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    Andres de la Garza. A Pair of 1845 Autograph Letters With Interesting Content on the Antecedents of the Mexican-American War. The letters, written by Andres de la Garza, an early Texas attorney, contain interesting tidbits of information that are important in light of recent annexation of Texas and the coming war with Mexico.

    The first letter, 3pp., 8.25" x 10.5", San Fernando, June 14, 1845, Spanish text, comments on legal matters and advises getting some unspecified matters before General Arista, commander of the Mexican Army of the North. The letter goes on to say that "Vincente Garza arrested 12 men who were coming from Bexar, they are trying them in Rio Grande, among them is Juan Martinez Tijerina. They had just arrived when they sent me the message that they didn't want to send for the body [of the victim]...We were going to send a trusted man, this business has really turned bad...Jose Maria Garcia is here, I will ask him tonight how it is up Laredo way, for our dead one, no telling how it will end for us." Certainly this letter would warrant additional research. The letter is quite legible and aside from the usual fold creases and toning is in fine condition.

    The second letter, 2pp., 8.25" x 10.5", San Fernando, June 17, 1845, Spanish text, relays that "Captain Menchaca was in Houston at the convention to send a Texas Commission and he learned that they have recruited between 600 and 1,000 Indians to attack that area. Caleja from New Orleans saw 5,000 men embark & saw them again in Brazoria, they are intending to cover the border". The "Capt. Menchaca" mentioned is almost certainly José Antonio Menchaca, a Tejano army officer in charge of patrolling an area between the San Antonio river and the Rio Grande. The letter is chipped along the right edge and bears the usual fold creases and toning, otherwise it is in near fine condition. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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