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    Selections from the St. Louis Enquirer on the Subject of Oregon and Texas
    by Thomas Hart Benton

    [Thomas H. Benton] [Pamphlet] Selections of Editorial Articles from the St. Louis Enquirer, on the subject of Oregon and Texas, as originally published in that paper, in the years 1818-19; and written by the Hon. Thomas H. Benton, to which is annexed, his Speech in the Senate of the United States, in March, 1825, on the bill for the Occupation of the Columbia River. St. Louis: Missourian Office, 1844. 45 pp. Octavo. First edition.

    Except for two editorials on the 1819 Treaty with Spain, the text of these editorials deals almost entirely with the topic of taking official possession of Oregon and the Columbia River, but is included here due to its mention of Texas in the title. The articles published here originally appeared in the St. Louis Enquirer between 1818 and 1819, and also include his 1825 speech on the occupation of the Columbia River. In 1844, Benton was accused of inconsistencies in his statements in relation to Texas and Oregon; this tract was published to clarify his positions.

    Important tract tied to the westward expansion of the United States. Housed in a blue half-calf case with raised bands and gilt lettering at spine. Minor to moderate foxing throughout, otherwise very fine. This item is extremely rare; there are only seven known copies, at least three of which are owned by historical societies. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 1477. Graff 271. Howes B369, "b." American Imprints Inventory 394. Braislin Sale 150.


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