Autograph Letter Signed ("Morelos") in Spanish, to Brígida Almonte, the love of his life and mother of two of his children, 2 pp bifolium written recto/verso of 1st leaf, 8vo, [Acapulco], July 16, 1813, old folds, minor foxing, some words obscured from bleed-through of the ink.
Provenance: Jacinto Reynoso (gift from the family of Morelos); thence by descent.
"MI ALMONTE." In what may be the only extant letter from Morelos to Brigida Almonte, described as his love, and the mother of two of his children. He begins, reminding her not to forget the advice he has given to her, and offers a list of goods he is sending to her, including a silver vase, asking her to let him know she received it. He simply instructs her to give Eusebio two pesos on Sundays, and to watch for the shipment. The letter is vested with a sense of finality.
According to Herrejon Peredo Los procesos de Morelos, he would in fact return once more to see his daughter and likely Brigida, although somewhat tragically she would precede him in death around this time. In what may have been his final significant act, he arranged for their son, Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, to travel to America for his safety and education. Raised in New Orleans, Juan became a general under Santa Anna, fought at the Alamo, and served as Mexico's ambassador to the United States under Santa Anna's final administration.
Little is known of the relationship between Morelos and Almonte, and this rare document comprises one of the few pieces of primary documentation.