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Letter signed by Diogo Antônio Feijó (1837)

Letter signed by Diogo Antônio Feijó (1837)

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In 1837, Feijó appointed President of the Province of Rio de Janeiro, just four days before resigning as Regent of Dom Pedro II.

  • Handwritten letter signed by Diogo Antônio Feijó, regent on behalf of the emperor, to Antonio Pinto Chichorro da Gama.
  • In Portuguese.
  • A large folded sheet, two pages written.
  • 23.2 cm x 37.6 cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, on September 15, 1837.
  • Yellowed paper, good condition.
  • Unique piece.


Antonio Pinto Chichorro da Gama. The Regent in the name of
Emperor Dom Pedro Segundo, there were many sal-
to give. Taking into account your different patriotic monuments,
ism to [they will say] the Sacred cause of this Empire and more quality
of recommendable damages that you incur. There is good
appoint you President of the Province of Rio de Janeiro of whose
position is called Paulino José Soares de Sousa and you later
to take an oath in accordance with the Charter of Law of three
October one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four you will enter into the exercise
cio of even cugar receiving from the vice president who occupies
the information necessary for the good direction and progress of
public affairs and maintaining [religious] observance
of laws for freedom security prosperity of the people
that are entrusted to you. Written at the Rio de Janeiro Palace in
September fifteenth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, tenth
cent of the Independence of the Empire.

Diogo Antonio Feijó.
Manoel A[lves] Branco
For Antonio Pinto Chichorro
Da Gama


By the regent in the name of the emperor
the Lord Dom Pedro Segundo
For Antonio Pinto Chichorro da Gama

Diogo Antônio Feijó (1784 - 1843) was a priest, councilor, deputy, senator, Minister of Justice and Regent of the Empire. Simple, hard-working, efficient, the priest was elected Regent of the Empire by the General Assembly in 1835. It was the time of Emperor D. Pedro II's childhood and someone had to assume his public responsibilities. He went down in history as the "Regent Feijó", he governed for only two years, but his actions are widely recognized by historians.

He decided to build roads, stimulated banking organization, encouraged the urbanization of the city of Rio de Janeiro, then the country's capital. He vigorously defended the end of slavery and the slave trade, democracy in state institutions and the abolition of celibacy for priests. Thanks to him, despite the rebellions, Brazil remained a group of united territories, but with greater autonomy. A symbol of its importance, the statue of Diogo Antônio Feijó, is an integral part of the Independence Monument, Ipiranga/São Paulo.

Father Feijó was one of the most interesting Brazilian personalities of the first half of the 19th century, he served as Regency with competence and seriousness. He led the nation in a difficult time, when several revolts with separatist objectives took place: Regent Feijó knew how to bring order throughout Brazil.

Feijó's handwritten documents are rare, slightly less so when signed as regent, but this letter was signed just four days before he resigned from his position, which gives it special interest.

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