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Pingenot Auction, Lot 304

304. [TEXAS ANNEXATION TREATY]. UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. SENATE. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from Which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed.... [Washington: SD341, 1844]. 119 [1]; [2]; [2] [2]; 5 pp. 5 vols., 8vo, new tan cloth, brown gilt-lettered morocco spine label. Very fine.
         First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:280. Streeter 1542: "This useful collection of documents and correspondence includes the full text of the annexation treaty of April 12, 1844 (p. 10-13), sent to the Senate by President Tyler on April 22, 1844 (p. 5-10); official letter of Calhoun as Secretary of State to the British Minister Pakenham, dated April 18 (p. 50-53); and Lt. Emory’s memoir to accompany his map off Texas (p. 55-63). It also includes the exchange of correspondence with Texas, leading to the execution or the treaty; correspondence with the British Government and our own representatives on the British attitude; and correspondence and documents relating to the Mexican attitude."
         Only one of the four documents after the primary entry relates to Texas, but it is a highly interesting little report of five pages: In Executive Session—Senate of the United States. [Message from the President, May 23, 1844, Transmitting Reports from the Treasury, War, and Navy Departments, in Reply to a Request from the Senate for information as to expenditures since April 12, 1844, for Stationing Troops, or Increasing the Military Force on or near the Frontiers of Texas, and for Placing a Naval Force in the Gulf of Mexico].... [Washington: SED435, 1844]. Streeter 1550: "The heads of departments report to the President that only the usual expenditures for the regular operations of the armed and naval forces had been made."