The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 236
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two are not known. He was presented to the Mexican government
on August 17,1 and three days later Bonilla, the Mexican Min-
ister of Relations, addressed a complaint to him regarding fili-
buster preparations in California." He replied to this note two
days afterwards, and then communications were exchanged
regarding the depredation claims."
This is virtually all that is definitely known regarding the nego-
tiations, as the correspondence has never been published. If Gads-
den ever revealed what took place, no record of such revelation
has been found. But upon two occasions after the treaty had been
concluded Santa Anna referred to the transaction, and his state-
ments are here presented. The first (Document A) is taken from
the address issued to his fellow-citizens while he was in exile at
Santo Tomas ;4 the second (Document B) is from his memoirs as
published by Genaro Garcia." The well-known character of Santa
Anna, and the circumstances under which the statements were
made will cause the historian to accept them cum granu saltis, but
they are, nevertheless, interesting as almost the only light we have
on this affair. In the translation I have striven to be literal, even
at the expense of the best English.
One of the motives which has served my opponents to wound
me cruelly has been the boundary treaty with the United States.
I shall therefore make the proper explanations on this point, re-
ferring to the data which are in the hands of the Minister of Re-
lations, and to the testimony of six honorable ministers with whom
I sufficiently discussed this grave affair.
The government was forced to give preference to the disagree-
ments which the United States was stirring up over the boundary
which the unfortunate treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo marked out;
1Moore, Digest of International Law, I, 462.
aBolton MSS. (Bancroft Library, University of California).
"Moore, op. et loo. cit.
'This address is entitled as follows: "El General Antonio L. de Santa
Anna a sus Compatriotas, San Thomas, Abril 12 de 1858."
"Documentos Inditos 6 muy raros para la Historia de Mfjico, II, 106-111.
The main body of the memoirs is dated Nassau, Bahama Islands, Novem-
ber 23, 1870.
OGrateful acknowledgment is due C. M. Montgomery of the Spanish de-
partment at the University of California for assistance in the translation
of these documents.
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