DescriptionMariano Arista Broadside Decree: "El General en Gefe del Cuerpo de Ejercito del Norte a los Habitantes de los Departamentos de Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, y Coahuila", one sheet double folio (12.5" x 17"), Victoria de Tamaulipas, October 13, 1840. Printed on laid paper with an elaborate watermark, and an ornate device directly beneath heading. Streeter 955 (locating no extant copy, and making his entry from a Photostat of a copy in the Matamoros Archives, now missing): "Arista tells of his success over the past twenty months in bringing peace to these northeastern states of Mexico and says that the country had been spared from invasion since the engagement at Morelos on March 25. He continues with an account of the ravages suffered from the new forces Canales had assembled in Texas. These included 350 adventurers from the 'scum of Texas' of whom 150 foreigners and 100 Mexicans were under the Mexican Molano, who is characterized here by Arista as a renegade. It was Molano who a little later was to betray the Texan Samuel W. Jordan and his followers at the battle of Saltillo."
Vehemently anti-Anglo in tone, stating in part: "The immorality of these border jumpers has no equal: they insult with their rifles in hand our compatriots saying that the want to empty it in a Mexican Comanche Indian, as they call us. They have violated various women before their husbands. They kill whoever is in front of them and when their body falls to the ground, they look at their pistol and say, 'Good gun, never misses.'" Signed Mariano Arista at closing in type. Age toning, with slight off-printing. Minor separations at fold, with tiny bit of paper loss at centerfold affecting a single word ("caer"). Of note, the copy at Matamoros Archives, now missing, has part of a line missing at the centerfold; which this copy does not.
Reference: Streeter 955
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