[Mexico]: En la Imprenta Imperial, . pp., on a half-sheet bifolium. Removed from a sammelband. Minor wear at edges. Light dust soiling and faint foxing. Very good. Item #2756
Scarce printing of a speech by Manuel de la Barcena upon the arrival of news to Michoacan of the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba. Barcena opposed the early Insurgent movement in Mexico, but came to support the Plan of Iguala. He wrote several impassioned arguments for the liberty of Mexico, was a signer of the Mexican Declaration of Independence, and became a member of the interim government between independence and the First Empire. This short but emphatic speech, delivered in the cathedral in Michoacan where Barcena was a priest on September 6, 1821, celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba and the independence of Mexico granted by the agreement. Barcena tells his listeners that they have at last crossed the Red Sea and arrived in Israel, and invokes religion, unity, and independence as the "tres inmobles columnas, que el artifice puso, para sobre ellas levantar con solidez, y sostenar eternamente el edificio nacional." We locate only four copies in North America, at Yale, Indiana, NYPL, and the National Library of Mexico.