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    Representacion dirigida al Supremo Gobierno por el General Vicente Filisola, en Defensa de Su Honor y Aclaracion de Sus Operaciones como General en Gefe del Ejército sobre Tejas. México. Impreso por Ignacio Cumplido, calle de los Rebeldes, casa N. 2. 1836. 82 pp. 8vo. Printed paper wrappers. Original full Mexican tree sheep with gilt-rolled borders. In an order dated May 31, 1836, Tornel, the Secretary of War relieved Filisola of command. Tornel issued a second order on June 25, demanding Filisola return to Mexico to stand trial for his conduct. First translated into English by George L. Hammeken in his Evacuation of Texas, Filisola's Representacion. Printed just prior to Filisola's trial, the book contains a detailed account of the retreat, in which he argues his case forcefully and convincingly, easily knocking down the accusations made against him by his former subordinate, Urrea. It also includes fifteen additional letters and documents which support his position and his actions (page 43-82; dated between April 28 and June 10, 1836). We know that the comments made by Filisola in this defense struck home, as evidenced by Urrea's statement (on page 3 of his Diario ... Militares), in which he complains that Filisola's rebuttal "insults me, abuses me, satirizes me, and belittles me." As it turned out, by the time Filisola returned to Mexico City (early August, 1836), official and public sentiment had turned strongly in his favor, and he was exonerated from all wrongdoing. Enclosed in a dark green half-calf case with marbled boards, raised bands and gilt printing on spine. Minor age toning with occasional foxing, but overall in fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 853: Streeter (853) calls this : "The classic account of the retreat of the Mexicans through Texas after the battle of San Jacinto and a masterly defense by Filisola of his acts in ordering and conducting the retreat." Eberstadt, Texas 162:293: "Seldom found with the printed wrappers." Rader 1382. Sabin 24326. Graff 1321. Howes F127. Palau 91610. Raines, p. 82. Basic Texas Books 61. Vandale 66.


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