UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Polk). Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Twenty-Ninth Congress December 8, 1846. Washington: Printed by Ritchie & Heiss, 1846. [1-2] 3-704 pp., 5 folded charts. 8vo (23.5 x 15.5 cm), modern red cloth with gilt-lettered spine label. Overall fine.
First edition (29th Congress, 2nd Session. Senate Document 1).
The most extraordinary aspect of this work is Polk’s message, in which he outlines a plethora of insults received from Mexico for many, many years, all of which the United States bore with patience. Polk particularly blames Paredes’ stubbornness and Mexico’s refusal to admit that Texas is a lost cause as reasons for the war. Many of the documents concern the early stages of the war, including naval activities.