Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico: Imprenta del Hospicio, 1870. Letterpress broadside, 23 3/4 x 15 inches. Old folds. Some archival repairs along main horizontal fold (affecting about a dozen words of text). Minor marginal worming near top edge, moderate dampstaining. Very good. Item #WRCAM56155
A territorial republication for Puebla of the text of the agreement between the United States and Mexico made by the joint mixed commission on claims in 1870 regarding Mexican payment of the Pious Fund after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The text includes commentary by the Mexican secretary of state and others. The agreement pertained to unpaid payments from Mexico to the Roman Catholic Church for interest accrued to the prelates of the Church in Upper California after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The arbitrator in the case, Sir Edward Thornton, decided in favor of the United States, awarding them twenty-one annuity payments that totaled almost a million dollars. Mexico agreed to pay the accrued interest, but refused to pay any further fees to the Church in Upper California; this led to further litigation that lasted into the 20th century. The agreement is signed and dated, "Por órden de los comisionados, J. Carlos Mejia. George G. Gaither, secretarios. Es cópia. México, enero 13 de 1870...." The broadside is dated and signed in type, "Puebla de Zaragoza, febrero 4 de 1870. S. Nieto, secretario de gobernacion y milicia." Rare. OCLC locates only one copy of the broadside, at Yale. OCLC 54227747.