Ciudad Victoria: [Samuel Bangs], 1828. pp., on a bifolium. Previously bound, with stab holes at gutter margin. Moderate wear at edges, with a few losses and separation along fold, not affecting text. Light dust soiling and foxing. Good plus. Item #1904
A scarce proposal to address budgetary deficits through tax policy in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, put forth by its finance commission in 1828 and printed by Samuel Bangs, the first printer of Texas and three border states of Mexico. The majority of the first two pages stress the diligence and seriousness with which the commission has undertaken its task and its determination not to place undue burdens upon any citizens of the state. Indeed, they are at further pains to underline that they have heard testimony and advice from a wide variety of sources and considered numerous options. The ultimate conclusion of the panel is that the state would be best served by reassessing taxes already in existence, such as those on tithes and tobacco production, on an annual basis to pay for that year's budget: "Aquellas eran ya casi perpetuas, estas por un año ó por una sola vez, interin los Diezmos, la Fabrica de Tabaco y otros elementos de riqueza publica, se ponen en movimiento para que proporcionen el total de nuestros gastos." Moreover, they reject the notion that Tamaulipas needs to have the growth or wealth of other older, more populated Mexican states: "Quieren algunos que nuestro Estado, al que tenian tan abatido, y que es de los de menos antiguedad y poblacion, se halle en el mismo auge, que el de San Luis y otros. Esta es una notoria estupidez, ó una refinada malicia. Es preciso que la marcha por ahora sea lenta: bastante aprisa hemos andado hasta llegar al punto en que estamos." Signed in print by the deputy secretaries of the state government, and dated, "Ciudad Victoria, [E]nero 24 de 1828." Bangs was the official state printer of Tamaulipas in the capital of Ciudad Victoria during this period, before moving to Saltillo shortly thereafter. We locate only three copies in U.S. institutions, at Berkeley, the University of Texas, and UT Arlington. Rare.
Jenkins, Printer in Three Republics 223. Spell, Pioneer Printer 210.