Belgrano was a poor general but a great citizen, and though he lost battles, he won the respect of his enemies.
Belgrano started to his feet, his face glowing with animation.
A little later Belgrano became possessed of the somewhat extraordinary idea of crowning a member of the family of the Incas.
"That was absurd; that was nothing but a joke," said Belgrano.
"We must not only prepare, but much we must do also," said Belgrano.
These negotiations and others which succeeded them broke down and Belgrano returned to Buenos Aires.
He, through Godoy Cruz and Belgrano in person, constantly urged a declaration of independence.
But Marcelino and Belgrano looked at each other, and each read the thought of the other in his glance.
Two months after Belgrano's surrender, a bloodless revolution occurred.
"I am not surprised that Liniers should declare his intention of yielding at once," said Belgrano.