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Pingenot Auction, Lot 312

312. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Andrew Johnson). Message of the President of the United States of January 29, 1867, Relating to the Present Condition of Mexico in Answer to a Resolution of the House of December 4, 1866. Washington: GPO, 1867. [2] 735 pp. 8vo, contemporary three-quarter dark brown morocco over marbled boards, marbled edges. The very fine Josey copy.
         First edition. Massive report on the "so-called government of Maximilian" with one of the most replete sources of documentation on the effects and actions in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands resulting from the French intervention. Includes many dispatches by Juárez written from Paso del Norte and elsewhere, protests of citizens in California, activities of Santa Anna (the U.S. apparently pondering whether the wily dictator was the lesser of two evils!), burning and occupation of Matamoros, activities in El Paso related to the establishment of Juárez’s government, French inducement of disaffected Confederates (including attempts by ex-Confederate generals to establish a colony near Cordova named Carlotta), seizure of munitions in Clarksville, Texas, and elsewhere, etc.