but that to carry them out he demands or accepts bribes which are dishonest and degrading for an official of the Republic. Such conduct, besides being criminal on the part of the accused, brings shame on the Government and ruins our reputation among foreigners, who, receiving payment orders here for the port [?], suffer delays and inconveniences, and see the contracts they have made with the State scorned and neglected.
Since without other proof than the attached letter [not present], we cannot take action against the commander who was in San Miguel on the 6th of this month, Your Honor must take the greatest interest in examining the truth of the event it describes or others if they took place earlier, or later, and according to the merits of the reports you receive, have him brought to justice according to the regulations so that he may suffer the sentence he is… for his conduct…”