[TEXAS]. MEXICO. PRESIDENTE INTERINO (Paredes y Arrillaga). Ultimas comunicaciones entre el gobierno Mexicano y el enviado estraordinario y ministro plenipotenciario de los Estados-Unidos, sobre la cuestion de Tejas, y admision de dicho agente. Se imprime de órden del gobierno. Mexico City: Imprenta de Ignacio Cumplido, calle de los Rebeldes núm 2, 1846. [1-3] 4-22 [2, blank] pp. 8vo (27 x 17.5 cm), original goldenrod printed wrappers, stitched. Small split to lower section of spine, otherwise very fine.
First edition. Eberstadt 162:541. Kurutz & Mathes, pp. 25-26. Palau 212780. Streeter Sale 245: “The Slidell mission to Mexico, which attempted to solve the problems existing between Mexico and the United States is discussed in this pamphlet.” Tutorow 3281.
A basic document that contains the correspondence between the U.S. and its commissioner Slidell with the Mexican government, amongst them the Mexican foreign minister Castillo y Lanzas, over the annexation of Texas and the question of war between the two countries. This was the final effort in the negotiations to preserve peace, after which war became inevitable. “Inflammatory, public dismissal of Slidell with accusations against the United States” (Tutorow).
The “Texas question” is the focus of this discourse. The author acknowledges Texas separation from Mexico began when the Texans “tore up the pact that unified Mexico and...declared on the 3rd of March of 1836 an independent republic, nobly sustaining this declaration on the field of battle of San Jacinto, with the complete route and destruction of a large, well equipped army commanded by the president of the republic in person” (p. 19). An interesting and important review of United States’ relations concerning Texas from a Mexican perspective and the last negotiating gasp before the war.