[Saint Joseph, MO: F.M. Posegate & Co. 1858]. 21,  pp. A bit of offsetting on first few leaves. Contemporary calf [rubbed and worn], rebacked with cloth tape. Caption title [as issued], short closed tear [no loss] on first leaf. Else Very Good. This item is signed in type at the end: 'Clinton County, MO. Nov. 23, 1858. James H. Birch, Jr.'
Birch had, he says, properly applied "at the Land Office at Plattsburg, with many others, for the purpose of entering lands." His application was duly accepted, and he paid the amount due. But later documentation issued by the Land Office, dated about two weeks after this transaction, stated that another application for the same lands had preceded Birch's claim; Birch was thus divested of his property.
This rare document is a detailed assertion of Birch's right to the land. The final page is a Statement of witnesses to Birch's completion of the transaction and his priority over the competing claim.
FIRST EDITION. Sabin 5526. OCLC locates three under two accession numbers [as of 12/11]. Not in BEAL. Item #22408