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Pingenot Auction, Lot 39

39. [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. WAR DEPARTMENT. SECRETARY OF WAR (George W. McCrary). Letter from the Secretary of War...His Views in Relation to the Bill (S.165) to Reimburse the State of Texas for Expenses Incurred in Repelling Invasions of Indians and Mexicans. Washington: SED19, 1878. 195 pp. 8vo, new half brown levant morocco over brown cloth, spine gilt lettered and with raised bands. Fine.
        First edition. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2441: "Texas seeks federal compensation for Indian depredations and the ongoing cost to state forces." Pingenot: Primarily concerns claims against the U.S. by Mexican citizens arising from raids made by Texan volunteer troops since 1854. Contains considerable material on the Piedras Negras claims with their fraudulent exaggeration of losses and damages. Valuable depositions by claimants and witnesses along with the roles played in the scheme by William Stone and Bethel Coopwood.