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Pingenot Auction, Lot 31

31. [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, Transmitted to Congress, with the Annual Message of the President [Ulysses S. Grant], December 4, 1876, Preceded by a List of Papers and Followed by an Index of Persons and Subjects. Washington: GPO, 1876. lvi, 648 pp. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Binding faded and tape repairs, upper hinge cracked, occasional pencil underlining in text (highlighting the borderlands material). Ink stamps of the Rhode Island Historical Society on title and a few other pages; contemporary anonymous ink presentation from the State Department.
        First edition. The section of dispatches from Mexico (pp. 386-414) contain solid documentation on borderlands, especially the Kickapoo and Lipan tribes, reverberations from the turmoil of Diaz’s revolt against Juárez (including Diaz taking Matamoros), Mackenzie and his troops crossing the border without obtaining proper permission, escape of Cortina and his joining the revolutionaries (complete printing of his Pronunciamiento of May 18, 1876, plus the usual spate of depredations and border troubles. Appendix C (pp. 637-40) relates to the Mexican Claims Commission, and particularly the Piedras Negras cases. Unrelated to the borderlands directly is a notice of the death of Santa Anna, who had returned to Mexico from banishment in 1874.