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AUCTION 24

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[BOUNDARY LINE]. UNITED STATES. SECRETARY OF INTERIOR. Report of the Secretary of the Interior, Made in Compliance with a Resolution of the Senate Calling for Information in Relation to the Commission Appointed to Run and Mark the Boundary between the United States and Mexico. July 26, 1852. Referred to a Select Committee on the Subject. August 31, 1852. —Ordered to Be Printed. [Washington, 1852]. [1] 2-515 [1, blank] pp., 7 lithograph maps. 8vo (25 x 16 cm), modern quarter cloth with original gilt-lettered label over patterned rice paper, original endpapers. Overall fine.

Maps

[1] That Part of Disturnell’s Treaty Map in the Vicinity of the Rio Grande and Southern Boundary of New Mexico as Referred to by U.S. Surveyor in Communication to Commissioner. July 25, 1851. See page 281, Senate Ex. Doc. 119, 32d. Congress, 1st. Session. [above neat line at lower left] P.S. Duval & Co’s, Steam Lith. Press Phila. (22.1 x 28.2 cm). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 719.

[2] Mexican Boundary. Sketch A. Referred to in Colonel Graham’s Report to the Hon: The Secretary of the Interior, of August 16th. 1851. To face page 245 of Senate Ex. Doc. 119, 32nd. Congress, 1st. Session. [above neat line at lower right] P.S. Duval & Co’s Steam Lith Pr. Philada. (13.2 x 47.5 cm). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 717.

[3] Mexican Boundary B. Extract from the Treaty Map of Disturnell of 1847. Referred to in Col: Graham’s Report to the Hon: the Secretary of the Interior of Augst. 16th. 1851. To face page 245, Senate Ex: Doc: 119, 32d. Congress, 1st. Session. P.S. Duval & Co’s Lithy. Philada. (23. x 39.2 cm). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 718.

[4] No. 1. Map Exhibiting the Southern Boundary of New Mexico as Respectively Claimed by the United States & the Mexican Commissioner under the 5th. Article of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Accompanying Commissioner Bartlett’s Letter to the Secretary of the Interior of Decr. 28th. 1850. -See pages 391 & 392, Senate Ex: Doc: 119. 32d. Cong: 1st. Sess: [Above neat line at lower left] P.S. Duval & Co’s, Steam Lith. Press Phila. (18.9 x 28.7 cm).

[5] No. 2. [From Emory’s Map.] Accompanying Commissioner Bartlett’s letter to the Secretary of the Interior, dated “Santa Rita del Cobre, August 8th. 1851.” See page 149, Senate Ex. Doc. 119. - 32d. Congress, 1st. Session. (no neat line, image area, including title: 19.6 x 30.5 cm). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 704.

[6] No. 1. Accompanying Commissioner Bartlett’s letter to the Secretary of the Interior, dated “Santa Rita del Cobre, August 8th. 1851.” See page 148, Senate Ex. Doc. 119. - 32d. Congress, 1st. Session. (no neat line, image area, including title: 14.4 x 16.7 cm). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 703 & 705.

[7] No. 2. Disturnel’s [sic] Map, Exhibiting the Error in the Rio Grande’s Position. Accompanying Commissioner Bartlett’s letter to the Secretary of the Interior of Decr. 28th. 1850. [See pages 392 & 393; Senate Ex. Doc. 119. -32d. Congress, 1st. Session] P.S. Duval & Co’s Steam Lith. Press Phila. (20.3 x 28 cm). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 661 & 706.

First edition (United States 32nd Congress, 1st Session, Senate Executive Document 119). Howes B200. Meisel III, p 100. Plains & Rockies IV:216a.

A compilation of correspondence, orders, accountings, etc., between the two boundary commissions and between the U.S. Boundary Commission and the federal government. Reveals a detailed picture of conditions during the survey and of what materials and supplies were necessary to complete it. The difficult conditions under which the parties worked are also evident. Particularly revealing is Bartlett’s August 8, 1851, apparently draft letter to his Mexican counterpart admitting his confusion about where the boundary line should be run (pp. 145-148). The seven maps are crucial to understanding how the boundary was established.

Bartlett was not the only one confused. Even Secretary Stuart, in his letter presenting this report to the Senate, states that he cannot even say how many people are working on the survey: “The number and names of persons employed on the work cannot be stated at present. Since the reorganization of the commission in this city in the summer of 1850, changes have been continually taking place by removal, resignation, or reduction of force.... Despatches just received from Major Emory...inform me that he has still further and materially reduced that portion of the commission under his charge; but does not state whose services have been discontinued” (p. 2).

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