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[MANUSCRIPT - PETITION, ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS & LETTERS]. VARNHAGEN, Frederico Luiz Guilherme de.
[A petition to King Miguel I of Portugal for appointment as supervisor of mines, accompanied by 9 numbered notarized transcriptions of supporting documents, 2 related letters to his minister and Secretary of State for Justice, José António de Oliveira Leite de Barros, Conde de Basto, and an earlier letter to King João VI].Marina Grande (in Monte Real, Portugal), 21 December 1825-11 March 1829. Folio and 4to. The petition, accompanying transcriptions and letters written in Portuguese. In an old brown paper folder and with a typescript list of the contents inserted.
[2], [2 blank]; [22], [2 blank]; [2], [2 blank]; [2], [2 blank] pp.Petition to King Miguel I of Portugal by Frederico Luiz Guilherme de Varnhagen (1782-1840), requesting an appointment as "intendente de minas" (superintendent of mines) to replace the retiring incumbent, Barão de Eschwege. The petition was granted. It was accompanied by notarized transcriptions of supporting documents. With it are 3 related letters from Varnhagen, the first to King João VI of Portugal in 1825, requesting the grant of an estate in return for his many years of service and the other two to Miguel I's minister and Secretary of State for Justice, the Conde de Basto (1749-1833) in 1829, in relation to his petition. Varnhagen was born in Arolsen (Hessen), but in 1803 the Portuguese prince regent, the future King João VI, induced him to come direct the Portuguese iron works. When the Royal family fled to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 1808, Varnhagen went with them helped set up a Brazilian iron works that he eventually directed with success.The letter of 1825 is folded horizontally and must have been turned 90° when the documents were stored, so that the water stain that runs through the foot of the other documents, appears in its gutter, running through the end of the lines of text on page 2. Extensive primary source material, especially concerning iron mining and iron works in Brazil and Portugal.
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