Mexico City: 1836. Printed broadside, approximately 11.5 x 7.5 inches. A bit of worming and dampstaining, plus two small chips, at top edge, slightly affecting text. Light tanning. About very good. Item #1588
A rare broadside that promulgates a decree from the Mexican federal government to the state of Puebla, ordering that foreign goods be allowed into the port of Matamoros in order to supply the army in the war against Texas. It further states that only foreign provisions imported for the support of the expeditionary force, as well as mules and wagons to convey them, will be exempted from tariff and seizure within the country. The text reads, in part:
"1.o Durante la guerra con los sublevados de Tejas, se permitirá la introducción de víveres del extrangero por el puerto de Matamoros. 2.o Los derechos que se causen en dicha introduccion, se pagarán en el acto en víveres recibiéndose estos al precio de aforo, y destinándose exclusivamente à la subsistencia del Ejército espedicionario sobre Tejas. 3.o Los que de lo interior se conduzcan al mismo Ejército, serán libres de todo derecho, y no podrán embargarse las mulas ó carruagas en que se trasporten."
The decree was first issued July 16, 1836, in Mexico City; the present bando was issued in Puebla on July 28. Perhaps in response to this order, the Texans blockaded Matamoros, which occupies a strategic position at the mouth of the Rio Grande across from Brownsville, from July 21 through the end of October. Streeter owned a copy, now at Yale, of the original decree; we locate two additional copies of that broadside, at Texas A&M and Penn, but none of the present or any other bando printing.
Streeter Texas 880 (ref).