Mexico City: August 17 1887.
3-1/2 pp. on a single folded leaf of blank stationery. In English translation by the erstwhile US Ambassador to Mexico (1873-1880), and future Secretary of State under Benjamin Harrison, JOHN W. FOSTER (1836-1917), grandfather of John Foster Dulles. 4to. The Fall of the Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico: the True Story? A few small chips at edges with loss of a few letters, minor soiling. In red and brown morocco-backed clam shell box Item #246876
A letter from one J. Montismo, amateur historian (?), who writes to the well-known Georgia collector, Julius L. Brown, concerning new findings relating to the death of the Emperor Maximilian I, after the siege of Querétaro. The traditional version is that Maximilian was betrayed to the Republicans by his own Colonel Miguel Lopez, then executed by the Republican General Escobedo. Montismo writes (via Foster’s translation) a lengthy rebuttal of that traditional story:
“… General Escobedo, as well as colonel Lopez himself have been obliged to reveal the secret that they had kept so long and so well; and which related to the capture of the city of Querétaro … Important authentic documents (a photographic copy of one of which I herewith send to you with my compliments [not present]) … have been brought to light, which reveal that Maximilian himself was the one who proposed arrangements to General Escobedo, to betray his companions who were fighting for his cause, and sacrificing them to their enemies, his commissioner and envoy for that purpose being the aforesaid Miguel Lopez …”.
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