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Publication Date: 1905
Used Condition: fair
From Xerxes Fine and Rare Books and Documents (Glen Head, NY, U.S.A.)

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A wonderful and poignant collection of 8 letters written by a Spanish emigrant in Cuba 1905-06. The letters total 39 sides on 12 sheets of paper, all handwritten in ink in Spanish, and addressed to Sra. Mercedes Chueca Alonso in Barcelona. All are signed Pepe who also identifies himself as Jose Vila Maria and as Jose Vicente. The letters include a fairly detailed account of his voyage to Cuba via Barcelona, Paris, Marseille; a comparison of Havana to Barcelona; advice to a prospective emigrant (Mercedes's brother); and some account of his attempts to seek his fortune, apparently in the miitary. In passing he mentions something of the events of the time - the August 1906 uprising and subsequent American military intervention:.El haberme hecho ciudadano Cubano fue con objecto de ingresor en la academia del cuerpo de artilleria mas me imponian condiciones que no pude aceptar, pues tenia que entrar de soldado y firmar un contrato por cuartro anos y el examen para oficial era libre pues aqui el servicio es voluntario mas (illegible) quiero que aqui solo (illegible) la influencias y son muchos los libertadores que de la ultima guerra existen, resultan que por muy benos examanes que se hagan, podran (illegible) a extranjero a (illegible) la plaza inguesaron cuando la intervencion americana, fueron relevados en sus cargoes. (April 1, 1906) .Hace unos dia me intregaron dos targeta y una carta tuya; en esta ultima me manifiestas estraneza por no tenor noticia mas.a circumstancias por que ha estado atravesando la Habana; pues en momentos en que ya tenia el nombramiento.a ingresor en el cuerpo del ejercito contro lo que era de esperar intervinieron los americanos por lo que me virprecisado a marcher a Port Tampa, Estados Unidos en donde he permanecido hasto unos dias antes de pasar por aqui.los muchos destrozos que en esta capital. (November 20, 1906) Also included is a letter from Pedro Marden of Barcelona postmarked 1907 informing Sra Chueca of the death of Vicente, presumably the Pepe of the other letters, in Cuba of unknown causes. Together with 9 stamp-bearing envelopes. Bookseller Inventory # a58469

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Publication Date: 1905

Book Condition:fair

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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