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    Holograph Letter Calling For Reinforcements To Fight The Texans, Signed By José Maria Tornel. Mexico: May 21, 1836. [2] p. of handsome manuscript text in Spanish. Folio, with imprint heading: SECRETARIA DE GUERRA Y MARINA. Interesting letter from José Maria Tornel, Secretary of War and Marine, 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.

    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.

    Substantial letters from the Mexican side relating to the Texas Revolution are rare, this one being fresh and clean, with particularly attractive holography. Housed in a dark brown half-calf folder with marbled boards and gilt letting on the spine. In very fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.


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    December, 2007
    1st-3rd Saturday-Monday
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