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    The Maximilian Affair - Five Letters by Estanislao Hoyos. Small archive of five letters, totaling 7 pp., 8.5" x 10.5", Monclova, all written during the months of January to July 1866 regarding the revolt against French rule via Maximilian and potential U.S. involvement. In very small part: "[Jan. 1, 1866]... what is known for sure is that the forces from la Laguna under G. Herrera defeated Treviño at the Real de San Juan and they executed three imperial officers and two individuals and that Orduña, leader of the ranchers died of a wound received during the action. That 300 French on the way from Durango were routed near the brakes by the same ranchers, leaving 17 French dead and taking 5 prisoners. That Escobado is on Matamoros, having left Naranjo in Villaldama with close to 500 men and G. Treviño at the Haciendas of Cadereita with some 300. That the empress Carlotta left for Europe the 20th of December, embarking from Veracruz. Yesterday news arrived that a force of recruits from the United States at the service of the republic had taken Bagdad or Boca del Rio, defeating the Imperial forces... That the President of the United States has sent Gen. Logan near Juarez as plenipotentiary from that nation... I had word from Chihuahua that the foreign minister of the United States is staunchly against the Empire. It seems the small loan of 30 million solicited by Carvajal and Romero in the United States is a fact... [Jan. 25, 1866]... Quiroga is in Monterey with some 400 men, 150 French are in Santa Catarina, 150 in Rinconanda... About Matamoros all we know is that Escobado & Canales have it under siege; that Canales & Mendoza don't obey anyone's orders and both call themselves Governor of Tamaulipas... [Feb. 3, 1866]... Mr. Diaz, Gen. Porfirio's brother who came from Brownsville says Carvajal arrived at Boca del Rio with 1500 recruits from the United States... [July 18, 1866]... state forces have left for Durango, and from Culiacan confirm the capture of a French ship that was carrying armaments to Mazatlan and fell to the liberals, the fall of Langberg in Sonora to pesqueira & that the revolution is developing in Sinaloa, that Gen. Padilla is bringing 15000 rifles from California and over a thousand recruits..." Much more good content. The struggle would continue ending with the execution of Maximilian in 1867. All letters written on fine paper, with some discoloration. Overall condition is very good with minor chipping at margins of three letters.

    During the years that spanned the Mexican Revolution that deposed Santa Anna, the War of Reform, and the subsequent Maximilian Affair, the U.S. government argued internally for making Mexico a protectorate. The American Civil War would prevent any involvement until its close in 1865, and these letters provide some insight into U.S. involvement in Mexican affairs. Although Mexican liberals looked favorably on U.S. involvement, conservatives hoped for aid from abroad. Estanislao Hoyos would serve as representative from Coahuila in Congress after the overthrow of French rule. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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