The author is a member of the Academia Nacional de la Historia, Caracas, and is the editor of the monumental edition of Bolívar’s letters (11 vols., Caracas, 1929-48). Acknowledgment should be made here of the generosity of Dr. Lecuna, in distributing to historians and other scholars in this country, as well as to libraries, the eleventh supplementary volume of Cartas del Libertador and the three-volume work, Crónica razonada de las guerras de Bolívar, in which the author has brought together his diverse studies of the Liberator. In the interest of a still broader knowledge and appreciation of Bolívar in the United States Dr. Lecuna, with the support of the Banco de Venezuela, has arranged for the translation of a selection of Bolivar’s writings into English. This work, Selected Writings of Bolivar, has also been given wide free distribution in the United States. The present article, and the Selected Writings were translated into English by Harold C. Bierck, Jr., of the department of history, University of North Carolina—Ed.