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Heading: (Mexican-American War - Postal Service)
Author: United States Army General Orders
Title: Four U. S. Orders Concerning Mail Delivery between Mexico City and Veracruz
Place Published: Mexico
Date Published: 1847-1848

Four orders concerning delivery of mail and communications between Mexico City and Veracruz. All are 12mo. First Editions.

Rare postal history.


  • Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, October 22, 1847. General Orders 318. [1] [3, blank] pp. 12mo (20.5 x 14.cm), disbound. Signed by H.L. Scott. First edition. 

? “A small train will leave this capital, for Vera Cruz, in the next three or four days, to return in about a month. The letters will be sent to the army post-office up stairs in the same building with the city post-office.... Returning from Vera Cruz, the train will bring back, besides a mail, essential supplies for the army generally.” Warns of severe penalties should “extra baggage or stores, for individual officers or others” be boarded, “and not an ounce of sutler’s goods be admitted into any public wagon.”

  • Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, Jan. 10, 1848. General Orders 13. [1] [3, blank] pp. 12mo (20 x 14.cm), disbound. Signed by H.L. Scott. First edition. Left margin uneven and with old stab holes, light vertical crease.

Gives notice that an escorted wagon train will leave for Veracruz on the 13th.

  • Headquarters Army of Mexico, Mexico, February 20, 1848. Orders 3. [1]-2 [2, blank] pp. 12mo (20 x 13.5 cm), disbound. Signed by Lorenzo Thomas. First edition. Gutter margin separated, light foxing.

Outlines arrangements for regular military mail service between Veracruz and Mexico City, including arrangements for military escorts and postal inspection of packages.

  • Headquarters Army of Mexico, March 8, 1848. Orders 20. [1] [3, blank] pp. 12mo (20 x 13 cm), disbound. Signed by Lorenzo Thomas. First edition. Left margin uneven, gutter margin with voids and separating. With contemporary manuscript corrections.

Announces reestablishment of private stagecoach service between Mexico City and Veracruz, forbids any interference with the line, and lists the stations where horses will be placed.


Overall very good.

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Mexican War Postal History

Estimate $200 - $300Aug 23, 2018
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