LETTER FROM COL. BENTON TO THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI. CENTRAL NATIONAL HIGHWAY FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE PACIFIC.

[Washington: 1853]. 24pp, caption title [as issued]. Stitched, untrimmed, uncut. First and last leaves dusted and lightly worn, else Very Good.

"Signed Thomas H. Benton and dated Washington, March 4, 1853 on page 16. Pages [17]-24 comprise the Appendix. Contains the probable first printing of Leroux's statement to Benton of his activities with Ashley and Henry and his residence in Taos, dated March 1, 1853. Also contains Fremont's letter to the Philadelphia Railroad Convention, April, 1850. Probably printed at Washington in 1853." Graff. "Senator Benton refers to the Fremont winter trip of 1848-9 and reprints the Fremont letter to the Philadelphia Railroad Convention of April, 1850. Benton also includes a statement made to him by Antoine Leroux concerning the latter's early years in New Mexico." Wagner-Camp.
Howes B368. Graff 270. Wagner-Camp-Becker 221. 137 Eberstadt 26. Item #25724

Price: $375.00

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