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    José Maria Bermudez Printed Resolution. Two pages with integral blank, 8.25" x 11.5", in Spanish, Monterrey [Mexico], January 7, 1836. Bermudez, principal commander of the Department of Nuevo Leon, concerned that ranchers and farmers are apparently giving safe passage and work to deserting Mexican soldiers, releases this resolution which begins, in part: "Not hidden from this command is the conduct of some residents, who, far from arresting, denouncing, and turning in deserters as the law requires, hide and accommodate them on their ranches and fields, giving them sums of money for their work, at the same time depriving the country of these arms which can save it, and corrupt free men who, them familiarized with crime, remain in said destinies, inviting and provoking with their innocuous procedure, the those who faithfully follow their flags."

    After citing Articles 3, 4, and 5, Treaty 6, Title XII and Article 116, Treaty 8, Title X of General Army Ordnance, he vows to enforce them, saying: "Fulfilling my sacred duty to obey, I publish this supreme resolution, by order of the Commander General of these states, D. Martin Perfecto de Cos, I declare that I will carry it to its pure and due end, until in the Territory under my command there will not be left a single deserter nor one who harbors a deserter; I swear to one and the other to persecute them at all costs and treat them as bad citizens and the origin of the misfortunes of the country, for lack of soldiers and because the deserters turn into criminals and thieves on the highways, due to the neglect of the authorities, and for the good of those who want servants at low cost and, due to timidity, are kept by their bosses to suffer little work and low wages, hoping to thrive with the inequities they commit and which they tolerate by their protectors."

    Smoothed folds with scattered foxing and light, uneven toning. Small holes from previous binding along the left edge.

    Reference: Streeter 899: "Here Bermudez fulminates against what was apparently a quite general procedure of harboring deserters from the army by employing them on ranches. He quotes at length from an order of the President of the preceding Sept. 25 on this subject and gives notice that he will vigorously enforce it."

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