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Things Are Desperate

“Toda La República Está Amenazada”


LAFRAGUA, José María. Ministerio de Relaciones Interiores y Esteriores. [Mexico City, 1846]. [3] [1, blank] pp. Folio (33.5 x 22.5 cm), folded sheet. Dated in type Mexico, November 27, 1846. Marginal chipping and a few small marginal splits, otherwise fine. Rare. No copies on OCLC. An important circular letter.

First edition. Harper 12:260. Howell 50:161. Streeter Sale 250.

“This is a circular letter by Lafragua, Minister of Foreign Relations, to the governors of the various Mexican states, announcing the recent fall of Tampico, the American advances towards Saltillo, the invasion of the Americans in Chihuahua, the exhausted state of the treasury, and generally the desperate state of Mexican affairs. Lafragua states that the new government that took charge in August found an empty treasury and a dispirited people, but in four months under Santa Anna it had accomplished wonders. Stating that the hour for sacrifices had come, an appeal is made for donations of money, livestock, or ammunition, and warning is given of Americans trying to spread discord and doubt among Mexicans. It is an interesting document on Mexican morale after the American victories in the first few months of the war” (Streeter). An amazing cri du coeur.

Lafragua (1813-1875) was a prominent Mexican political and literary figure. He was also an important book collector.


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