Filadelfia: Imprenta de Guillermo Stavely, 1830. 59pp. Stitched as issued. Some light soiling and foxing. Very good. Item #621
On the 16th of May 1826, Don Pablo Obregón, envoy to the United States on behalf of the Republic of Mexico, signed a contract with Samuel Chew for the construction and outfitting of a war ship tentatively named the Tepeyac at the Kensington shipyard in Philadelphia. The initial agreement called for a payment of 2,500 pesos for the build, with provision for additional costs and unexpected overruns. Nothing went right thereafter, as is chronicled here via copies in Spanish and English of original correspondence. As of publication of the present work, a happy settlement had not been achieved, and Chew threatened the Mexican government with taking the matter public in Europe by printing translations into all of the principal languages of the pertinent correspondence, which he was sure would blacken the Mexican reputation and bring a halt to foreign loans and investment.
Scarce and interesting. Not in American Imprints. We locate only four copies in OCLC, at New-York Historical, AAS, the Library Company, and University of Texas.