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Treaties Are Treason


[TREATIES]. MEXICO. LAWS (April 20, 1847). Ministerio de Relaciones Interiores y Esteriores [Caption title]. [Mexico City: Vicente García Torres, 1847]. [2], [2, blank] pp. 12mo (21.5 x 15.5 cm), folded sheet. Very fine.

First edition. Eberstadt 395.

A strongly worded law preventing any jurisdiction from making any treaty with the United States or encumbering any Mexican territory. Those who do so are declared traitors. In a nod to the future, the law also makes provisions for alternate meetings of the Congress. “A curious document which demonstrates the Mexican fear that the government might obtain peace with the United States by giving up some part of the country in a secret agreement” (Eberstadt).

At this point, developments were not going well for Mexico. All of northern Mexico had been lost, and Santa-Anna had just lost the Battle of Cerro Gordo on the 19th.

According to Ker, p. 263, the official printer of the state appears to have been Torres.


Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $245.00.

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