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Pingenot Auction, Lot 34

34. [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Ulysses S. Grant). Claims on the Part of Citizens of the United States and Mexico under the Convention of July 4, 1868. Washington: SED3, 1877. 103 [1, blank] pp. [Bound with]: Statement of Appropriations and Expenditures, Civil and Miscellaneous, of the Department of State, from March 4, 1789, to June 30, 1876. Washington: SED38, 1877. 2 vols. in one, 4to, contemporary buckram, red, tan, and black leather labels (chipped). Ex-Library of Congress, with LC bookplate and deaccession ink stamp on front pastedown, small perforated LC stamp on title, and other occasional discreet library markings. Lower blank margin of first leaf chipped, small repairs to margins of first two leaves. Uncommon.
        First edition. The first report consists of the preliminary report of J. Hubley Ashton (U.S. agent for the joint U.S.-Mexico commission) followed by a detailed schedule of about 2,000 claims, mostly along the border from California to Texas and as far north as Kansas and San Francisco and Downieville in the California gold fields (lynching of the wife of José Maria Loaiza) and beyond. The claims were generated under the June 4, 1868, convention between the United Sates and Mexico. Of the 167 cases in which awards were made against the U.S., many belonged to the Piedras Negras case involving the burning of that town by Captains Callahan and Henry. Awards to U.S. citizens totaled $3,975,123.79, and among the claimants were Richard King and Mifflin Kennedy ("robbery of cattle from ranch by armed bands from Mexico"), Hamilton Bee, Charles Stillman, Parker H. French ("depredation on ranch on Rio Grande by Mexican and American robbers, and false imprisonment"), William McGarrahan (claim of $10,000,000 "injury in respect to the Panoche Grande Rancho"), the Governor of Sonora ("files documents, and reports in reference to Indian depredations"), and a host of others (from the high and mighty to the lowly). Set out are claim number, nature of claim (many for rustled and seized cattle, or Indian depredations), when, where, amount claimed, when decided, by whom decided, nature of decision, and amount of award (in U.S. currency, U.S. gold, or Mexican gold). The second report has a few references to Texas (boundary between U.S. and Texas, claims of the Republic of Texas, depredations on the frontier of Texas, etc.).