José María Morelos, the outstanding leader in the Mexican independence movement, remains, according to this author, “uno de los personajes más estudiados de la historia de México” (p. 8). She states that compiling this chronological guide of the principal events and correspondence of the Morelos period was not her original intention; rather, this guide was the result of the materials she collected while preparing a study of the Guadalupes, the secret society of Morelos partisans in the Mexican capital.
Presented here is a chronology of the events, letters, proclamations, oficios, and informes dealing with Morelos’s priesthood, revolutionary career, and trial and death. There is an impressive bibliography, including the listing of seven ramos in the Archivo General de la Nación, although no attempt has been made to cite the location of the materials presented. It would have been particularly helpful to have done so in the case of unpublished materials.
A contribution of major significance in this guide is the listing of seven letters that Morelos wrote to the Guadalupe society in the period between October 1812 and October 1813, when he was at the height of his revolutionary career. It has been known for some time that the Guadalupes wrote thirty-two letters to Morelos, and most of these have been published. While it has been long suspected that their correspondence must have been two way, here is the first indication that such was the case. Again, the location of these letters is not given, though a reasoned guess would be the Archivo General de Indias in Seville.
This will be a useful guide for researchers interested in the Mexican independence period. The author’s forthcoming study of the Guadalupes is eagerly awaited, and it is to be hoped that the seven Morelos letters she has discovered will be published in full.