The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 112
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On the 15th of March, 1816, he again wrote to his sister
I have learned that you received the small amount of money
I sent you and that you were beautiful and pretty. I con-
gratulate you and offer my homage. May that beauty con-
tribute only to your happiness! Fortune, which has smiled
upon you, and which will probably smile still more, since I
shall take it upon myself to make it do so if it is not always
favorable, has doubtless attracted to you adorers, more for
your good fortune than for yourself. As a brother and a friend,
I must tell you then to be on your guard. I do not presume
to hinder you in your inclination, but if you will have some
regard for my advice in the matter of a bond so unbreakable,
that you may have already the intention of contracting, you
will choose a virtuous and educated man. Should he have
no fortune, I engage myself to make him one if he has these
qualities. If you would wait until you are with me, and I
intend to have you when I shall be established in a safe
place, I shall probably be able to find you a suitable match....
He also wrote to his foster-parents, the Maignets:
I have not received any of your letters, which I should have
been delighted to have. It is possible that because of the
difficulty of communicating with Cartagena, my friend Dupuis
thought it unwise to risk your letters. The newspapers have
doubtless informed you of the evacuation of Cartagena des
Indes by the patriots or the rebels as the Spaniards call us,
and this may have caused you some anxiety for my safety.
Except for a few losses, however, I escaped without great
damage from that difficult place. During the siege, which
lasted three months, I commanded the flotilla of the State,
composed of twelve boats of different sizes. With these boats
I had several engagements, which have given me some repute,
so that the government, in order to recompense me, has pro-
moted me to the rank of Captain in the navy of the Republic
of New Grenada, of which our state of Cartagena was a part.
I have won honor and the esteem of my fellow citizens, but I
lost because of this siege about 25,000 piastres on account of
money advanced to the government or in goods that I left
in the place for the lack of ships to transport them, those we
had being too small to save the inhabitants. After two months
and twenty-five days of a hard siege, in which more than 2,500
persons died of hunger, having eaten even the beef hides and
a thousand other filthy things of this kind, we were obliged
to pass with fourteen little boats through the batteries of the
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