CUEVAS, Luis Gonzaga. Memoir of the Minister of Interior and Exterior Relations, Don Luis G. Cueavas: Read in the Chamber of Deputies, January 5, & in the Senate January 8, 1849. City of Mexico. A Literal Translation from the Spanish, for the Mexican Legation: By J.C. Gardiner. Washington: Printed at the Office of Globe, 1849. [1-3] 4-55 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22.5 x 14.5 cm), original green printed wrappers. Spine moderately chipped, interior with light scattered foxing. Georgetown University duplicate with their stamp on title page and small paper sticker on spine. Overall, very good. Rare. Only four copies on OCLC.
First U.S. edition. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 87 & 236.
A translation of his Memoria (Mexico, 1849). Relates to the administrative and military reorganization of Mexico after the war. He states, “The Republic stands in need of the most urgent redeeming measures that may tend to establish a system of order in the administration” (p. 6). He then reviews numerous areas that need reforms and proposes his own solutions. He points out that the political system in Mexico has long been confused to the country’s detriment. An important address after the end of the war, which Cuevas supported.
Cuevas (1800-1867) was an important, influential politician and public official who signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. His 1849 Memoria is described by Porrúa as “Un valioso documento en que se fijan las causas que provocaron la derrota de 47, y es un llamado a la concordia entre los mexicanos.”