Dom Pedro the Magnanimous, Second Emperor of Brazil

Dom Pedro the Magnanimous, Second Emperor of Brazil

Dom Pedro the Magnanimous, Second Emperor of Brazil

Dom Pedro the Magnanimous, Second Emperor of Brazil

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Up to now, there has been no biography in English of Dom Pedro II of Brazil, who should be ranked among the ablest rulers of his century and among the finest historical characters of modern times. The present volume was written with the aim of supplying this lack. In this connection I tried to find and weigh all important available data relating to the Emperor.

Many people have aided me in my work. To the staffs of the following-named libraries I am indebted:--Goucher College, Enoch Pratt, and the Library of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the Columbus Memorial Library of the Pan American Union, the Library of Congress, the Lima Library of the Catholic University of America, the Bibliotheca Nacional of Portugal, the Bibliotheca Nacional of Brazil, the Archivo Nacional of Brazil, and the Library of the Instituto Historico e Geographico Brasileiro. Miss Eleanor Falley, librarian at Goucher College, was tireless in her efforts to secure for me inter-library loans. Dona Maria Luiza de Maia Monteiro cheerfully kept me supplied with archival materials at the Châateau d'Eu.

For aid in gaining access to important sources I am indebted to Mrs. Manoel de Oliveira Lima of Washington, Dr. Bertha Lutz, Madame Jeronyma Mesquita, Dr. Max Fleiuss, and the Conde de Affonso Celso, all of Rio de Janeiro, the Honorable Walter C. Thurston, formerly chargé d'affaires in Brazil, Professor J. Fred Rippy of the University of Chicago, Professor Percy Alvin Martin of Stanford University, and, especially, to Professor Clarence H. Haring of Harvard University and to the late Edwin Vernon Morgan, for many years American ambassador to Brazil.

The Social Science Research Council made it financially possible for me to examine in 1933 important records in Europe and in Brazil relating to the Emperor.

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