Description[Lorenzo de Zavala] Autograph Letter Signed in Spanish and English, to the son of Zavala regarding the settlement of his father's estate. Four pages, 8" x 10", June 16, 1838, "Nuevo York", written and signed by James Treat ("Treat"), a business associate and close friend of Zavala, Sr., the first vice president of the Republic of Texas. Treat writes this expansive letter about the aftermath of the Mexican-French Pastry War, affairs in Texas, and the estate left by Zavala, Sr. In 1829, Zavala became an empresario in southeastern Texas; he eventually transferred his large interest to the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. After his death, legal turmoil surrounded some speculations made by the company. Treat gives Zavala, Jr., extended advice on how to handle the situation, including information on the role of Archibald Hotchkiss as agent of the company. Also, Treat writes about the powers of attorney that Zavala's son needed, even quoting a letter from statesman Thomas J. Rusk he had "received this day from Nacogdoches" (at the time, Rusk was preparing to represent Nacogdoches in the Second Texas Congress): "the power of attorney from Zavala [Jr.], which he says he will be able to obtain in a few days, when the suits will be brought for the premium lands." Treat hoped "it will come out right in the end & that we shall get our premium lands." Also included is news of Samuel Swartwout, a participant in Aaron Burr's Western Conspiracy.
Lorenzo de Zavala (1788-1836) had been an active and loyal Mexican statesman until he learned in 1834 that Santa Anna had assumed dictatorial powers. He then resigned his post and fled to Texas, where he became involved in the Texas revolution. Well-respected among Texians, he was appointed ad interim vice president under President David G. Burnet; he served as vice president from March through October 1836. Later that year, he died of pneumonia after his rowboat overturned in a cold bayou.
James Treat [?-1840] was a leader during the Texas revolution and an active participant in the early efforts to of annexation. He was appointed by President Mirabeau Lamar as a special agent in Mexico City in the fall of 1840. He died of consumption in November. His letter contains slight separation at the folds; mild dampstaining along right edge. Near very good.
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