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SECRETARIA DE GUERRA Y MARINA. SECCION CENTRAL. - MESA 1A. EL EXMO. SR. PRESIDENTE INTERINO DE LA REPUBLICA MEXICANA SE HA SERVIDO DIRIGIRME EL DECRETO QUE SIGUE [caption title and first line of text]
[Mexico City. April 14, 1836].. [2]pp. plus integral blank leaf. Dbd. Old folds and stab holes, minor foxing. Contemporary ink notations. Very good. A very nice example of the Decree of the Congreso General, which was approved by José Justo Corro, President ad interim, on April 14, 1836, and promulgated the same day by José María Tornel, substituting perpetual banishment for the death penalty in the case of certain Texan prisoners of war, but not members of the government and leaders of the revolution, and fixing in some cases lesser penalties. Dated and signed at end, in print: "México 14 de Abril de 1836. Tornel." This copy has contemporary ink notations at the head of the first page, and after the end of the text, signed by Jose Antonio Arraya, dated in 1836. It is unclear exactly who Arraya was, but there is a signed circular from Arraya in the Houston Endowment Texana Collection at the San Jacinto Museum of History in which Arraya acknowledges the succession of José Justo Corro to presidency of Mexico and expresses his desire to end the war in Texas. No other mention of Arraya can be found. "This decree was passed in the flush of the victory at the Alamo, applied to those rebellious Texans who surrendered within fifteen days or such greater or lesser time as Santa Anna might fix, and gave Santa Anna the right to fix the times and places of embarkation of those banished. Those not already subject to the death penalty might be punished by ten years imprisonment in interior regions of the Mexican republic, distant at least 70 leagues from the coast and the land frontiers" -Streeter. EBERSTADT TEXAS 162:839. STREETER TEXAS 876. STREETER SALE 347. PALAU 331173.
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