Item #3687 El Ciudadano Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga, General de Division y en Jefe del Ejercito Defensor de la Independencia, a Sus Conciudadanos... [caption title]. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mariano Paredes y. Arrillaga.

El Ciudadano Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga, General de Division y en Jefe del Ejercito Defensor de la Independencia, a Sus Conciudadanos... [caption title]

Guanajuato: 1848. Broadside, approximately 17 x 12 inches. Previously folded and bound into a volume; small section of lower left edge cut away to effect removal, not affecting text. Contemporary ownership inscription and later small bookplate on blank verso. Light, even tanning. About very good. Item #3687

A rare and forceful statement of resistance to the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo by a former Mexican president and high-ranking army officer. Manuel Arrillaga y Paredes was a conservative general who had assumed the presidency by coup shortly before the Mexican-American War, resigned in July 1846, and went briefly into exile. Here, three months after Mexico's formal surrender by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, he attempts to rally support for continued resistance to the punitive terms, asserting (in translation) that the treaty, "Makes a vain illusion of the independence that our forebears conquered with their blood. This situation is too humiliating and violent to be tolerated by the Mexicans who are accustomed to the pleasures of liberty and complete independence from foreign nations. Our nation will not accept this offense for very long." In a separate document, a group of army officers in Guanajuato led by Nicolás Flores endorsed this plan two days later; Paredes died less than a year after issuing this staement. The text otherwise scarcely appeared in print before 1900, and is even now rarely seen. This contemporary broadside printing is not in Palau nor is it located by OCLC.

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