HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF MEXICO, MEXICO, MARCH 9, 1848. ORDERS NO. 23./ 1. PROCEEDINGS OF A COURT OF INQUIRY HELD AT THE CITY OF MEXICO, BY VIRTUE OF GENERALS ORDERS NO. 5, DATED JANUARY 3, 1848, AND OF WHICH COLONEL M.L. BONHAM, 12TH INFANTRY, IS PRESIDENT, TO INVESTIGATE CHARGES AGAINST CAPT. J. MCKINSTRY, ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER... "THE LATTER DAYS OF SEPTEMBER, 1847, CAPTAIN J. MCKINSTRY, A.Q.M., WENT IN PERSON TO THE HOUSE OF CARRERA AND GARAY, IN THIS CITY, IN COMPANY WITH MR. C.P. GARCIA... A VERBAL AGREEMENT WAS MADE... FOR THE DELIVERY OF ABOUT 5000 OR 6000 BLANKETS; AND THAT ABOUT 5000 OF THESE WERE DELIVERED AT DIFFERENT DATES TO CAPT. MCKINSTRY'S DEPARTMENT, AS RECEIVED FROM MR. GARCIA, AT THE PRICE OF $3.75 EACH."... BY THESE INTERMEDIATE CONTRACTS, LARGE PROFITS HAVE BEEN MADE... THAT CAPT. MCKINSTRY WAS NOT IGNORANT OF THE PROFITS MADE BY MR. GARCIA ON THESE TRANSACTIONS... AND HAS RECEIVED A CERTAIN SHARE OF THE PROFITS...
[Mexico City: 1848]. 5-1/2" x 8". , [2 blank] pp. Disbound, some light foxing. Signed in ink by L. Thomas. "By Order of Major-General Butler." Unsigned. Good+ to Very Good.
An officer in the Mexican War who was brevetted major for gallantry at Churubusco, Capt. J. McKinstry, Assistant Quartermaster, had allegedly used government property to enrich himself. He evidently escaped conviction on these charges; but during the Civil War he was convicted of similar offenses and dismissed from the Army, Item #35524