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McCalmont, Hugh
Autograph Letter, Signed, from Hugh McCalmont to His Father, Reporting on Their Business Affairs in Mexico During the Early 1830s]
Mexico City, 1832. [4]pp., on a quarto bifolium. Previously folded. Short split at head of gutter fold. Light tanning. A fascinating autograph letter that discusses business prospects in Mexico during the Revolt of 1832, which ultimately led to downfall of Bustamante and the First Mexican Republic, and the first election of Santa Anna as President. Hugh McCalmont, Jr., a wealthy British-Irish merchant banker, writes to his father on July 15, 1832, to inform him of developments in Mexico and their effect on their affairs. He writes, in part: "The Revolution has not been terminated as I then supposed it would be -- in fact since I have been here it has scarcely assumed a different aspect. Santana [sic] is still at the head of affairs in V.Cruz -- A considerable number of troops are at Puente threatening an attack but nothing has yet been done. In business I am sorry I cannot note any change since my last, considering the times, however, really we should not complain. for we have a good deal of money, but the ex[change?] is very bad." McCalmont also relates an interesting anecdote about a proposed trip through Mexico: "Dr. Beales (who married Mrs. Exter) having some business in the North -- about some Grant, I believe, was looking for a companion, & Mr. Graves proposed the opportunity to me as a very good one of visiting the interior & recommended me strongly to avail of it, as such another might not occur. The Dr. is a very decent fellow indeed -- understands well the manners of travelling -- customs of the country." He goes on to describe their proposed route through the int … [Click Below for Full Description]
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