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    1835 Mercurio Del Puerto de Matamoros Newspaper Bill signed "Juan Southwell" in facsimile, 6.25" x 4.25". Partly printed, completed in manuscript. In full, "Recibé de D. R. M. Potter seis reales por la contribucion pr 15 dias al dicho periodico, que concluye con el dia ultimo de este mes." ["Received of Don R.M. Potter six reales for the payment for 15 days of the said periodical that concludes with the last day of this month."] Dockets on verso in unidentified hand. On June 6, 1834, George Fisher issued the first number of his periodical called Mercurio Del Puerto de Matamoros. It was printed by Juan Southwell on his Mercurio Press. While Southwell did not personally sign this bill, it seems that he added the paraph in ink. The paper was too liberal for Mexican officials and caused Fisher's dismissal from Mexico. In October 1835, Fisher was in New Orleans raising men and money for an expedition during which José Antonio Mexía would attack Tampico in an effort to stir up an insurrection in the eastern states of Mexico. It failed. From 1827 to 1833, Reuben M. Potter was an agent of a commercial house in Matamoros. In October 1836 ,he wrote the "Hymn of the Alamo" which received attention in several Texas publications. Many of his articles dealing with the history of Texas were published in Eastern papers and periodicals. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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