[CALIFORNIA]. BARRAGAN, Miguel (1789-1836). Presidential Decree: "El Exmo. Sr. Presidente interino de los Estados-Unidos Mexicanos se ha servido dirigirme el decreto que sigue". Mexico: Palacio del Gobierno Federal, 23rd May, 1835.
Single sheet, broadside (11 5/8 x 8 inches), printed on one side only (edges a bit wrinkled).
Provenance: with Dorothy Sloan, 14th February 2007, lot 128
First edition. Presidential decree, announced by the Secretary of State, Department of the Interior, elevating the Pueblo of Los Angeles to a city, the first in Alta California, and declaring it the capital of the territory. "This measure passed the Mexican national congress due to the efforts of Carlos Antonio Carrillo, provincial deputy from California to the Mexican congress and the author of the Exposicion of 1831. Monterey, rival for the position of capital, was able to prevent the latter part of the decree from taking effect, and the decree fueled the controversy between the northern and southern Californians during the revolt of Alvarado" (Dorothy Sloan). Howell, California 50:79. Dublan y Lozano, number 1573, vol. III, p. 51. Streeter Sale 2476. Not in Lafragua, Sutro, Palau, Barrett. Catalogued by Kate Hunter