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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

“Nuestro puertos están abiertos á los estrangeros”

186. MEXICO (Republic). COMISIÓN ESPECIAL. Dictamen de la comisión especial sobre ecsijir la responsabilidad a los empleados públicos que intervengan en la venta de tierras a los estrangeros. Mexico: Imprenta de la federación, en Palacio, 1825. [2], 16 pp. 8vo (19.4 x 13.5 cm), disbound. One small wormhole touching a few letters throughout, short tear at lower left blank margin of title (no losses), otherwise fine. Very rare, ephemeral Mexican report. No institutional holdings noted by RLIN or OCLC. None in British Library. The only copy we find referenced is No. 1747 in the Colección Lafragua of the Biblioteca Nacional in Mexico.

            First edition. Not in Palau. After reviewing an August 11, 1825, proposal by Covarrubias to call to account public employees who have intervened in the sale of lands to foreigners, González and Fernández, the two commissioners appointed to study the matter, suggest in a September 3, 1825, conclusion that the proposal be rejected. The two commissioners note that through its laws and good will Mexico has opened the country to every type of foreigner except Spaniards, who are called irreconcilable enemies. The two extensively review the history of foreigners in Mexico, going back to the settlement of the country in the fifteenth century and comment on the restrictive policies Spain had in place and on the difficulties foreigners faced in possessing and exporting wealth. In conclusion, however, the commissioners decide, no harm has been done by the present actions, but that foreigners should be welcomed with as little inconvenience as possible. Some discussion in that regard is given to the August 18, 1824, colonization law and the effects it has had on settlement in the country. Of course, these difficulties would probably have affected Texas empresarios, such as Martín De León, Green DeWitt, Haden Edwards, and Robert Leftwich. The August 18, 1824, law was the basis of all colonization contracts affecting Texas, except for Austin’s first contract, and transferred colonization responsibilities to the individual states. ($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $235.00

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