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AUCTION 19

239. WYOMING (Territory). GOVERNOR (John W. Hoyt). Message of Governor Hoyt to the Sixth Legislative Assembly, of Wyoming Territory, Convened at Cheyenne, November 4, 1879. Cheyenne: Leader Steam Book and Job Printing House, 1879. 94 pp. 8vo, original fuchsia glazed printed wrappers, stitched (as issued). Spine faded, wrappers lightly worn, otherwise fine.

     First edition. Adams, Herd 1085: “Scarce.” AII (Wyoming) 48. Eberstadt 128:577: “The governor gives an interesting resume of territorial achievements, such as the recent quelling of Indian incursions, the introduction of 300,000 head of cattle and 200,000 head of sheep, the mineral discoveries in the Wind River, Seminole, Medicine Bow, and Laramie mountain regions; the cattle route through the Crow Reservation and consequent difficulties; Indian raids; road agents; and the incoming emigration.”  Stopka 1879.8.

     Hoyt reports on the grazing interests in the Territory and “Embarrasssment [sic] to the Stock Interest from the Demands of the Crow Indians.” In a section entitled “The Grazing Interest,” he comments on several problems affecting ranchers, such as grass fires, disputed brands, and contagious cattle diseases.  Not necessarily a servant of the livestock interests, he also remarks that undervaluing livestock is a favorite way to evade taxes and proposes remedies.  ($250-500)

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