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    [Ulysses S. Grant] Matías Romero Three Autograph Letters Signed. All the letters have four integral pages, 5.25" x 8.25", Mexico City, on monogrammed stationary, in English. All three letters are from Matías Romero to Ulysses Grant regarding negotiations with the Mexican government to enable Grant and other investors to build and operate a railroad in Mexico. The letters are dated May 31, 1881 (one written page); July 13, 1881 (three written pages); and, July 26, 1881 (three written pages). The letter of May 31 has tears on pages three and four where it was once mounted, but they do not affect the text. All have toning and folds, else near fine.

    In April 1881, Ulysses Grant, his wife, and son toured Mexico with Romero, the former Mexican minister in Washington. Grant had recently been named president of Jay Gould's Compañía Ferrocarril Meridional Mexicana (Mexican Southern Railway Company) with Romero as the railroad's superintendent. Matías Romero not only served as Minister of Mexico in the United States, he also served as Mexican Minister of Treasury, colonel in the Mexican Army, substitute senator for Chiapas, deputy to Congress, and administrator general of the Mexican postal system. In the letter of July 13, Romero writes of a private meeting with Mexican President Manuel González regarding the proposed railroad. In the same letter, Romero says, "We have received very satisfactory news about the health of President Garfield." Garfield was shot eleven days earlier.

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