Six months before his long Presidency ended, he signed this friendly, typed
letter to the British Governor of Belize, framed in the Gallery of History style
TLS: "Porfirio Diaz" as President of Mexico, 1 page, 7½x9.
Mexico City, 1910 November 3. To S.J.C. Swayne, Governor, Belize. In
Spanish, translated. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full:
"Having read your polite letter dated the 7th of last month, I must
inform you that so far I have not had the pleasure of seeing Colonel Sir
Thomas Holdich; but when he wishes to find me, I shall receive him as
corresponds to the recommendation of you whom I so esteem and I shall offer him
my friendship and services for him to use as he deems convenient. Thus having
complied with your wishes I remain your avowed servant and friend."
S.J.C. SWAYNE was the British Governor of Belize, a small nation
on the southern Mexican border. Sir THOMAS HOLDICH (1843-1929) was the
former British Superintendent of Frontier Surveys. In this election year
of 1910, 80-year-old PORFIRIO DIAZ was seeking his eighth term as
President of Mexico (1876-1880; 1884-1911). At this time, his congenial
foreign policy, one of the better aspects of his government, was waning.
Additionally, the country was on the brink of revolution due to the
government's policy of preferential treatment to the upper classes. The
working classes and Indian populations of Mexico were neglected, exploited and
denied any government participation; their lands were made communal and often
fell into the possession of land moguls. During 1909 and 1910, Francisco
Madero was preparing to overthrow the government in case his campaigning against
Diaz failed. Diaz had always discouraged presidential opponents through
exile and execution, and, true to form, he had Madero arrested before the July
election on charges of insulting the President. Madero, however, was spared from
execution. Within six months of this letter (May 1911), Diaz decided to
resign due to illness, and he went into exile with his family and
associates, ending one of the most successful presidencies in Mexican history.
He had begun his political career as Governor of Tehuantepec in 1858,
when Benito Juarez became President of Mexico. While the U.S. was embroiled in
its Civil War (1861-1865), Emperor Maximilian became ruler of Mexico
(1864-1867). Following his demise, Diaz became a party leader, opposing
Juarez' re-election as President (1871). After further revolts over the next
five years, Diaz gained the presidency in 1876. He maintained a stable
government, serving from 1876 through 1911, except for one four-year term
(1880-1884). Diaz succeeded in rebuilding the nation's economy and world respect
by inviting foreign investment and encouraging international trade and the
development of his country's railroads. Lightly creased with folds, vertical
fold at the last "o" in Porfirio. Lightly stained at lower right blank margin.
Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style:
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PRESIDENT PORFIRIO DIAZ (MEXICO)
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