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    General Adrian Woll Printed Document Signed in Spanish, 1.5 pages, 8.5" x 12.25", front and verso. Santa-Anna de Tamaulipas, June 9, 1853. Countersigned by Pedro Josè Peniche as secretary. Partially translated. In 1836, Adrian Woll was quartermaster general of Santa Anna's army in the invasion of Texas. After the Battle of the Alamo, Woll accompanied Gen. Joaquín Ramírez y Sesma who had orders to march with 725 men through Gonzales to San Felipe de Austin. Woll then became chief of staff to Gen. Vicente Filisola, second in command of the Mexican forces. Informed of Santa Anna's surrender, Filisola dispatched Woll to the Texan camp. On April 30th, Woll rode in under a truce flag and was detained. Gen. Thomas J. Rusk, commanding the Texan army, transferred Woll to Velasco, where he was given safe conduct to Goliad and released. During the summer of 1842, Woll received orders to invade Texas and capture San Antonio. Woll crossed the Rio Grande and entered San Antonio on September 11th. He was repulsed by Texan troops in the battle of Salado Creek and evacuated San Antonio on September 20th. When he returned home, the Mexican government hailed his Texas campaign as a success, promoted him to Major General, and awarded him its Cross of Honor. Woll later served under Santa Anna in the Mexican War. After Santa Anna returned to the presidency on April 20, 1853, he appointed Woll Governor and Commandant General of Tamaulipas. On May 25, 1853, President Santa Anna issued a decree to the people of Mexico relating to the crime of robbery which he sent to Woll. It appeared to relate to a recent occurrence. In this document, Woll imparts Santa Anna's edict to the people of Tamaulipas. In part "The law dated 8 April of the current year is declared valid - submits the crime of robbery to the military jurisdiction...The highway robbers that were apprehended red-handed and those that were not caught red-handed but caused death and heavy harm in the assault, will be judged very summarily... as penalty, it will be capital punishment to be dispensed and carried out in accordance with article 6... In no case recourse to mercy will be admitted for the highway robbers, whether caught red-handed or not..." Chipped at edges. Show-through on front from ink signatures on verso. Fine condition.

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