[Autograph Letter, Signed, from Hugh McCalmont to His Father, Reporting on Their Business Affairs in Mexico During the Early 1830s]. Hugh McCalmont.

[Autograph Letter, Signed, from Hugh McCalmont to His Father, Reporting on Their Business Affairs in Mexico During the Early 1830s]

Mexico City: Feb. 15, 1832. [4]pp., on a quarto bifolium. Previously folded. Short split at head of gutter fold. Light tanning. Very good. Item #1166

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 interior of Mexico as far as San Blas and Tepic, and states that he intends to be away for at least two months. Beales was certainly an intriguing character -- an Englishman who competed with Moses Austin for land grants in Texas, and secured the rights to millions of acres north of the Rio Grande in 1832, the year of this letter. Though he never succeeded in founding a colony for himself with his grants, from 1832 to 1836 he sold his rights to several of the individuals and land companies that did.

In the last section of the letter, McCalmont touches on the 1831 Baptist War in Jamaica, the terrible cholera outbreak in Europe, and the state of English politics. A detailed letter that that addresses a number of salient topics during this critical period of Mexican and Texas history.

Price: $850.00