UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Polk). Messages of the President of the United States with the Correspondence therewith Communicated, between the Secretary of War and other Officers of the Government, on the Subject of the Mexican War. Washington: Wendell & Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848. [1-3] 4-277 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm), contemporary three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. Spine worn, chipped, and partly detached; moderately rubbed, corners bumped. Original stabholes, otherwise interior is fine.
First edition (30th Congress, 1st Session, House Exec. Doc. 60). Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 322-23. Haferkorn, p. 29.
This compilation is one of the most significant documents relating to the commencement of the war and its hostilities. In his message of May 11, 1846, Polk declares to Congress that he is going to bring the war to a speedy conclusion. As might be expected, there is a good deal of discussion on the annexation of Texas and deteriorating relations with Mexico due to that issue. Also present is copious official correspondence relating to the Army of Occupation at Corpus Christi and the Texas battles, as well as material on the conquest of California and New Mexico.