Letter from Manuel Fernández, a coronel and chief commander, to Manuel López, a cavalry captain.
The author thanks Manuel López for having forwarded him some letters, in particular one from his wife, and complains about not having enough free time to write more often to her and to other friends. He also complains about the lack of decent men in his department.
The General Police Administration was closely monitoring the activities of foreign citizens residing in Portugal, also controlling their communications, in collaboration with the superintendent of the Posts. This letter is part of this intercepted correspondence from those Spanish military and intellectuals who, fleeing the absolutist Spain, had taken refuge in Portugal and were suspected of harboring liberal ideas and of plotting to overthrow Fernando VII and establish a constitutional regime.
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