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“The elements to whose baneful sway the
calamities of the war are due”

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[TRUCE NEGOTIATIONS]. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Polk). Message from the President of the United States, Communicating a Report from the Secretary of State...for Information in Relation to the Negotiations between the American and Mexican Commissioners during the Suspension of Hostilities after the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco. February 2, 1848. [Washington, 1848]. [1] 2-22 pp. 8vo (22.5 x 14.3 cm), disbound. Moderate foxing.

First edition (30th Congress, 1st Session. Senate Document 20).

Correspondence to and from Polk, Buchanan, Trist, Herrera, Pacheco, et al. This is the U.S. printing of the competing 1847 armistice proposals containing the proposals and negotiations of the representatives of Mexico and the U.S. The armistice included provisions for establishing the western boundary of Texas at the Nueces River instead of the Rio Grande and ceding San Diego harbor to Mexico. Santa Anna summarily rejected Trist's proposals. Scott also rejected the armistice agreement, being correctly convinced that the Mexicans were not acting in good faith and simply buying time to strengthen their military positions at Mexico City. Hostilities resumed, resulting in much greater losses for Mexico than the terms proposed here. Polk states here that he disapproved of the negotiations.


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