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We Don’t Want Any Trouble


UNITED STATES. ARMY. TAYLOR, Zachary. Proclamacion [text begins] “El Gral. en Gefe de las fuerzas Americanas a los habitantes de Tamaulipas Nuevo Leon y Coahuila.” [Colophon] Onslow & Gee, Printers. [Monterrey, 1847]. Dated in type, March 22, 1847. Broadside: 25.1 x 20 cm. Ornamental border and W. Clark, Northampton paper maker’s embossed stamp at upper left. Fine. Very rare. No copies on OCLC but a copy at The New-York Historical Society.

First edition. Streeter Sale 273.

“Taylor’s army having been victorious at Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterrey, and finally at Buena Vista on 22 February 1847, his army was now inactive at Monterrey. Taylor says that he had entered these Mexican states not to wage war on their peaceable citizens but to seek an honorable peace. Though authorized to exact tribute to maintain his army, he chooses to pay for his supplies, but he does demand indemnity for the destruction of a baggage train and the murder of its drivers” (Streeter Sale). He warns citizens not to support “los partidos que infestan el pais, con el objeto solo de matar y robar.”

Probably the only known broadside printed by the American army in Mexico with the printers identified. The text reflects some typical American misspellings, such as Quartel for Cuartel.


Sold. Hammer: $1,500.00; Price Realized: $1,837.50.

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