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    [Coahuila y Tejas] Governor Joaquín García Manuscript Circular Signed regarding the Election of José María Letona. Two pages in Spanish, two sided, 6" x 8.5", Monterrey, Mexico, March 5, 1831. Issued by the "Govierno del Estado libre DE NUEVO LEON" and bearing the identifying ink stamp on the first page. This document bears the signature and rubric of Governor García, as well as the signature and rubric of Secretary Pedro del Valle. With this handwritten circular, Nuevo Leon Governor Joaquín García announces the election of José María Letona as governor of Coahuila y Tejas.

    In January 1831, José María Letona was named governor of Coahuila y Tejas by the legislature, on the basis of an election held on September 6, 1830; Letona assumed office on April 5, 1831. Letona regarded the Law of April 6, 1830 - designed to stop the flood of immigration from the United States to Texas - as unconstitutional, and sent José Francisco Madero to Texas to survey the grant land titles to settlers on the Trinity. He also supported the Cherokee Indian land claims. In this unusual announcement, García recommends that Letona collect up all the "lazy vagrants and idlers" and put them to work in the service of the country, being certain first to verify and document their place and date of birth. Circular is lightly age toned with bold signatures. Very fine condition.


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