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I Tried to Warn You

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[TEXAS]. PEÑA Y PEÑA, Manuel de. Comunicacion circular...estendió en el año de 1845, como Ministro de Relaciones, para dirigirla a los gobiernos y asambleas departamentales sobre la cuestion de paz ó guerra, segun el estado que guardaban en aquella epoca. Querétaro: Imprenta de J.M. Lara, calle del Chirimoyo n. 15, 1848. [4], [1] 2-44 pp. 8vo (23.5 x 14.5), original printed wrappers. Disbound, spine perished, upper wrapper stained. Title page lightly stained, otherwise interior is fine.

First edition. Connor & Faulk 374. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 89. Harper 12:405. Howes P194. Palau 217561. Tutorow 2956.

Dated in type December 11, 1845. An important circular letter that was sent to the departments to gauge their feelings about war or peace. At the time, the question of Texas was being heavily discussed and John Slidell was waiting at the door to negotiate. Not one to necessarily shrink from war, the author is the consummate realist. He proposes many reasons to avoid a war with the United States, but chief among them is that Mexico is in no condition to sustain a war with all its horrible consequences: “Y ¿cuántos y cuales serian los sacrificios que tendria que hacer la república mexicana, para emprender y sostener decentemente una guerra formal con la de los Estados-Unidos del Norte? Innumerables ciertamente, y todos ruinosísimos e insorpotables bajo los aspectos, con el estado deplorable en que nos hallamos” (p. 21). At bottom, he was one of the few voices who did not think Texas was worth the trouble.

The piece ends with two shorter 1845 reports from different ministers, neither of whom paint a flattering picture of Mexico’s fighting abilities.


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