In this article we seek to map circuits of administrative political articulation in the middle of the nineteenth century in Brazil, thinking of some state - building movements that involved the circulation of knowledge and of government practices. The text is divided into four parts. In the first, we observe the communication between presidents of provinces to understand how they were articulating ways of governing. The circulation of narratives about the public administration was conforming a vocabulary, a discursive field and shared knowledge about the different provinces. One of the greatest challenges to the governments of the period was the revolts, so in the second part of the text we deal with the relationship between two provinces, Pernambuco and Alagoas, during the Jacuípe War, to clarify part of this dimension. In the third part, we discussed another sphere that involved public administration, the debate about government performance in epidemics and food production crises. To close the text, we evaluate the political articulation woven in private correspondence, when the dimension of political struggle and material interests becomes more visible. We also try to emphasize, in all the topics, the diversity of political actors in the scene, participating in the disputes.
modes of governing; political articulation; provincial presidents; conservatives