[Lorenzo de Zavala] Francisco de Paula Toro Letter Signed as military commander of the city of Izamal and Santa Anna's son-in-law. One page, two sided, in Spanish, 8" x 10", with printed seal of the "Comandancia General del Estado de Yucatan," Izamal, Yucatan, October 31, 1835. In the spring of 1834, Lorenzo de Zavala arrived in Paris to serve as the first minister plenipotentiary of the Mexican legation in Paris, at the request of his friend, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Shortly after his arrival, he learned that Santa Anna had assumed dictatorial powers in Mexico. In response, Zavala denounced his former ally and resigned from his diplomatic assignment. Disregarding Santa Anna's orders to return to Mexico City, Zavala traveled to New York and then to Texas with the intention of encouraging Texas to separate from Mexico. He strongly believed it would be impossible to keep Texas in Mexico's power with so many Americans flooding the region. Here, Francisco de Paula Toro, the son-in-law of Santa Anna, sends a letter to an unidentified correspondent, stating, in part, that Zavala had defied Santa Anna's orders, and had escaped Texas to reenter Mexico: "I just received a note from his Excellency the President of the Republic, expressing the news that Don Lorenzo de Zavala has escaped from the state of Texas." He goes on to issue an order that Zavala's whereabouts be investigated and reported back to him with urgency. Bold signature. Letter bears light age toning and is in fine condition.

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