Cartas e mais documentos dirigidos a Sua Magestade o Senhor D. João VI pelo Principe Real o Senhor D. Pedro de Alcantara com as datas de 19 e 22 de junho deste anno: e que forão presentes às Cortes Geraes Extraordinarias e Constituintes da Nação Portugueza Em a Sessão de 26 de Agosto do mesmo anno.
Lisbon, Na Imprensa Nacional, 1822.
Small 4to. 52 (i.e. 56) pp. Disbound, inside cloth box. Ownership signature on title p., some underlining & contemporary ink annotations in outer margins of pp. 4 & 5, tiny wormhole in lower margin of pp. 33-46.
Written when Brazil’s independence from Portugal appeared to D. Pedro as inevitable, the first letter to his father, D. João VI, dated 19 June 1822, contains his blunt assertion that “Portugal is today a fourth-class state and needful, therefore dependent; Brazil is of the first class and independent,” and the memorable lines recalling his father’s advice that he should be guided by prudence and caution and that, should Brazil become independent, D. João would prefer Pedro to be its ruler rather than those “adventurers.” D. Pedro also requests that his brother, Miguel, should by popular request come to Brazil to support him and in due course marry his daughter, Maria da Glória (pp. 2-3). The collection reproduces documents relating to the current political situation in Brazil. “Faz-se esta edição por Ordem da Cortes, prohibida a reimpressão por particulares” is printed on the verso of the title page. “These Cartas are quite rare. The edition was limited, and copies were not offered for sale” (Borba de Moraes). The text of p. 51 is continued on p. 56.
Innocêncio XVII, 162. Borba de Moraes I, 161. (Cf. Gauz, Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library 1537-1839, 822/45).