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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 appoints the 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. In English. A large folded sheet, two pages of writing. 23.2 cm x 37.6 cm. Rio de Janeiro, September 15, 1837. Yellowed paper, good condition. Single piece.


Antonio Pinto Chichorro da Gama. The Regent on behalf of
Emperor Dom Pedro According to them there were many sal-
to give. Having regard to your distinguished patriotic monuments,
tism to [they will say] the Sacred cause of this Empire and more qualities
of recommendable that incur in your person. It's for good
appoint you President of the Province of Rio de Janeiro whose
position is called Paulino José Soares de Sousa and you later
to take an oath under the terms of the Letter of Law of the third of
October, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four shall enter into exercise
cio de same cugar receiving from the vice president who occupies
the necessary information for the good direction and progress of the
public affairs and enforcing [religious] observance
of laws for freedom security prosperity of peoples
that are entrusted to you. Written in the Palace of Rio de Janeiro in
September fifteenth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, tenth
cent of the Independence of the Empire.

Diogo Antonio Feijo.
Manoel A[lves] Branco
For Antonio Pinto Chichorro
da range


By the regent on behalf of the emperor
Mr 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 during the childhood of Emperor D. Pedro II and someone had to assume his public responsibilities. He went down in history as the "Regent Feijó", who ruled only two years, but his action is widely recognized by historians.

He decided on the construction of roads, encouraged the organization of banks, 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 set of united territories, but with greater autonomy. Symbol of its importance, the statue of Diogo Antônio Feijó, is an integral part of the Independence Monument, Ipiranga/São Paulo.

Padre Feijó was one of the most interesting Brazilian personalities of the first half of the 19th century, he exercised the Regency with competence and seriousness. He led the nation in a difficult time, when there were several revolts with the separatist objective: Regent Feijó knew how to bring order throughout Brazil.

Feijó's handwritten documents are rare, a little less so when signed as regent, but this letter is signed just four days before resigning from office, which gives it a special interest.

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