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Collection Reference Number GLC03587.04
From Archive Folder Collection of letters to John Cripps, General Gadsden's Secretary 
Title Confidential letter discussing the Mexican War
Date 9 October 1853
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Confidential endorsement has original author's name struck. Discusses the sin of writing letters on a Sunday and includes a funny anecdote. Writes about a possible lapse in the U.S.-Mexican treaty regarding the taxing of items left behind by American servicemen. Mentions the coinage Mexico has received from Americans living in that country and its prohibited circulation. Discusses rendering it valueless, then imposing a duty on coins carried out of the country. Discusses his knowledge of what conspires within the President's Palace and mentions the Mexicans' plan to trade with the United States. Knows for certain that Santa Anna refuses to trade with him or any American citizen, even if the terms and conditions suited all parties. Endorsement reports the order to export American gold and adds that "it now only remains to arrange the matter of the segars" in reply to author's request for the tobacco product.
Subjects Religion  Humor and Satire  Mexican War  Military History  Latin and South America  Treaty  Taxes or Taxation  Diplomacy  Finance  Coins and Currency  Government and Civics  Law  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  Tobacco and Smoking  
Place written Vera Cruz, Mexico
Theme The Mexican War; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859