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    Juan Salas - Four Mexican War Letters. Four letters by Juan Salas, totaling 7pp., 4to., Monclova, written during the months of July through October of 1847, addressed to Jesus de la Garza describing the losses of the Mexican army. In small part: "[July 14, 1847]...[news from San Luis de Potosi] that there was celebrating by the Mexican army for their victory in Puebla, but there we do not know who to believe because the same day D. Jose Gutierres arrived after travelling twelve days from San Luis saying that the latest news was the Gen. Scott had had demanded surrender within four days or he would commence the bombardment of the city [Mexico City]..." In a letter dated August 17, 1846 listing prices and provisions, Salas relays the latest news from the war: "... On the Americans, so far nothing good... the Governor came with the goal of forming a congress to open sessions on the 1st but could not get a quorum and so went home... Lobo received a communiqué from the American Gen. Wool threatening to destroy the town if Gov. Aguirre's orders are obeyed..." On October 8, 1847, he writes: "... News from Mexico City is so bad that I dare not repeat them as it is too sensitive. Today has arrived a confirmation of what has occurred of the complete loss of Mexico: the enemy occupies the palaces and after such a slaughter as they did and continue to do, they now are in a political position to commit whatever barbarity is possible, like robbing, sacking, and committing atrocities in the churches filling them with their armaments and stables..." His last letter relates news of captives and lays the blame for what has occurred on Santa Anna: "[Oct. 20, 1847]... Of the loss of Mexico there is no other judgment to form but to put it on the Cripple, well he watched from Guadalajara and he did not get involved in anything, with 7 thousand men that he had and surrendered. There was no other news except for loss after loss, and we will keep losing..." Great content offering insight in to the commerce that continued even during the war, and offering a civilians perspective. Overall condition is very good to near fine. Letters should be examined for content. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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