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[Mexican-American War]
Impugnacion del Manifiesto Que el General en Gefe de las Fuerzas Militares Norte-Americanas, Dirigio a la Nacion Mexicana
Orizava [i.e., Orizaba]: Imp. de la Caja de Ahorros, Dirigida por Jose R. Matos, 1847. 16pp. Printed on lined paper. Modern calf, gilt ruled and lettered. Later ownership inscription on title page; 20th-century bookplate on front pastedown. An unusual and crudely printed pamphlet, published in May 1847, one month after the battle of Cerro Gordo as Mexican fortunes in the war with the United States were approaching their nadir. This short work first prints an address of General Winfield Scott, in command of American forces on the march to Mexico City, which appeals directly to the Mexican people to surrender peacefully, not to undertake guerilla resistance, nor to take up arms against one another. The second, lengthier portion of the pamphlet comprises a fiery response issued six days later in Huatusco by the editors of El Zempoalteca, the official periodical of the state of Veracruz, who denounce the violence and treachery of the Americans, and promise a fight to the death -- "La guerra antes la deshonra; la muerte ante que el oprobio." Printed hastily on lined paper, befitting the desperation of both the situation and the message, and an understandably scarce survival, with only three copies located, at Berkeley, Yale, and the National Library of Mexico.
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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