A Poem and a Letter by Simón Bolívar and a Lock of His Hair Are Sold in London
By Dialogo March 24, 2010it was terrible A manuscript poem and a signed letter by Simón Bolívar and a lock of his hair were sold in London, as part of the auction of the private collection of the widow of a British military man who fought alongside the Latin American liberator. The collection, which offers interesting information about the private life of the hero of South American independence through numerous documents and letters, was acquired by an anonymous buyer for 30,000 pounds (33,300 euros or 45,000 dollars). The Bonhams auction house offered to the public the collection of Mary English, the wife of James Towers English, a general of Bolívar’s British Legion who died fighting in the Americas and whose legacy helps to know better the events that led to the independence of the Spanish colonies. The poem was written around 1826, at the time of Bolívar’s greatest power, and the text demonstrates that the liberator was conscious of the great weight he carried on his shoulders. “Happy is he who is satisfied with his humble fortune. Free of the proud yoke to which I am bound, He lives in the obscurity in which Heaven has hidden him. Blessed is he who is content with his humble fortune.” Along with the poem, the collection includes a letter Bolívar wrote to English in 1821 to express his condolences for the death of her husband and his regret for the difficulties she was suffering in Venezuela, promising that the Colombian government would help her.