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Pingenot Auction, Lot 378

378. [GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS]. Lot of 14 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

[DE MUN, Jules]. Report: Committee on Foreign Relations....Depredations Committed Upon Persons and Property of Messrs. Chouteau and Demun (sic).... Washington: Gales & Seaton, July 2, 1836. Sen. Doc. 424. 1 pp. 8vo.
         Rittenhouse 159. Pingenot: In 1817 Messrs. Chouteau and De Mun, while trading under license upon the Arkansas, were seized and their goods amounting to $30,000 confiscated by Mexican military forces, under the authority of the governor of New Mexico. The committee’s report recommended that the U.S. demand redress from Mexico.

GRAHAM, James D. Report of the Secretary of War...Report of Lieutenant Colonel Graham on...the Boundary Line Between the U.S. and Mexico. Washington: SED 121 (Serial 627), 1852. 250 pp., 2 (of 3) folding maps. 8vo, later cloth with leather label. Fine copy.
         First edition. Folding maps: "Mexican Boundary. Sketch A." 13 x 47 cm. "Mexican Boundary. B. Extract from the Treaty Map of Disturnell of 1847." 23 x 39 cm. Plus a "Barometric Profile of the route from San Antonio...to the Copper mines of Santa Rita in New Mexico." Graff 1609. Howes G286. See Martin & Martin, pp. 142-43, Plate 40, for a comprehensive discussion of the boundary line and the map "Mexican Boundary B. Extract from the Treaty Map of Disturnell." Meisel III, p. 100. Plains & Rockies IV:212: "In addition to reporting his troubles with John R. Bartlett, Graham included information and reports on southern New Mexico and Lt. Amiel Whipple’s reports on the survey of the Gila River." Raines, p. 96: "Col. G. was principal astronomer and head of the scientific corps...in Texas and Mexico." Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, III:227: "This Document contains Graham’s elaborate defense of his conduct while detailed to the Boundary Commission." Pingenot: The disputed territory, amounting to nearly 6,000 square miles, was acquired by the United States under the terms of the Gadsden Purchase in 1853.

NIMMO, Joseph. Report on the Internal Commerce of the United States. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. 2 folding maps. Cloth, worn.

[TAYLOR, Zachary]. Despatches from General Taylor. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting...May 12, 1846. 29th Congress, 1st Session. HED 197, 1846. 6 pp.

[TAYLOR, Zachary]. Message from the President of the United States. 29th Congress, 1st Session. Doc. 387. June 11, 1846. 4 pp.

[TAYLOR, Zachary]. Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress...1849-50. 31st Congress, 1st Session. Washington: S.E.D. 1, Part I, Dec. 24, 1849. 850 [1] pp., folding tables and plans. Original half morocco and marbled boards, gilt title on spine.
         First edition. Pingenot: Pp. 138-153 contains report "Operations in Texas" with correspondence from Bvt. Maj. Gen. George M. Brooke, Col. Wm. S. Harney, Capt. W. J. Hardee, etc. on military activities against Indians in Texas.

[TAYLOR, Zachary]. Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress...1849-50. 31st Congress, 1st Session. Washington: H.E.D. 5, Part II, Dec. 24, 1849. 370 pp., folding maps and plans. Original half morocco and marbled boards, gilt title on spine.
         First edition. Pingenot: Printed for the House of Representatives but the same collation as the Senate issue.

[TAYLOR, Zachary]. Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress...1849-50. 31st Congress, 1st Session. Washington: S.E.D. 1, Part III, Dec. 24, 1849. 371-1,215 pp., folding maps and plans. Original half morocco and marbled boards, gilt title on spine. Upper cover loose.
         First edition. Pingenot: Beginning on p. 961 and running to p. 1,176 are reports on Indian policy, including that of U.S. Agent Robt. S. Neighbors, a lengthy report on Indians in Texas, and another on Indian problems in New Mexico, the return of captives from the Comanches, Indian problems in Oregon and elsewhere.

[TEXAS (State). CONSTITUTION]. Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting the Constitution of the State of Texas. Washington: HRED 16, 1845. 28 pp. 8vo, new tan morocco over tan cloth, spine with raised bands. Very fine.
First edition of the first constitution of Texas as a state. Eberstadt, Texas 162: "The constitution under which Texas joined the Union. Mr. Streeter calls the Austin edition of this constitution ‘one of the great Texas documents.’ Besides the constitution of 1845, this edition includes Anson Jones’s letter of transmittal, and other pertinent documents enumerated in Mr. Streeter’s note." Howes T115, Streeter 1613.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James Monroe). Message from the President of the United States, communicating...Communications from the Agents of the U.S. with the Governments South of the U.S. which have declared Independence.... Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1822. 74 pp. Sewn, laid in a folding cloth box with leather label.
         First edition. American Imprints 11033, locating only 2 copies. Sabin 48070. Pingenot: An important document paving the way for the Monroe Doctrine, it urges recognition of the revolutionary governments of Latin America. Many interesting documents are found in this report including a translation of the first Columbian constitution, Mexico’s Plan de Iguala, Iturbide’s accession as emperor, the Peruvian Declaration of Independence, the Mina expedition, etc. Of special interest to Southwestern history is the long report on conditions in New Spain by James Smith Wilcocks, who had traveled by horseback through California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, the latter described by him as "very fertile, but almost entirely uncultivated."

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James K. Polk). Message of the President of the United States, Relative to the Operations and Recent Engagements on the Mexican Frontier. June 12, 1846. [Washington], 1846. 37 pp.
         Not in Haferkorn. First reports giving a detailed account of the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de Palma. 2 copies.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James B. Buchanan). Message from the President. 32nd Congress 1st session. HOUSE Ex. Doc. No. 2. December 2, 1851. 469 pp. 8vo, embossed eagle on front and back boards, gilt title on spine with "Part 1." Spine worn.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James B. Buchanan). Message from the President. 32nd Congress 1st session. HRED2. December 2, 1851. Another copy containing pp. 105-469 only. Modern black buckram with gilt spine title: Report of the Secretary of War 1851.

UNITED STATES. WAR DEPARTMENT. SECRETARY OF WAR (William W. Belknap). Claims of the State of Texas.... Washington: HRED277, 1872. 180 pp. 8vo, tan buckram.
         First edition.

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