Baltimore: Published by D. Brunner, Woods & Crane, Printers, 1844. First edition. Foot of the spine chipped and wrappers a little worn; wrappers dust-soiled; small brown stain along the lower part of the spine; a very good copy. Item #16438
"Let a whole people go to utter destruction; but, for heaven's sake, do not interfere, on any account, with a gambling, avaricious, profligate, cock-gihting priesthood!" In large part an anti-Catholic pamphlet and one piece of a small but tangled mess of attributions characteristic of pamphlet polemics. Baltimore-born lawyer Brantz Mayer traveled to Mexico as the secretary of the legation in late 1841 served there through late 1842. (See Bernard C. Steiner's biographical paper on Mayer in the March, 1910 issue of the Maryland Historical Magazine; Appletons' places him there in 1843.) In 1844, Mayer published Mexico, As it was and as it is (New York, 1844) , which proved quite popular (going through three editions up to the eve of the war with Mexico) though controversial for its views on Cortes and the conquest and of the Roman Catholic church--the work "was accused of unfairness and gave rise to animated controversy" (Appletons'). Mayer's work was attacked in an extensive and mocking 20-page anonymous review in the March, 1844 number of the U.S. Catholic Magazine (only in this pamphlet has this cataloguer found contemporary reference attributing this review to the French-born priest Augustin Verot, who in 1844 taught at St. Mary's College in Baltimore and eventually became a bishop known for his work in Florida and Georgia, though Steiner repears the Verot attribution). Steiner in that 1910 article notes that though some have said this response was the pseudonymous work of Mayer himself, "this fact is not clearly established and the great bitterness of the letters is unlike his other writings." Sabin 47103 (attributing the work to Mayer). OCLC notes six locations.