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An e-mail going around from someone who usually has a good sense of where the juice is:

This has really high “Cool Factor” and is something all El Paso REALTORS® should be aware of and experience.

Sorry for the short notice.

At 6:00PM Thursday July 16th at the El Paso Museum of History (behind downtown library) one of two copies in existance of the Treaty of Velasco, signed by President/General Santa Anna and Then President of the Republic of Texas, David Burnet will be on exhibit. Owned by they City of El Paso Public Library’s, this document will be shared for the first time in years.

It is open to the public………………………………..

Here is the short version of events leading to and following after the “Treaty’s” were signed.

“On April 21, 1836, the forces of the Mexican army under General Santa Anna were handed a decisive defeat by the Texans at San Jacinto. Dressed as a common soldier, Santa Anna attempted to flee, but was taken prisoner the following day.

On May 14, Santa Anna signed two peace treaties with interim Texas president David G. Burnet. The public treaty consisted of ten articles; a second, secret treaty consisted of six additional articles. The secret agreement was to be carried out when the public treaty had been fulfilled.

The public treaty provided that hostilities would cease and that Santa Anna would withdraw his forces below the Rio Grande and not take up arms again against Texas. In addition, he also pledged to restore property that had been confiscated by the Mexicans. Both sides promised to exchange prisoners on an equal basis. The Texans would send Santa Anna back to Mexico and would not pursue the retreating Mexican troops.

In the secret agreement, the Texans agreed to release Santa Anna immediately in exchange for his pledge to use his influence to secure Mexican recognition of Texas independence. Santa Anna would not only withdraw all troops and not take up arms against Texas again, but would arrange for a favorable reception by the Mexican government of a Texas mission and a treaty of commerce. The Texas border would be the Rio Grande.

On May 26, General Vicente Filisola began withdrawing Mexican troops in fulfillment of the public treaty. However, the Texas army blocked Santa Anna’s release by the Texas government. Moreover, the Mexican government refused to accept the treaties on the grounds that Santa Anna had signed them as a captive. Since the treaties had now been violated by both sides, they never took effect. Mexico was not to recognize Texas independence until the U.S.-Mexican War was settled by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.”

From the Texas State Library & Archives Commission web site…………

We (El Paso Public Library) were presented with an original October 8, 1961. Thomas J. Rusk, the Commanding General for the Texian Army at the time of the surrender by Santa Anna took possession of one of the copies. At the time of his death in 1857, Haden Harrison Edwards who was the executor to the estate of Rusk was left this and other “valuable papers”. When Edwards passed in 1865, his son came into possession of this and the other documents. Payton Edwards moved to El Paso where he set up a law practice and called home until 1918 at which time he was a judge. His son, Peyton James Edwards inherited this collection and passed them along to his wife when he passed. Mrs. Edwards began laying the groundwork to place these documents in El Paso where the family was well known. At that time she was living with a daughter in Virginia.

It is assumed that there were at least three copies signed by then President of Texas, David Burnet and President of Mexico/Commanding General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. El Paso is in possession of the copy which David Burnet and ultimately Thomas Rusk received. The copy that was forwarded to Sam Houston and ultimately to the President of the U.S. Andrew Jackson, is in the collection at the Texas State Library. It is unknown what happened to the copy that Santa Anna kept and forwarded to Mexico City.

While the two versions of the Treaty were signed which led to the Mexican Army vacating the lands east of the Rio Grande, both parties continued to violate some of the terms for twelve more years.

It wasn’t until the Treaty of Hidalgo was signed in 1848 that the the conflict ceased.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 17, 2009 at 1:33 am

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