Consulado de Mexico, en San Francisco de California [caption title]. Jose Marcos Mugarrieta.

Consulado de Mexico, en San Francisco de California [caption title]

San Francisco: 1859. [1]p., with integral blank. Minor edge wear, with a few short closed tears and tiny chips, mild toning. Very good. Item #2295

A rare Mexican diplomatic circular announcing the appointment of Jose Marcos Mugarrieta as the first Consul of Mexico to the United States in San Francisco in 1859. Mugarrieta signals his intention "to serve all Mexicans and put aside all disagreements arising out of civil war." He is referring here to the recently-concluded civil war in Mexico, which was won by President Benito Juarez, who subsequently authorized Mugarrieta's consulorship to the United States. Mugarrieta also details the background behind his appointment and notes that it was approved the previous day by the President of the United States. He follows this by encouraging his fellow Mexicans in a "call for brotherhood, putting aside all political differences" in order "to support our most dear Homeland." The circular concludes with the names of forty-three "Infrascritos Ciudadanos Mexicanos" ["undersigned Mexican Citizens"] of San Francisco who gathered to hear the news and witness the arrival of Mugarietta's appointment.

Jose Marcos Mugarrieta was a long-serving military officer in Mexico before his appointment as Consul, He served in Jamaica, Campeche, and Merida before fighting throughout the Mexican-American War, and then in Matamoros afterwards. He worked in several government posts under Arista, even traveling in exile to Europe with the deposed president. He then served as Mexican Consul to the Unites States in San Francisco from 1859 to 1863. Particularly interesting to modern gender studies scholars is the fact that Mugarrieta's daughter, born as Elvira Mugarrieta in San Francisco in 1869, later identified as male and changed his name to Jack Garland. Jack Mugarrieta Garland is considered an important Mexican-American transgender pioneer in California whose life is still studied today.

An unusual Spanish-language imprint from California, with only two copies in OCLC, at the Bancroft Library and AAS. Not in Greenwood's California Imprints.

Price: $1,750.00