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    [Mexican War]. George Henry Thomas Autograph Letter Signed "Geo H Thomas." Three integral pages, 7.75" x 9.75", "Camp near Monterrey Mex", January 13, 1848, to John W. Thomas, his brother. Thomas covers several topics from regimental pride, the war, and financial matters. Upon graduation from West Point in 1840, Thomas was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery. His pride in his first unit is evident when he writes: "Lt. Thomas has arrived and has gratified me very much with an account of the operations of Genl Scott's army, particularly with the conduct of the 3rd Arty. I have every reason to rejoice that I originally entered the Service in the 3rd Arty, and I sincerely hope that the reputation it has gained during this war will never be tarnished...". He also offers an opinion on Mexican intentions in the present war: "One thing is certain we have no indication of peace yet except the submission of the inhabitants who submit to our rules and disciplines as if they have been accustomed to them all their lives. This almost confirms me in my opinion formed some time ago that it has never been the intention of the Mexicans to make peace but to resist us until we conquer the whole country and appropriate it to indemnify as for the expenses of the war...the only method of annexing themselves to the U.S." Thomas' relationship with his brother was obviously a close one as he entrusts to him $600 and writes: "The disposition of the money I leave entirely to you as you are much better acquainted unto those matters than I am myself and hope you will invest it exactly as you would for yourself." Curiously, Thomas' rank of "Bvt Capt" underneath his signature appears to be deliberately smeared. The paper is toned a bit and the letter bears the usual fold creases, otherwise it is bright, and in fine condition.

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