Santa Anna writes to the husband of his illegitimate daughterAntonio Lopez de Santa Anna Autograph Letter Signed "A. L. Sta. Anna" as president of Mexico. One page of a bifolium, 8" x 10.5", "Palacio nacional de Tacubaya," July 10, 1843, in Spanish on the Mexican president's printed letterhead. Santa Anna warmly addresses this letter to Pedro Pablo Cortez ("Querido Pedro"), the husband of one of his illegitimate children, Agustina Rosa Lopez de Santa Anna. Referring to himself as "your impassioned Father," the Mexican president assuages any fears that Cortez might have that he will move away from the capital and leave his family without protection ("you should do away with any fears; be confident that you will always be an object of my protection"). The letter is postmarked on the address panel. Remnants of the original red wax seal exist. Minor soiling with smoothed folds. Several small tape repairs. The letter reads in full:
"In response to your letter of the 24th of last month I say: I should not move from the Capital until the month of October next; and therefore you should do away with any fears; be confident that you will always be an object of my protection. I wish to know what motive Lieutenant Colonel Diaz Peon has given for his arrest, and conserving yourself well what you like of your impassioned Father who sends you greetings."
Santa Anna's marriage to Inés García produced four children, but he was well known for being unfaithful. Consequently, he admitted having fathered four illegitimate children - all mentioned in his final will. Recent scholars, however, have found three more illegitimate children: Pedro Lopez de Santa Anna, Angel, and Agustina Rosa Lopez de Santa Anna. Even though Santa Anna did not mention these three in his final will, he was known for being kind to them, and they were known for being loyal to him. In 1843, Agustina lived with her husband, Lt. Col. Pedro Pablo Cortez, the recipient of this letter and the obvious recipient of the affections of the president.
Reference: Will Fowler, Santa Anna of Mexico, (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2007), 92, 201).
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