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    George S. Patton Autograph Letter Signed "George S. Patton, Jr" in pencil. One page, both sides, 5.5" x 9", May 21, 1916, written to his mother while in Mexico. In part, "I see by the papers that we are all being poisoned by the Mexicans, don't worry about it we are not and don't drink out of the river anyway. Things certainly are stupid here and I wish we would either get out or get in and I don't think we will get in under Wilson. The weather here is still cool enough for a coat at night...but the dust and wind are terrible. If you are reading you have to keep blowing the dust off the paper to see the print. Still it might be worse." In 1916, Patton rode with Pershing during the United States Punitive Expedition to Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. It was during that expedition that Patton first rose to national prominence by killing General Julio Cardenas, commander of Villa's personal bodyguard. The campaign was famous as it marked the first time that motor vehicles (Dodge touring car) were ever used in actual combat by the U. S. Army. When referring to his wife driving a "machine" Patton may be referring to one of those cars. In fine condition, with one horizontal mailing fold bisecting signature.

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