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    Jacob Z. Hoffer Autograph Letter Signed about the End of the Mexican War. Three pages, 9" x 9.75", San Angelo, April 1848. This letter written to Hoffer's "Dear Parents" communicates several important matters dealing with the end of the Mexican War. Hoffer appears to be on his way to Veracruz ("We recived ordors this morning to march towards Vera Cruze"), where Mexican forces had surrendered to U.S. forces earlier in March of 1847.

    Hoffer writes about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the War: "The treaty arrived her some days ago ratified by our [U.S.] congress but some thinks it is doubtful wether the Mexican congress will except of it or not. . . we will be called home if James Polk keeps his promice." American diplomat Nicholas Trist had negotiated and signed this treaty on behalf of the U.S. on February 2, 1848. The U.S. Senate amended the treaty and ratified it on March 10, 1848. It was then sent to the Mexican government, which ratified it on May 19, 1848, thus putting to rest the doubts of those of which Hoffer was writing.

    Soon after President Polk had sent Trist to negotiate with the Mexican government, Polk ordered him to return, but Trist refused. After negotiating the Treaty, Trist returned to the U.S. and was fired for insubordination. Hoffer disapproved of this treatment of Trist writing, "I also heard today that Mr. Trist is called home as a prisnor, a nice way after ratifying his treaty." Near the end of the letter, Hoffer writes that he is anxious to get home, but still doubtful that it will happen soon: "The folks in the City thinks that we are going home, but I don't think that way until I get on the old gulf again. Tell mother to hold her teers and troble a little longer." Very interesting content; several stains, but readable. Very good condition. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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