Signed Letter to Edgar Conkling of Cincinnati, Dated February 26, 1861, Mexico City. Benito Juárez.
Signed Letter to Edgar Conkling of Cincinnati, Dated February 26, 1861, Mexico City
Signed Letter to Edgar Conkling of Cincinnati, Dated February 26, 1861, Mexico City

Signed Letter to Edgar Conkling of Cincinnati, Dated February 26, 1861, Mexico City

[Mexico City]: 1861. Manuscript. 10.50" x 8.25" Very Good. Single page letter by Mexican revolutionary and her first constitutionally elected President. Written on laid paper with horizontal fold lines. Loss of lower left corner of sheet not affecting any content. Lightly pencilled translation attempts by a prior owner above several words.

The Juarez government had recaptured Mexico City on January 1, 1861, and he was elected President in the month following this letter. His declaration of a 2-year suspension of interest payments on international debts related to the Mexican Revolution led to an invasion by the French in 1862. The Juarez government's initial defeat of this force at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 is commemorated annually as Cinco de Mayo. The content of this letter has not been fully translated, but discusses emigration into Mexico. The paper is embossed in upper left corner "Secretaria Particular del Presidente de la Republica" (Private Secretary of the President of the Republic). An early signature of Juarez acting in the role of President.

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Price: $1,250

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