DescriptionDecree Substituting Perpetual Banishment of Texas Prisoners; Printed Circular signed "Tornel" in print. 2 pages, 8.25" x 12.25", México, April 14, 1836. Decree of the Congreso general, approved by José Justo Corro, President ad interim, on April 14, 1836, and promulgated the same day by José María Tornel, substituting perpetual banishment for the death penalty in the case of certain Texan prisoners of war, but not members of the government and leaders of the revolution, and fixing in some cases lesser penalties. Headed: "Secretaria de Guerra y Marina. Sección Central. - Mesa 1..." Light dampstain, several creases, irregular left margin, else bright with a dark imprint, very good condition. A tremendous rarity of significance. From the collection of Darrel Brown.
Reference: Streeter 876: "This decree was passed in the flush of the victory at the Alamo, applied to those rebellious Texans who surrendered within fifteen days or such greater or lesser time as Santa Anna might fix, and gave Santa Anna the right to fix the times and places of embarkation of those banished. Those not already subject to the death penalty might be punished by ten years imprisonment in interior regions of the Mexican republic, distant at least 70 leagues from the coast and the land frontiers." Eberstadt 162:490
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