By Bolivar's orders Paez was dismissed from his civil and military offices and accused of treason. The town of Valencia took the part of Paez, who became the real leader of the insurrection. Without wasting an instant, Bolivar marched on Caracas, where, however, he was received with enthusiasm. They felt him to be the stronger man, and he seemed determined to take the most radical measures. Paez sent General Silva to him to set forth his claims. A majority of Venezuelans demanded the partition of Colombia; New Granada and Venezuela would remain on very good terms, but it was in the interests of all that they asked for this separation.
'You will say to General Paez that I am glad to see his return to better feelings. As for the partition of Colombia, the question has already been laid before the Congress at Bogotá; but I have not the necessary power to settle this difference. The Assembly will deal with it.'
Paez made overtures to the Liberator, promising to do his best to appease the malcontents, but he did not dare to go to Bolivar, whose ill-will he feared. He felt himself to blame, and the Liberator was obliged to make him ashamed of his fears by announcing that he would come alone to Valencia to interview him.
In spite of all, Paez was a warrior and could not