The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 116
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the Spaniards, but after the siege of Cartagena he had a rival.
In the documents which Aury addressed to the representatives
of Colombia, he complained of the dishonest practices of a certain
Monsieur Brion who treacherously supplanted him as commander
of the expedition organized by General Bolivar for the liberation
of Venezuela. A little later, Aury returned this bad stroke by
saving Brion's ships about to be surprised by the Spaniards. To
repay this heaping of coals, Brion persuaded one of Aury's lieu-
tenants to desert him with his best ship. The document closes
with an enumeration of damages due Aury by the republic.
This surprisingly complete story of Aury's adventures comes to
a close with a document, drawn up by the justice of the peace
and chief of police of the isles of Santa Catalina and Vieille
Providence, reporting Aury's death on August 30, 1821. The third
of September of the same year, the same person made an inventory
of Aury's possessions, which he left to his sister Victoire Aury
(Madame Dupuis). A relative, Adrien Aury, named as executor,
had been killed in a sea battle and another was appointed in his
It is to be regretted that the reserve placed upon Aury by his
correspondents has caused him to omit the more intimate details
of his career as a pirate, but even so, his life reads like fiction.
LANCASTER E. DABNEY.
The University of Texas.
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