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    [Mexican War]. Four Letters from a Doctor ("Grayson"). One is complete and three incomplete. All transmit fascinating content about the Mexican War. The complete letter (four pages possibly dated 1847) signed "Grayson" attempts to diagnose an illness he has contracted. He also writes of syphilis, which "in this climate . . . is an extremely mild disease and seems often to wear itself out entirely." The second, an incomplete letter (four pages on letterhead reading "4th Division Militar General En Gefe") dated May 12, 1846, concerns the U.S. victory at the Battle of Resaca de la Palma: "Towards evening Mexican columns began to appear in the distance rushing in confusion towards the river & flying horses without riders & blood stained saddles ran over the plain around our Fort. The Mexican Army was evidently in retreat." The letter continues with more information about battle, General Zachary Taylor, Mexican prisoners, Mexican General Mariano Arista, and the aftermath of the battle. The third incomplete letter (two pages of one leaf) signed by "Grayson," reports on General Robert Patterson's division and its possible march to Tampico. Grayson also writes of the Mexican culture and land. In the fourth incomplete letter (two pages of one leaf), the writer hopes that a judge from home ("old Judge Irwin") will help him secure a "lieut. Colonecy." He also belittles the volunteers and appointed generals: "The field officers (and all others) of the volunteers are generally of a miserable description, but there are a few graduates of West Point to be met with. The Brigadiers appointed by the President are generally political demagogues." These letters bear expected staining and soiling.

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    March, 2015
    14th Saturday
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