I don't sell myself, neither I surrender.
Augusto César Sandino.

To José María Moncada.

I don't know why you want to order me now. I remember that you always saw me bad when you were Commander-in-chief to my motions to give me troops in order to beat with the enemy, you never wanted; and when the Dr. Sacasa gave me fortyfive men and weapons, you got upset for it. It seems you were jealous of me. Undoubtedly you know my temperament and you know that I am unyielding. Now I want you to come to disarm me. I am in my position and I wait for you. Otherwise you won't make me give up. I don't sell myself,, neither I surrender: you have to conquer me. I believe to fulfill my duty and desire that in my protest for the future remains blood written.

(circa May 24th, 1927)1

1. José María Moncada comes to Jinotega with a North American marines force the 21th May, 1927, from where, "by telegraph -Sandino says-, you insisted (...) in inviting me to the giving up; the telegraphic messages were transmitted by Blanca (Arauz)."


Taken from "Pensamiento Político", Augusto César Sandino, Editorial Ayacucho. Español.

Most recent revision: June 15th, 2002