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Handwritten letter from Dom Pedro II (1864)

Handwritten letter from Dom Pedro II (1864)

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The last monarch of the Empire of Brazil, Dom Pedro II, formally thanks a cardinal for his Christmas wishes.

  • Letter from Emperor Pedro II, with a large signature "Emperor", to a Cardinal, in gratitude for the Christmas wishes.
  • One page.
  • In old Portuguese.
  • 39.5cm x 32cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, May 30, 1864.
  • Medium condition, a wine stain (from Dom Pedro II or the Cardinal?) that does not affect the visibility of the text.
  • Unique piece.


Illustrious and Most Reverend in Christo Father, Cardinal Amat My as a Much Beloved Brother. I, Dom Pedro II, by the Grace of God, Constitutional Emperor and Perpetual Defender of Brazil, send you a great greeting as someone I love and imprisoned. I received with the greatest pleasure the letter in which you expressed your feelings to Me on the occasion of the Most Holy Christmas last year. I sincerely thank you for the wishes you will make for my happiness as well as for the prosperity of the Empire, whose destinies are entrusted to me and asking that My Name will always be remembered in Your Prayers, I take this opportunity to renew to you the assurances of the high appreciation that I place on Your virtues Illustrissimo and Reverendissimo in Christo Father Cardinal Amat. May Our Lord be in His Holy Guard. Written in the Palace of Rio de Janeiro on May 30, 1864. Emperador.


Most Illustrious and Most Reverend in Christ Father Cardinal Amat My Much Beloved Brother.

Dom Pedro II (1825 - 1891) was the second and last monarch of the Empire of Brazil, reigning the country for 58 years. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, the youngest son of Emperor Dom Pedro I who quickly abdicated: at the age of five, Pedro II was already Emperor, growing up with the desire to support his country and the Brazilian people.

During his reign, Dom Pedro II strongly developed Brazil, which became an emerging power. Political stability, the abolition of slavery despite opposition and freedom of expression made him a monarch admired internationally, by personalities such as, for example, the scientist Charles Darwin, the writer Friedrich Nietzsche and the composer Richard Wagner.

Despite his popularity, he was deposed and spent the last two years of his life in exile in Europe.

Dom Pedro II is certainly one of the best-known Brazilian historical figures, both in Brazil and abroad. Consequently, collectors' demand for documents signed by the Emperor is constant and growing. This piece has an interesting feature... a mysterious red stain.

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