DescriptionLieutenant Manuel Menchaca 1830-31 Archive. A collection of six letters written by Lt. Manuel Menchaca of the noted Menchaca family of San Antonio, regarding the scarcity of funds suffered by himself and the troops. Each letter contains three to four pages of text, 8vo, Bexar, dated from July 8, 1830 through May 24, 1831, most addressed to Jesús de la Garza. Apparently relating to the Indian problems in the 1830s, Menchaca's letters document the influx of Mexican troops to the area, as well as troop movements elsewhere, and reveal a continuing difficulty with insufficient funds to supply and pay the troops.
From a letter dated July 8, 1830, Menchaca refers to General San Antonio de Béjar: "In command here is General Dinerito [literally, "little money"], and his arrival is not known until he gets here. We are the only ones so far behind. Since March when a trickle came in we haven't seen a quarter... hopes are that something can be done for this miserable company..." And from his September 30, 1830 letter: "Béjar is ugly, very ugly. There is almost nobody who sees a peso... The 3rd Active and the other Pickets at La Bahía and La Bavía have had their budgets approved completely. I do not know the reason for this inequality..."
In addition to his regular reports about a shortage of funds and discussions about various needed supplies and equipment, Menchaca's letters mention many important people and places, including Padilla, Zacatecas, Alvarez, Armijo, San Antonio de Béjar, Castañeda, Navarro, Pedro Rodriquez, John Durst, Ruiz, Elosúa, Arreola, Antonio Gonzales, Piquet, La Bahía, and much more. An interesting and extremely informative collection of letters. Condition ranges from good to very good with most letter showing moderate age toning and/or water stains, weakened folds, and chipped/rough edges. Prospective buyers are advised to view the lot carefully prior to bidding. From the Taking of Texas Collection.
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