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“A un sistema á seguido otro sistema”


SALAS, José Mariano de. El General en jefe del ejercito libertador republicano, en ejercicio del supremo poder ejecutivo, a la nacion. [Mexico City, 1846]. Dated in type August 6, 1846. Broadside: 43 x 28 cm. Creased where formerly folded, wrinkled, marginal chipping and tears at upper and lower margins. Overall very good. Rare. No copies on OCLC.

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

Salas’ first address to the nation as its new president, to which position he had just been elevated. He roundly criticizes previous governmental affairs: “A un sistema á seguido otro sistema, á una constitucion otra constitucion, á unas personas otras personas; pero ni los primeros se han levantado sobre bases sólidas, ni las segundas han tenido el sello de la legitimidad, ni las últimas han escapado al funesto contagio del espíritu del partido.” He promises an administration that will be different and in the public interest: “Franqueza, lealtad, probidad y decision obsoluta por los principios republicanos, son las bases de mi conducta.” He immediately invoked the 1824 Constitution, for example.

Salas held the presidency for only a few months until Santa-Anna was restored.


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