New Orleans: Jas. S. Cosgrove, Convention Printer, 1879. 337, [1 blank], 156 pp, plus two folding tables. Each page printed in two columns. Bound in buckram with gilt-lettered morocco spine labels, light rubberstamp on title page. Clean text. Very Good. Last leaf with a tear affecting about five letters of a two-page report in the Appendix, concerning drainage and taxation in the City of New Orleans.
The Convention, dominated by white Democrats, returned Louisiana to Home Rule. It was consumed with issues of State debt, financial auditing, bonds, and the public treasury. One delegate, expressing his colleagues' deep resentment of Reconstruction, asserted that "the deplorable, gloomy and painful condition of Louisiana must be the result of the most barefaced prostitution of power, the most barefaced abuse of sacred trusts, and the most infamously corrupt application of the people's money" [page 298]. The Journal, a day-by-day account of these Proceedings, does not print the Constitution.
Not in Marke, Harv. Law Cat., Thompson. Item #36489