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    Antonio López de Santa Anna Letter Signed. Two and a half pages, 5.25" x 8.25"; Havana; December 28, 1867. A letter to Eduardo Gottlieb, his translator and agent: "Since the reports I had on Mr. Angel Loño were bad, I withdrew the power of attorney granted him and named another person with better references. When this person calls on you with my letter, I shall appreciate it if you will inform him about everything concerning my businesses and interests. I should like to know what happened to my luggage, wrought silver, etc. that remained at Naphegy's house? ... I have no business pending with Messrs. Paul Green & Co., not having received a single dollar from them..."

    Gottlieb, the recipient of this letter, had been acting as Santa Anna's translator as of April of 1867; but also helped manage his affairs. As evidenced by this letter, there was always chaos, resulting from the various schemes Santa Anna would pursue in hopes of regaining power in Mexico. "Naphegy" is referenced in correspondence sent on March 9, 1967 from the Mexican legation in Washington, stating that he was being sued by a German doctor for fraud. They also reported that Santa Anna had placed himself under Naphegy's protection, but was also suing him. Note, that in the letter offered here, Santa Anna is inquiring about belongings left at Naphegy's house.

    Santa Anna had been exiled from Mexico for the fifth and final time in 1854. He was swindled out of most of his fortunes by people who claimed to be able to help him gain entrance to Mexico, some even claiming to have influence with the U.S. State Department. He remained in exile until 1874, when he was allowed to return as part of a general clemency. He died impoverished and ignored two years later, but would receive a burial with full military honors

    Condition: Flattened folds, with light stains, and soiling on verso of integral page.

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