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General Gaines Encamps on the Sabine to Protect the Texans


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534.     [TEXAS REVOLUTION]. MEXICO (Republic). LEGACIÓN. UNITED STATES. Correspondencia que ha mediado entre la legación extraordinaria de México y el departamento de estado de los Estado-Unidos, sobre el paso del Sabina por las tropas que mandaba el General Gaines. Mexico: Reimpreso por José M.F. de Lara, Calle de la palma número 4, 1837. [i-v] vi-xxix [1, blank], [1] 2-122 pp. 8vo (19.2 x 12 cm), disbound (remains of original wrappers on spine), original stitching. Title page dusty, otherwise fine. Laid in is invoice dated in 1956 from Quaritch @ U.S. $4.20.

     First Mexican edition, expanded, with all of the correspondence (originally published in Philadelphia in Spanish in 1836). Eberstadt, Texas 162:342. Howes C6. Palau 62737. Raines, p. 96. Sabin 16908. Streeter Sale 359. Streeter 1220A: “This pamphlet written and published by Manuel Gorostiza, special envoy of Mexico to the United States, with its 21-page introduction attacking the good faith of the United States in sending its troops across the Sabine as far as Nacogdoches, was bitterly resented at Washington. Fuel was added to the flames when early in 1837 it was republished in Mexico with a prefatory note saying the republication was done by order of the interim president of Mexico, and it was likewise learned that the Mexican minister at Paris had distributed large numbers of the Paris edition there (Smith, Annexation of Texas, p. 385). In due course this led to a break in diplomatic relations with Mexico, which were not resumed until 1839 after the then Mexican envoy, in the name of the president of Mexico, in effect formally disavowed the approbation of the Mexican government implied in its republication of the pamphlet in 1837. Early in 1836, Mexico, fearing military occupation of her territory in northeast Texas by the United States, sent Manuel E. de Gorostiza as her special envoy to Washington. Though John Forsyth, Secretary of State, assured Gorostiza that any occupation would be temporary and for protection against the Indians, the latter started a barrage of notes and in October, 1836, hearing that our troops had occupied Nacogdoches, asked for his passports.


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