This collection contains correspondence and legal documents related to the case of Henry Burton, son of María Ampara Ruíz
Burton (1832-1895) and Mexican-War general Henry S. Burton (1819-1869), to confirm legal
claim to land in Baja California, chiefly in the 1920s in both Washington, D.C., and Mexico City. Much of the collection reflects
issues between Burton, the Los Angeles law firm of Spalding and Myers, and attorney Harry B. Lind. The legal documents are
primarily about cases
brought against Burton and Spalding and Myers by Lind for breach of contract.
Henry Burton was the son of General Henry S. Burton (1819-1869) who fought in the
Mexican-American War and settled in San Diego, California, at the conclusion of the
conflict. General Burton married a Mexican woman, María Ampara Ruíz (1832-1895) , who was the
heir to two Spanish land grants—the Enseñada de Todos Santos and San Antonio de las
Minas parcels in Baja California. The Spanish government granted the lands, totaling
over 1,000,000 acres, to María Ampara Ruíz’s grandfather, Don José Manuel Ruíz, in
1804. Ruíz served as the military governor of Baja California. María Ampara Ruíz de
Burton was a noted Mexican-American author and published two books about the Mexican
experience in the United States after the Mexican- American War.
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