In parts 1 & 2, we established that the whereabouts of William Niven’s collection of Valley of Mexico artifacts is a mystery and that someone in the Mexican government was very urgently interested in learning where those relics were located in 1975.
Obviously, I could not just sit on these letters. Why would a Mexican government official be so concerned half a century and more about where the artifacts were located?
Did he actually read the books on Mu and wanted to know more or was this part of an legitimate effort to recover ‘stolen’ cultural relics?
Casting aside any hint of disparaging the name or activities of William Niven, it is obvious that Niven’s widely publicized discoveries in the Valley of Mexico had the support of the Mexican government at the time. Niven’s Mexico City storefront selling the relics he recovered and his donations of countless artifacts to the National Museum attest to the fact that he had at least tacit approval of his archaeological efforts.
A quick internet search indicated that this particular agency that sent the letter in 1975 no longer existed. The obvious choice was to contact the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC and ask. The extremely helpful gentleman from the Embassy of Mexico to the United States provided the address of a successor organization in a return letter.
I sent a letter (in English) to the address of the successor organization. I wanted to be straight to the point – no use in cluttering up a piece of paper with unnecessary words or wasting these folks’ time. I had enclosed a copy of the official letter with tracking number. I told them I was writing a book, explained about the original letter and asked
“I am writing to find out if any further information has been discovered concerning the tablets found by William Niven.”
I believed that I was straight and to the point, however…
In Part 4 we’ll discuss the response.