Boston: 1855. 11, [1 blank] pp. Stitched without wrappers. First and last pages a bit dusted, Good+.
Originally printed in the Monthly Law Reporter for September 1855, by President Pierce's Attorney General. A British man-of-war had hauled the Russian ship Sitka to San Francisco Bay, when a state of war existed between those two nations. A California judge issued a writ of habeas corpus to the Sitka's crew; the Sitka departed, leaving Cushing with the diplomatic fallout. He examines the claimed right of asylum with a neutral nation, and the rights of a belligerent to transit in and through its ports. His Opinion concludes that the British vessel "with her prize the Sitka, had a perfect right to enter the port of San Francisco, and remain there a reasonable time for any of the purposes compatible with the neutrality of the United States."
FIRST EDITION. OCLC 23982179 . I Harv. Law Cat. 504. Item #18943