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[BORGES, José Ferreira]

O correio interceptado.


London, M. Calero, 1825.


16mo.  297, (1), vi pp., (1) f. with errata.  Original boards, paper label on spine, in cloth box.  

The work consists of 63 “letters,” plus prologue, dated 1 November 1825 - 24 August 1826.   Fearing reactionary repercussions to the Villa Franca revolt and the abolition of the 1822 Constitution the author fled to London in 1823 where he became part of the liberal group in England and where he wrote these articles.   His witty and caustic comments on government acts and his examination of many pertinent aspects of contemporary history were written to escape the prying eyes of the Portuguese police.   Later in 1827 he edited O Chaveco Liberal with Almeida Garrett.   His liberal ideas attracted the attention of Manuel Fernandes Tomás, and he became deputy for the Minho in the Cortes Constituintes and a member of the Council of State.   One of the foremost economists of early 19th century Portugal, Ferreira Borges compiled the first Portuguese commercial code and was active in organizing commercial administration in Portugal.         

Innocêncio IV, 328.   Ameal 917, "rara."  



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