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Pingenot Auction, Lot 233

233. [NATIVE AMERICANS]. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Zachary Taylor). Message from the President of the United States, to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the First Session of the Thirty-First Congress...Part III [only]. Washington: HRED5, 1849. [2] 371-1,215 pp., folding maps and plans. 8vo, original three-quarter black sheep over marbled boards. Text block bound upside down. Some shelf wear and a few short tears to folding material, occasional minor staining.
         First edition. The majority of this thick volume relates to Michigan, but between pages 961-1,176 is the valuable Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs dated November 30, 1849. Pingenot: Includes the Report of U.S. Agent Robert S. Neighbors, a lengthy report on Indians in Texas, and another on Indian problems in New Mexico, the return of captives from the Comanches, Indian problems in Oregon and elsewhere. Neighbors played a key role in relations with Native Americans in Texas (see The Handbook of Texas Online: Robert S. Neighbors & Neighbors Expeditions). This is Part III of a three-volume government report, but the important content for Texas Native Americans is in the present volume.