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The Early Career of the First Vice-President of the Republic of Texas

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570.     [ZAVALA, LORENZO DE]. Prisión de Zavala y Complices por nueva conspiración [caption title]. Mexico: Imprenta en la calle corrada de Jesús núm. 1, 1830 [colophon]. [4] pp. Folio (30 x 21.3 cm). Lightly creased where formerly folded, slight water damage at upper blank margin, two small worm holes (one of which touches a few letters), otherwise very good. Very rare. No copies located on OCLC. Searches on LC, MELVYL, Yale, and UT yielded no copies.

     First edition. This is a virulent denunciation by an anonymous writer who, after first declaring that the people he attacks are driven only by greed and the ambition to rule rather than by some higher, purer motive, then denounces Lorenzo Zavala, Cresención Rejón, Manuel Rionda, Isidro Gondra, Manuel Palomino, José María Chavero, and numerous others, including the printer Nepomuceno Cabrera. The majority of his venom is expended on Zavala, who is attacked at greater length than any of the others, most of whom are painted as his associates or protégés and some of whom are attacked as Masons. The writer’s view of Zavala is summed up in his first sentence about him: “Este hombre ha sido criminal en todas epocas, su norte ha sido sa ecsaltacion, y la escala que ha elegido ha sido la de la prostitucion, la de la maldad.”

     Zavala (1788-1836) and the others depicted here were strong Federalists, and many of them served in the administration of President Vicente Ramón Guerrero. When Guerrero was overthrown by Centralist Anastasio Bustamante, Zavala was forced to leave the government, briefly placed under house arrest, and eventually forced into exile in June, 1830. This pamphlet is a rare glimpse into the early reputation and career of a man who would be extremely influential in the founding of the Republic of Texas. See Items 567-569 preceding herein.


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