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CARNEIRO, Heliodoro Jacinto d'Araujo

Cartas dirigidas a S.M. El-Rey D. Joao VI. desde 1817. a cerca do Estado de Portugal e Brazil, e outros mais documentos escritos.


London, Cox & Baylis (1821).


12mo.  iv, 80 pp.  Contemporary wrappers (worn).   Six lines deleted on last page and substituted in manuscript.

“The Cartas are important and interesting documents for the study of Portuguese affairs in London and Rio de Janeiro before the Portuguese revolution and the independence of Brazil.   They are very difficult to find today” (Borba de Moraes).   During the French occupation of Portugal Araujo Carneiro fled to London and, as a close friend of Hippolyto da Costa, the Brazilian journalist and editor of the Correio Brasiliense, he wrote for the newspaper, acted as subscription agent and as the intermediary between Hippolyto da Costa and the Prince Regent, D. João.   Through Paulo Fernandes Viana, Chief of Police of Rio de Janeiro, he maintained a lengthy correspondence with D. João, and he boasted that the prince held his letters in high esteem, and that he had declared “no one told me the truth as did Heliodoro.”   Araujo Carneiro had a considerable flair for politics.   The opinions he expressed in the Portuguese periodicals printed in London and in these Cartas are those of a sincere liberal and supporter of a Portuguese constitution;  he foresaw many political events and gave the Prince Regent good advice, and was granted a pension by the Prince for his work as a political informer.   To defend himself from his enemies’ intrigues he published this collection.  

Innocêncio III, 177.   Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 156.   Rodrigues 220.   Bosch, Brasilien-Bibliothek, 325.   Gauz, Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library 1537-1839, p. 698.  



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