MR. DALLAS'S LETTER ON THE MEXICAN TREATY; RE-PRINTED FROM THE PUBLIC LEDGER OF JUNE 15, 1849.
Philadelphia: 1849. 29pp. Original printed front wrapper. Disbound and lacking the rear wrapper, else Very Good. Inscribed on the front wrapper to "Col. Page with Wm. W. Chew's respects". Dallas's printed Letter is addressed in type, at the bottom of page 29, to William White Chew of Germantown.
Polk's Vice President, Dallas presided over the Senate during the Mexican War and the debates on the Wilmot Proviso, which would have barred slavery from territory acquired by conquest from Mexico. Dallas notes the distinguishing characteristic of the Treaty: Nicholas Trist negotiated it without any authority to do so, Polk having previously relieved him of duty. Trist nevertheless persisted with the negotiations, and presented the treaty to Polk as a fait accomplit. Here Dallas, supporting his administration, explains the treaty and justifies Polk's distaste for portions of it.
FIRST EDITION. Sabin 18316. Cohen 7776. Item #32566