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    José Maria Tornel Autograph Letter Signed "Tornel." Three pages, 8.25" x 13", in Spanish, Mexico, May 21, 1836. Interesting letter from Secretary of War and Marine José Maria Tornel to the governor of Queretaro (state just north of Mexico City) relating to the war in Texas, written following the Battle of San Jacinto and the capture of General Santa Anna calling for reinforcements to fight the Texans.

    In hopes of freeing the captive Santa Anna and avenging national honor, Tornel devises a plan against the "ungrateful treacherous foreigners," calling upon the Governor of Queretaro to send an additional 128 troops to Mexico City in precisely 19 days "to vigorously continue the war on Texas, until leaving well placed the national honor, to assure all the interests of the Republic, and to obtain the liberty of the Distinguished one of the Country, His Excellency General President Don Antonio de Santa Anna". Unbeknownst to Tornel, seven days before issuing this letter, Santa Anna signed the Treaties of Velasco which promised recognition of Texas independence by the Mexican government.

    Housed in a quarter-bound marbled paper and brown leather case with integral brown cloth chemise. Light ink bleed-through with slight toning to the edges. Substantial letters from the Mexican side relating to the Texas Revolution are scarce, this one being fresh and clean, with particularly attractive holography.

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