Mexico City: 1838. p., on a quarto bifolium. Previously folded. Contemporary ink rubrics. A couple of faint fox marks. Near fine. Item #1587
An unrecorded printing of this decree of the Mexican Congreso General, approved by Anastasio Bustamante on January 27, 1838, and dated February 1, which authorizes the Banco Nacional de México to obtain a loan of six million pesos, to be used for an expedition to sustain a war with the newly independent Texas. Mexico, of course, never accepted the independence or legitimacy of the Republic of Texas, and had recurring plans to reconquer it. The broadside further states the need for funds to defend themselves against foreign invaders and declares that part of the funds were to be used to defend the territory, coastlines and borderlines, since at this time Mexico was also resisting the First French Intervention (excellently known as the Pastry War). The first portion of the text reads thus:
"Por la ley de 27 del último enero ha sido autorizado esta junta para contratar un préstamo de seis milliones de pesos que deberá poner á disposicion del supremo gobierno para sostener la guerra de Tejas, la integridad territorial y la defense de las costas y fronteras de la rebública. Al alcance de sus habitantes está la necesidad de tales medidas, especialmente despues de las fuertes reclamaciones de alguna potencia estangera, de que se halla instruido el público."
This bando was printed for distribution by the National Bank, and also seems to comprise their acknowledgement of the law and their duty to carry it out. At the top left is the seal of "Banco Nacional. Seccion 4.a" with a woodcut of an eagle, and the decree is signed in print and annotated with the manuscript rubrics of the bank's president, Pedro José Echeverría, and secretary, Basilio José Arrillaga. Streeter knew of the official government printing of this law, but could not locate a copy of it or any bando printing.
Streeter Texas 939 (ref).