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Pingenot Auction, Lot 214

214. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR: TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO]. DALLAS, [George M.]. Mr. Dallas’s Letter on the Mexican Treaty [to William White Chew of Germantown, Pennsylvania]; Re-Printed from the Public Ledger of June 15, 1849. Philadelphia: U.S. Book & Job Printing, 1849. 29 pp. 8vo, original pale blue printed wrappers, sewn. Moderate browning and staining affecting only top half of backstrip and extending very slightly onto the inner edge of the upper and lower wrapper, else very fine, crisp, and clean.
         First edition. Eberstadt, Mexican War: "It is valuable as a contemporaneous and comprehensive view of the motives and features of our Treaty with Mexico. Defends not only the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which was under fire as being disadvantageous to the United States, but defends the whole war. ‘I will here take occasion to assert that no armies ever over-ran in enemy’s country with so strict and uniform attention to the rules of civilized warfare, as did ours, in all their great campaigns under Taylor, Scott, Kearny, Wool, or Doniphan." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 69. Raines, p. 61. Not in Haferkorn or Tutorow. Dallas (1795-1864) was Vice President of the U.S. during the Mexican-American War. In this letter he discusses some of the inside negotiations that had been under veil of secrecy before. Most interesting perhaps are his comments on the border and the borderlands, pointing out the necessity of protecting Mexico from incursions by Comanche, Apache and Navajo tribes north of the Rio Grande. He also alludes to the possibility that: "Tamaulipas, New Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, [and] Lower California, may separately or together achieve independence."