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A Forced Loan


[FINANCES]. SOTO, Juan. Juan Soto, gobernador constitucional del estado libre y soberano de Veracruz, á sus habitantes. [Xalapa, 1847]. Dated in type February 5, 1847. Broadside in two columns: 39 x 28 cm. Creased where formerly folded, lower margin slightly wrinkled and chipped, otherwise very good. Rare. No copies on OCLC.

First edition. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

Here Soto issues a decree to raise 40,000 pesos in the form of a forced loan from citizens for war expenses. Jurisdictions are given individual amounts (e.g., Xalapa, 7,000; Jalacingo, 3,500, etc.). Some are exempt for various reasons. Veracruz itself is exempt because citizens there are already contributing to the city’s defense. Officials collecting the sums are told they will be responsible for “un solo peso que se aplique á otra atencion” than the war. Scott invested Veracruz on March 9 when he landed his troops and artillery at Collado Beach.


______. Another copy. Broadside in two columns: 40 x 27.5 cm. Creased where formerly folded, upper left corner chipped, upper right quadrant wrinkled, small marginal tear at lower left.


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