A Securities Broker is Concerned about the Mexican Peace Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo Two Letters to a US Senator
Feb. 24 & March 1, 1848, Mexican-American War Period, Two Good Content Autograph Letters from a New York City Broker to US Senator Alpheus Felch, wondering about a possible Peace Treaty with Mexico, Very Fine.
George K. Sistase, a securities broker, writes two Letters to Sen. Alpheus Felch. The first is dated Feb. 24, 1848, in part:
1. “I am in the ‘fog’ about the recent peace news. I wish very much you would favor me with a few lines on the subject…. Much diversity of opinion exists here as to what the Treaty ‘is.’ What will be its effect if confirmed by the Senate? How is the money to be raised to pay the indemnity to Mexico?”
2. The second letter, dated March 1, 1848, urges Sen. Felch to divulge more information on the secret Senate session in which a treaty with Mexico was being debated: “My object is… to get information from a reliable source… A rumor was afloat here this afternoon that the Democratic members of the Senate in ‘Caucus’ had decided mainly to reject the ‘Treaty’.” Ultimately the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded most of the Southwest to the U.S., on favorable terms to U.S. business and landowners. Both letters measure 9.75” x 8”, with integral mailers and small edge tears from the wax seals. Excellent content!
Alpheus Felch (1804-1896), was a Democratic Senator from Michigan from 1846-52, and was appointed to a commission to adjust and settle Spanish and Mexican land claims under the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (1853-56).