Report on the Burning of Washington[Americana]. Report of the Committee Appointed on the Twenty-third of September Last to Inquire into the Causes and Particulars of the Invasion of the City of Washington by the British Forces in the Month of August, 1814.... Read, and committed to a committee of the whole house on Monday, the 19th of December next. Washington: A. and G. Way, Printers, 1814. 368 pages. Two fold-out tables (one loosely laid in). Quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards, parchment covered corners, with gilt lettered title label and floral devices on spine. Neat ink ownership stamp of Charles N. Hagner on title page.
Boards rubbed, vertical lines on covers, corners bumped, small hole in rear joint, small paper and leather chips; hinges starting, holograph ink inscription on front pastedown: "P. V. Hagner/ U.S.A./ Ch. N Hagner,/ Washington/ D.C.", other later inscriptions on front pastedown dated: "1915", front free endpaper with small tears and minor paper loss, holograph ink "Ch. N. Hagner/ Jan 1832" on title page; there is a small hole in the outer margin of the textblock up to page 120 and in the inner margin up to page 52, pages with edge wear, corner bends, creasing, small tears, foxing and some browning, else in very good condition.
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A report on the invasion and subsequent burning of Washington by the British during the War of 1812, which included the destruction of all 3,000 volumes from the Library of Congress.
"The largest estimate, however, embraces an expense of considerable amount, for completing the west part of the north wing for a library, which none of the lower estimates includes." - Thomas Munroe, page 363.
Thomas Jefferson was later to offer his own collection of 6,487 books as a replacement for the lost volumes.
Charles Nicholas Hagner (1808-1849) was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers. He was the son of Peter Hagner (1772-1850), who (originally appointed a clerk in the Department of the Treasury by General George Washington in 1793) was made the "Third Auditor of the Treasury" by James Monroe in 1817. Charles was also the older brother of Peter Valentine Hagner (1815-1893), who rose in the United States Army to become Colonel of Ordnance in 1867.
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