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AUCTION 22

 

Sam Houston’s "Good Neighbor" Policy

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64.     [BORDERLANDS]. HOUSTON, Samuel. Speech of Mr. Houston, of Texas, Favoring a Mexican Protectorate. Delivered in the Senate of the United States, April 20, 1858 [caption title]. [Washington: Printed by Lemuel Towers, 1858]. 8 pp. 8vo (24 x 15.4 cm), partially unopened (first bolt carelessly opened). A bit dusty, otherwise good. First page with light purple ink stamp and ink number of Historical & Philosophical Society of Ohio. Pencil note of Eberstadt. Uncommon.

     First edition. Raines, p. 119. Not in Sabin and other bibliographies. This speech was prompted by unsettled political conditions in Mexico, Cortina’s raids into Texas, and other Borderland problems. Citing the Monroe Doctrine and fears of European intervention in Mexico, Houston attempted to persuade the U.S. to establish a protectorate over Mexico, in which the protected were to pay for their own protection. He declares: “What a salutary change would this be, not only for both countries, but for the world at large! Faithless to her engagements, Mexico has been for a long time but a little better than a national outlaw.” This was Houston’s second resolution on this proposal (his first included Central America). In spite of Houston’s persistence, his resolution was defeated 32 to 16.

($150-300)

Sold. Hammer: $175.00; Price Realized: $210.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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