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    Lieutenant Manuel Menchaca 1830-31 Archive. This lot contains eight letters written by Lt. Manuel Menchaca of the noted Menchaca family of San Antonio, regarding Indian troubles, troop movements, needed supplies, and funding for supplies and troop salaries. Each letter contains three to four pages of text, 8vo, Bexar, dated from October 24, 1830 through January 20, 1831, most addressed to Jesús de la Garza. Menchaca's letters reveal a continuing difficulty with insufficient funds to supply and pay the troops.

    From Menchaca's October 28, 1830 letter to Garza: "Friend, the Inspector should transcribe to you a memorandum of two days ago which I sent to the Chief requesting that you come here. If not possible due to there being no other officer to take command of your Picket, I will empower a subject you trust so that you can... Your accounts appear some $25,000 short and you neglected to deduct some $21,000 in expenses... I as well as Sr. Elosúa am interested in having a balanced account this year."

    Menchaca also provides information about troop movements. From his January 20, 1831 letter: "Many troops are on the march to Texas, the Laredo Company is here, that of Captain Barbarena, and that of Lampazos is on the march here." On February 2, 1831, he informed Garza that: "The Bahía Company... has orders to be ready to march on notice but we do not know to what post; and even though it is heard said that it will be [Tenoxtitlán], I don't think so."

    This outstanding collection of informative letters offer great insight into the day-to-day workings of a Mexican garrison of the period. Letters show light to moderate age toning; several bear significant water stains. Edges are rough and/or chipped; some weakened folds. Range in condition from poor to near fine. Prospective buyers are advised to view the lot carefully prior to bidding. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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