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October 26, 2007


188. MEXICO (Republic). LAWS (May 20, 1826). [Decree of Mexican Congress establishing circuit courts and making provisions for judges in borderland areas.] [at top] El Ciudadano Melchor Muzquiz, Coronel del Ejercito, y Gobernador del Estado libre de México. [text commences] Por el Ministerio de Justicia y negocios eclesiásticos se me ha dirigido con fecha 20 del actual el Decreto siguiente.... Por ahora, y mientras con datos seguros se hace la esacta división del territorio de la República en circuitos, se tendrán por tales los siguientes.... [at end] Dado en México á 27 de Mayo de 1826. [Mexico, 1826]. Folio (43 x 31.4 cm). Broadside on laid watermarked paper. Creased where formerly folded, minor wear at edges, contemporary ink note on verso, otherwise fine.

            This is the State of Mexico broadside issue of a decree dated May 20, 1826. Cf. Harper XII:28 (listing the D.F. broadside issue dated May 30). Among provisions affecting Borderlands areas are one setting up a circuit court for Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila and Texas. Other provisions affect the judiciary in New Mexico and Upper California. The establishment of courts in Mexican Texas probably attracted the first Anglo attorneys to Texas, such as Thomas Jefferson Chambers. ($200-400)

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

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