Guaymas, Mexico: January 1, 1863. This is a hand written "duplicate" copy of a letter addressed to Emma M. Baker of Warren, Rhode Island, wife of the American Consul to Guaymas, Mexico, W.L Baker, informing her of her husband's death.
In December of 1862, Baker and party visited silver mines in the Territory. On their return from San Xavier, 75 miles from Guaymas, part of the party, including Baker, was discovered pierced with arrows by Apache Indians, the other part having delayed their return and escaping the same fate. Baker was anxious to return to Guaymas to meet the steamer expected from San Francisco. "The fatal consequences of manifesting too little prudence and caution I have had the pain to state to you."
The letter is signed by Thomas Robinson, a friend of Baker's who was handling Baker's personal effects and investments on behalf of his wife. Also enclosed is a copy of a handwritten letter from Baker to Robinson "to be opened in the case of my death" where he requests Robinson to return his effects etc. Front is addressed in English and Spanish. Glued to it is a short newspaper clipping describing the incident.
A "duplicate" copy written on tissue paper, 7pp, 9 x 11", glue at top left corner. Original folds, old folds and somewhat wrinkled.
What a horrific letter to receive and to understand that this stranger is now managing all of the widow's assets. Otherwise very good condition. Item #27440