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CORTES, Hernán (1485-1547). Letter signed ("El Marques"), with seven lines in his hand, to Pedro de Castilleja, Cuernavaca, 30 March n.y. [1534-1541].
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CORTES, Hernán (1485-1547). Letter signed ("El Marques"), with seven lines in his hand, to Pedro de Castilleja, Cuernavaca, 30 March n.y. [1534-1541].

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CORTES, Hernán (1485-1547). Letter signed ("El Marques"), with seven lines in his hand, to Pedro de Castilleja, Cuernavaca, 30 March n.y. [1534-1541].

In Spanish, one page, 302 x 205mm, addressed on verso, (small loss at left margin, not affecting text; minor creasing).

A letter from the conquistador of Mexico with seven lines in his hand. The recipient of his letter is Pedro de Castilleja, the administrator of Cortés's mines, and the content relates to the management of the mines in Zumpango. Cortés orders Castilleja to forbid access by any slave or miner working for Andrés de Barrios, noting further that if there is an order from the Alcalde to admit Barrios or one of his men, he should ask the Real Audiencia to stop it. He also advises Castilleja to be sure the mines are sufficiently supplied, and comments that if anything is needed he will send the necessary funds. Writing in his own hand at the conclusion, Cortés discusses black slaves bound for his mines, asking if they had already arrived and stating they should be returned to Gonzalo Hidalgo, one of Cortés's supporters who would later accompany him to California in 1533. Andrés de Barrios, brother-in-law of Hernán Cortés and one of the conquerors who accompanied him in the capture of Tenochtitlan, had been loyal to him until the year 1530, when along with Pedro Rodriguez de Escobar, he rebelled due to his profound disagreements regarding the distribution of land. Cortés led the 1519 Spanish conquest of Mexico and served as the first governor of New Spain. In 1529 he was granted the title Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca. ABPC and RBH record no letters from Cortés bearing a substantial autograph element appearing at auction.

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