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    D. Manuel de la Peña y Peña. Comunicacion Circular que el Exmo. Sr. D. Manuel de la Peña y Peña, Estendió en el Año de 1845 Como Ministro de Relaciones, para Dirigirla a los Gobiernos y Asambleas Departamentales, Sobre la Cuestion de Paz ó Guerra Segun el Estado que Guardaban en Aquella Epoca. Queretaro: J. M. Lara, 1848. Presumed first edition. 8vo. 44pp. Text in Spanish. Recently half bound in red calf over green cloth, with gilt lettering and rules. Patterned endpapers. Minor wear to binding; a couple of black ink stains to leather on back board. Top front corner lightly bumped. Foxing to title page, occasional foxing throughout. Bookplates of "Librero Eusebio Gomez de la Puente, Editor" and Colección Monclau on front pastedown. Very good.

    José Manuel de la Peña y Peña (1789-1850), the president of Mexico who signed the Treaty of Guadalupe and Hidalgo which gave the United States undisputed control of Texas, issued this pamphlet arguing against the Mexican-American War which contained his statements from 1845 on pertinent subjects such as the ceding of Texas to the United States: "War with the U.S. in order to dislodge the occupation of Texas is an abyss without bottom which will devour an indefinite series of generations and treasure which the imagination is unable to calculate and in the end will submerge the republic with all its hopes for the future."

    References: Howes P194. Palau 217561.

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