Two Historical 1846 War with Mexico Content Letters
1846 Mexican-American War Period, Two Letters from Americans who Comment on the War with Mexico, Fine-Very Fine.
Two Letters Describing War with Mexico:
1. May 17, 1846, Columbus, OH, three-page letter by Luis Beardsley to a John B. Macy, measuring 10” x 7.75” with an integral mailing leaf, complaining about the war with Mexico: “What could have induced [Navy Secretary George] Bancroft to recommend cutting down our Naval establishment, while we had our Mexican troubles on land and the Oregon question unsettled?” The writer also mentions Gen. Zachary Taylor and hopes that greater military involvement will “chasten the Mexicans” and end the war. The blue-sheeted paper has one small hole where the wax seal was opened, otherwise very fine.
2. November 16, 1846, Mercer, PA, two-page letter is Signed “W.S. Rankin,” measures 9.75” x 7.75” and includes an integral mailing leaf, addressed to Mr. John Cook, of Washington County, PA. Rankin mentions Gen. Steven Kearney, the U.S. commander who captured California from the Mexicans: “We received a letter this morning from [William in] Santa Fe… he volunteered in an Artillery company & is under General Kearney - they were to leave for California a distance of 70 or 80 days march—and will not be home for 8 or 10 months yet.” The letter is in great condition with only a small hole from the wax seal. Superb content overall. (2 letters)