FUNAG releases “CHDD Journals No. 28”
The Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG) has released the new edition of the CHDD Journals (No. 28), which presents two sets of documents. The first set continues the publication of official letters (ofícios*) by Miguel Maria Lisboa, Head of the Brazilian Empire’s Legation in Washington between 1859 and 1865. The previous edition brought official letters from the years 1859-1860; the new edition now brings the two following years. One of the reasons to read Lisboa’s letters is the quality of information from the Brazilian diplomat regarding a decisive moment in the history of the United States. The information even gains value in the flawless diplomatic style of the official letters. The writing is clear, precise, and without pompousness. The final part with the letters of 1863-1865 will be published in the next issue of CHDD Journals.
The second set presents a little-known episode in Brazil-Africa relations in the 19th century: Hermenegildo Niterói’s special mission to Liberia between 1850 and 1853.
* “Ofício” is the name used in Portuguese for a type of formal communication very common at the time among diplomatic representations overseas and the Secretariat of State in Brazil.