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The Priest of May 25

Cornelius Saavedra asked that a priest be part of the First Board. However, from the interior of the country came someone unexpected. A priest who, far from the militias, decided to put together the first free newspaper of the Río de la Plata

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Those who knew him said that when he arrived in the Uruguay River after the long journey that brought him from Cordoba, Father Manuel Alberti was absorbed in his own affairs. Riding on an old horse, with the typical things that the priests of those days carried on their travels, he kept thinking of the intimate motives that would long divert him from his spiritual activity.

Despite the doubts he expressed aloud during the first passages of his reading, he soon ended up browsing, with the greed provided by the concern of true intellectuals, page after page the “Treaty on Tolerance” written by Voltaire. His assistant Augusto Morea, he was still riding a gray donkey. Behind them, mulattos carried drawers with books and garments of various origins. As loaded as the horse, every now and then the donkey stopped walking and brimming as asking heaven for help. He was walking among the stones because apparently he didn't want to go through the mud. The mulattos said that from time to time, Morea had to push the animal because she refused to move forward.

It seems that Father Alberti's assistant and his companions asked the priest to rest many times. Even at the end of each day Morea had become so accustomed to complaining that, forgetting any subtlety, she broke into huge yawns that came from her whole body.

Apparently Alberti learned to dismiss the laziness of his assistant as a typical feature of his age. He turned out to be very young. Ignoring it, with the patience that defined the theologians then, he focused all his attention on several pages in which Voltaire spoke of how to see others. The reading revealed it for more than half a trip. As it would be appropriate to say at this point when referring to the definitions that the scholars of the French Revolution inherited from Greek philosophy, there was a chapter that obsessed Father Alberti. He referred in a rather obscure way to the conceptions of those free thinkers who differ from religion. That same subject would have been part of his obsessions, hallucinations and feverish nightmares when, years later, Saavedra proposed him to be part of the First Board.

Beyond this complex issue, Voltaire's word was very exciting for the formation of a priest. He was profusely critical of the prohibition of freedom of worship and religious wars. Written in 1763, it was one of the books forbidden by the Church of the Viceroyalty. The central chapter, where he referred to the history of the Huguenots , kept an enigma that had not yet solved even the most restless of the priests of the New World. Even Alberti admitted that Voltaire, whose real name was François-Marie Arouet, had created something so new that it was impossible not to give up his reading despite the disgust he could sometimes provoke.

However, beyond the ways they once had to enliven the journey, reading or praying, the road became hard and long for all. The description provided by some authors of the time is insufficient, although it details each place where they stopped, as well as the difficulties they experienced. Because of the absence of roads they ended up diverting through Buenos Aires and that was not a simple route. It took too long to find the river. Winter was approaching and, although both Alberti and Morea knew how to resist the cold and the storms, they had to transcend the mountains and especially face the Pampean pastures, which opened up to one of the coldest and most depopulated steppes in America. The gauchos driving cattle in the distance, sometimes turned out to be the only sign of life. Almost delivered to the abandonment, it seems that one morning, very early, they saw Concepción del Uruguay.

Alberti went there lieutenant priest for a while. Morea always looked after him and was close to him. But once the priest was assigned to Buenos Aires and his decision was one of the most difficult to make. He abandoned everything, even Morea. His service went between Argentina and Uruguay as a messenger from coast to coast concerning the English Invasions, until he fell prisoner of the Anglo-Saxon enemy in 1807.

Released by the Revolutionary Army, the first friendly face he saw when the coast arrived from Maldonado, was, by his

Publication Date: 23/05/2020

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By: JO 12 May, 2019

ESPECTACULAR. HE HA EMOCIONADO HASTA LAS LAGRIMAS. ESTO ES PARTE DE NUESTRA HISTORIA. GRACIAS PROFESOR. NO PUEDO EXPRESARLE TODO EL AGRADECIMIENTO QUE SIENTO. USTED ES GARDEL.

By: Jony 12 May, 2019

yo no se si lo de la travesía desde Córdoba es una imagen literaria. Pero me ha emocionado tanto. es un maestro

By: Martín 12 May, 2019

Prrofe Prudenstein. Me ha emovionado de verdad. Es muy triste. Pero a la vez intrigante. Busqué a Morea en el libro de Segreti y lo nombra. También dice que murió en 1811. Eternamente gracias

By: Maribel 12 May, 2019

La tarea importantísima que usted realiza. Gracias. Yo he vuelto a interesarme por la historia y o leo todas las noches o madrugadas de domingo.

By: Juan de Capital 12 May, 2019

SE VINO A CABALLO CON EL AMIGO, FORMÓ PARTE DE LA PRIMERA JUNTA EN 1810 Y TERMINÓ ENTERRADO EN LOS CIMIENTOS DEL OBELISCO EN 1811. ES TERRIBLE NUESTRA HISTORIA!!!!!! GRACIAS AL AUTOR POR ALGO QUE NO CONOCIA

By: Carlos moran 12 May, 2019

Otro domi ngo ilustrado cerca de la semana de Mayo

By: Jony 12 May, 2019

Nunca supe qué había pasado con el cura de la primera junta. Gracias profe

By: Agustina Montero 12 May, 2019

Dios mío. He leído todos sus libros profesor Prudencstein. Pero quiero leer éste. ¿Cuándo sale el libro? Es fenomenal. Gracias a Ser Argentino por publicar algo tan importante!!!!!!!!

By: Sandra de Capital 12 May, 2019

Como dice la nota los restos del padre Alberti desaparecieron durante las primeras obras del obelisco. Pero Arenti dice que ya antes habia desaparecido. Creo que Sergio Prudencstein apunta a eso y al golpe de 1811 - excelente

By: JO 16 May, 2019

PORQUÉ NO SALE EL NOMBRE DEL PROFESOR FIRMANDO EL ARTÍCULO???????

By: Juan de Capital 24 May, 2019

no salen mas las crónicas? el profesor Prudencstein?

By: Sergio Prudencstein 24 May, 2019

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Hola Juan, gracias por leer las Crónicas Desconocidas. Es un gusto encontrarte en nuestro espacio, tanto a vos como a todos los amigos que nos eligen. El domingo 26 de mayo los invito a seguir aquí, en "Ser Argentino", para contarles cómo fue la compleja tarea de armar el Primer Gobierno Patrio. No sería sencillo, pero aquellos hombres lo lograron. Un saludo afectuoso para todos y, por supuesto, celebren el 25 recordando aquel 1810. Nuestra historia merece seguir siendo descubierta. Sergio Prudencstein

By: JO 24 May, 2019

En respuesta a Sergio Prudencstein

GRACIAS PROFESOR!!!! ESTAREMOS EL DOMINGO!!!!

By: Martín 24 May, 2019

En respuesta a Sergio Prudencstein

toda mi admiración profesor

By: Jony 24 May, 2019

En respuesta a Sergio Prudencstein

Esperamos el domingo con anciedad. Firmado: los chicos norteños

By: Alejandra 25 May, 2019

En respuesta a Sergio Prudencstein

gracias profesor, un honor leerlo

By: Juan de Capital 25 May, 2019

En respuesta a Sergio Prudencstein

Gracias PROFESOR PRUDENCSTEIN Muy considerado de su parte

By: MARIALE COMAS 13 May, 2020

ME ENCANTO EL TEXTO!!!! GRACIAS POR LA AYUDA PARA PODER REPRESENTAR A ALBERTI

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