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    Francisco "Pancho" Villa Typed Letter Signed as Commander of the Northern Revolutionary Army. One page, in Spanish, 8.5" x 11", on "Northern Army Commander in Chief" letterhead, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, September 3, 1915. Revolutionary military leader Francisco "Pancho" Villa writes to Francisco Lagos Chazaro, the acting President of Mexico from June 10, 1915 to October 10, 1915, regarding the selection of delegates to a conference dedicated to permanently removing exiled president Venustiano Carranza de la Garza from power.

    At the Convention of Aguascalientes, rebel leaders voted to remove President Carranza from power. Carranza fled to Veracruz while his most loyal followers continued to fight against Pancho Villa as commander of the Northern Revolutionary Army, and Emiliano Zapata, commander of the Liberation Army of the South. After many hard months of battle, Carranza's troops entered Mexico City in August 1915 and took it by force. Another meeting of the convention was planned, at which time this letter was sent by Villa to Chazaro.

    Roughly translated, the signed carbon copy reads in full: "Dear Friend: I trust that you have confidence in me and all those within the North Division Army, whether of military or civilian character. On this basis, I feel obligated to provide more extensive explanations that cannot be sent by telegraph, but not at times like this when I am in the field. Please believe that we are working for the good of the country to avoid armed intervention and obtain, by contrast, the pacification, bringing down the dictatorship of Venustiano Carranza. In this vein, I request that you and our allies nominate three representatives with broad powers to the peace conferences as soon as possible, to ensure that the agreements to be reached are duly ratified by the convention.

    I want to add only that we are trying to reorganize a government that will be immediately recognized by the government of the United States and the Latin American republics, so that we may establish as soon as possible a constitutional government.

    If the delegates are physically unable to travel to the place of the conferences, it would be desirable to use telegraph to contact people there, in whom they have confidence. I am enclosing a copy of the letter I am writing today to General Zapata, in which I shed more light on the matter. There is no time to write more now. I send you a hug and the most cordial and affectionate greetings. Francisco Villa."

    Letter is lightly age toned, but is otherwise in remarkable condition, with a large, bold signature. An outstanding addition to any revolutionary Mexico collection; perfect for prominent display.


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