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Pingenot Auction, Lot 36

36. [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT. (Chester A. Arthur). Mexican Claims. Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting a Report and Accompanying Papers Relative to the Payment of Claims Specified in the Fifth Section of the Act of Congress approved June 18, 1876. Washington: HRED103, 1884. 788 pp. 8vo, original three-quarter black morocco over marbled boards, spine with gilt lettering and raised bands. Some shelf wear, hinges split (but strong), interior fine. Pastedowns with contemporary ink ownership inscription and notes. Occasional underlining and notes by a later scholar.
        First edition. Relates to the final settlement of the accrued claims since the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe, including detailed evidence and rebuttal. Much on the La Abra Mining claim and seizure of cotton during the Civil War.