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United States legation in Mexico papers

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 010

Scope and Contents

1824-1843.  A collection of 66 personal and official documents concerning early relations between the United States and Mexico. The materials in this collection are set against the background of the troubled times in United States - Mexican diplomatic history which preceded the Mexican War. They may be divided into three parts: (1) papers from the 1820's, most of which consist of the correspondence of Joel Roberts Poinsett, minister to Mexico from 1825 to 1829, (2) papers of the 1830's, which include the correspondence of Col. Anthony Butler, Poinsett's successor, who was Chargé d'Affairs until 1836, and (3) papers of 1842 and 1843 when Powhatan Ellis was minister plenipotentiary of the U.S., followed by Gen. Waddy Thompson. Some of these documents are original authograph letters, while others are copies of signed or unsigned drafts. The original of at least one of the copies, that of Poinsett to Mr. [Henry] Clay, April 13, 1827, may be found among the papers of the Department of State (Dispatches from Mexico II).


  • 1824-1843

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.


66.00 Pieces

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Arrangement Note

1 Hollinger box

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Ruth Olivera, April 1980
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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