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Vice Chancellor Brother Peter’s Gift from Chile is the Library’s Invaluable Acquisition 


 

On Wednesday, 18 October, Brother Peter Bray, having arrived from his visit to Chile, came over to the Library to give us a facsimile of Don Andres Bello’s manuscript, entitled “Cuadernos de Londres” (1812-1820), volume 1, recording eight prolific years of his life in London.

His life unfolds in three great scenarios:  in late 18th and early 19th C, in the city of Caracas where he was born; the city during that time was recognized as one of the most cultured cities of the Spanish empire in America; in London, at the time when it was becoming the capital of a new world empire; and most importantly in Chile, where the most fertile and productive part of his life and work took place.  He was Rector of the University of Chile from 1843 – 1865, spanning two decades of scholarship, diplomacy, and academic leadership. Don Andrés Bello is considered the greatest humanist of Latin America.

 

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