THE Peruvian Congress showed itself grateful for the victory of Ayacucho. Although Bolivar was not at the head of the troops, every one knew that the whole success of the campaign was due to him. They even for the moment forgot party hatred; thanks to his brilliant genius, a man had just succeeded in saving Peru and all the American colonies. He ought to be rewarded.
At Lima it was decided that:
An equestrian statue should be put up in the chief square.
A medal should be struck.
In the capital town of every Department a monument should commemorate the liberation of the country.
In the town halls, a portrait of Bolivar should hang in the Assembly Room in the place of honour.
Bolivar should for the rest of his life be entitled to the honours due to a President of the Republic.
He should also have a right to the title 'Father and Saviour of his Country.'
The Liberator should receive the sum of a million pesos for his own use.