Molina, Pedro, 1777-1854, Ciudadanos de las provincias unidas del Centro de America (July 10, 1823)
Your executive power has been put in place. The day has arrived when you would hear the voice of your fellow citizens, who you have empowered with the supreme power and who will fulfill your will, which was declared by the constituent national assembly. Until now, you had never been able to exert control over your destiny and, for many decades, you were not granted the right to cast a free vote regarding any of the rights that the Supreme Being had given you.
Your actions had been bound to the sad yoke of slavery. For many long years, you worked at the discretion of others and strictly for their benefit, thus exhausting your energies to ensure the survival of enemies living a thousand leagues away, who were opposed to your freedom. Now, you may raise your arms in freedom to decide the course of events in the nation and so that
agricultural workers will move forward in the harvesting of abundant fruits that nature has offered you, so that you may derive benefits from them by living in a dignified and restful manner. This is the arm of the executive power. If you want the executive power to carry out a free and steadfast action, that will fulfill your hopes, then you must assist in its duties. Fellow citizens, patriotism is essential. You must march together as one for the common good and you must not refuse to make sacrifices that will impinge on the noble objective of preserving the sovereignty of the state. The homeland lies in the dust where sad slavery left it sadly humiliated–without a government, without enlightenment, without agriculture, without art, without commerce. Yet the homeland possesses a fertile land, which no one could take from it; now it is its children’s job to shape it into a free and opulent nation, through their efforts. To achieve these objectives, you will be guided by your assembly and the executive power will make a zealous effort to carry out the goals of its beneficent actions. Walking in an orderly manner, with a firm resolve in our political march, we will have no doubt that we shall achieve the desired result.
the healthy morals you profess, will guarantee your happiness from now on. You are now proprietors and your interests will be respected based on your contributions to the survival of the State. You are now free and your persons will be respected as long as you respect the law. Within this country, you will no longer see conquistadors or usufructuaries, who come here to tear you away from the goods of your land. From this day forward, you and your children will enjoy the fruits of the bounty as long as you love the union and peace, as long as you remain good, law-abiding patriots. Honor and bounty shall be the rewards of hard work, merit, and virtue.
From now on, then, you must aspire to this objective, fellow citizens, by working together to preserve liberty and the independence of the homeland. National Palace of Guatemala, July 10, 1823. Third year of independence and first year of freedom.
= Pedro Molina, President. = Julio Vicente Villacorta. = Antonio Rivera Cavezas.