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Pingenot Auction, Lot 23

23. [BORDERLANDS]. ASHTON, J. Hubley. Piedras Negras Claims. In the American and Mexican Joint Commission. Pedro Tauns (No. 679) and Others vs. the United States. Argument and Evidence for the United States [wrapper title]. American and Mexican Joint Commission. No. 679... [caption title]. [Washington, 1871]. 44 pp. plus tipped in p. 40a. 8vo, original lilac printed wrappers, preserved in half dark brown calf folding box. An exceptionally fine copy.
        First edition. Not in Howes, etc. Pingenot: This rare separate is unknown save for its appearance in House Executive Doc. 277, 42nd Congress, 2nd Session, 1872, under Claims No. 40 on pp. 147-80. This group of claims, totaling an enormous sum and put forward by attorneys Bethel Coopwood and William Stone, arose from the burning of the village of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, by the Texan volunteers under Captains Callahan and Henry in 1855.