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    Rare broadside printing of an inaugural address by the governor of Coahuila and Texas.

    [Broadside] Inaugural Address. [Monclova. April 15, 1835]. Imperial Octavo. Dated and signed in print at end by Agustin Viesca, and J. Mariano Irala, Secretario.

    Viesca's inaugural gives the impression of being a collection of platitudes, but as stated in the note to the proclamation of Governor Borrego (Streeter 818), the state was in turmoil at this time in the struggle between the Viesca's Federalists at Monclova, and the Centralists of Saltillo. Given the political turmoil at the time, Viesca probably decided that an inaugural which said nothing was safest.

    Though his inaugural was peaceful in tone, the controversy with the Centralists increased in bitterness, with Martin Perfecto de Cós (Comandante General of the Eastern Internal Provinces and brother-in-law of Santa Anna) acting as leader in denunouncing Viesca. This finally led to Viesca's retiring from Monclova on May 25. On June 5, 1835 he was captured by the Centralist forces and escaped four months later, making his way to Texas.

    A rare broadside printing of an inaugural address by the Governor of Coahuila and Texas during a turbulent period. Enclosed in a half-calf case with marbled boards and gilt lettering at spine. Small tear at right edge does not detract from this sharp, clean document. Fine to very fine. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 819, locating only four copies (Streeter's duplicate).


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