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Trist Finally Gets Paid



[TRIST, NICHOLAS P.]. UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. SENATE. COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS. SUMNER, Charles. In the Senate of the United States. July 14, 1870. Mr. Sumner Made the Following Report: The Committee on Foreign Relations to Whom Was Referred the Petition of Nicholas P. Trist Have Had the Same under Consideration, and Now Report. [Washington: 1870]. [1] 2-12 pp. 8vo (22.7 x 14.6 cm), disbound. Stitching perished, leaves loose. First leaf with small tear at top, generally toned. Noted in ink on p. [1], “Sumner on Petition of Nicholas P. Trist.” Printed bookplates of Frederick William and Carrie Sperry Beinecke and Yale University Library tipped to final page (the last with withdrawn stamp). Laid in is a contemporary February 15, 1871, ALs in ink from Sumner to “My Dear Genl” asking him to look after this matter in the House.

First edition (41st Congress, 2nd Session, Senate Report 261). Tutorow 1742.

Nicholas P. Trist had made requests for payment for services rendered as peace commissioner in 1847-1848. Polk, enraged that Trist had continued in his duties even after being relieved, had cut off Trist’s salary and expense payments on November 16, 1847. After doing without the funds for twenty years, Trist was compelled to apply for them. Here the Committee recommends he be paid. He was reimbursed $14,599.90. Contains extensive background material on the whole situation.


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