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Gorostiza Pamphlet. Message from the President of the United States. Document 190, 25th Congress, 2nd Session.

GOROSTIZA, Manuel Eduardo de].

Published by [Washington]: House of Representatives, February 28th, 1838., 1838
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8vo., (9 x 5 4/8 inches). Text in Spanish and in English. Engraved full-page map of the Republic of Texas. Modern red cloth. "EARLIEST [MAP] OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS" (Howes) First edition in English, first published in Spanish in Philadelphia in 1836 with this map, and in Mexico and Paris in 1837. The map is a decidedly simple, sparse rendering focusing on the eastern boundary of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico only as far west as the Neches River. This bilingual edition contains correspondence relative to General Gaines military occupation of northeast Texas from the Sabine to Nacogdoches for the announced purpose of checking Indian depredations. It appears, however, that Gaines acted more at the request of Stephen F. Austin than U.S. Authorities as he remained at Nacodoches while the new Texas government became organized. This affair led to the breaking of diplomatic relations by Mexico with the U.S. Government. Before the Mexican envoy Gorostiza left the United States, be published a pamphlet in which he set forth his case and to which he appended certain documents relating to the affair. This pamphlet had the effect of further irritating the State Department and the situation became even more strained when later the Mexican government definitely approved this document and the actions of its Minister (Studies in history, economics, and public law, Volume 66. Columbia University. Faculty of Political Science, page 155). Born in Vera Cruz, Mexico and educated in Madrid, Spain, Manuel Eduardo de Gorostiza (1789-1851) was a dramatist and official in the Mexican government. Gorostiza entered the Spanish guard as a cadet in 1803 and left the service in 1814 at the rank of lieutenant colonel to devote his time to literary work. In 1823, he was banished to England, but returned to Mexico in 1833 where he was elected Deputy to the National Congress that same year. He went on to serve as Secretary of the Treasury in 1838, Secretary of Foreign Relations in 1839, and Envoy Extraordinary to the United States in 1844. During the Mexican-American War, Gorostiza fought in the Battle of Churubusco (1847). After the war, he became interested in education and was named director of the Mexican National Theatre. His dramatic works include Tal para Cual (1820), Las Costumbres de Antafio (1820), Don Dieguito (1820) and Contigo Pan y Cebolla (1833). Howes G6 (citing only the Spanish and French editions); Streeter 1229C. Bookseller Inventory # 001974

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Title: Gorostiza Pamphlet. Message from the ...

Publisher: [Washington]: House of Representatives, February 28th, 1838.

Publication Date: 1838

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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