30th Cong., 1st Sess. HED70. 1848. July 24, 1848. 49pp, disbound, Very Good.
Polk's Message begins by justifying his war policies to a still-hostile Congress, in this just-concluded conflict. He explains that the necessity of war required his establishing temporary military governments in California and New Mexico; and produces War Department orders erecting civil governments in those territories. He also reviews the status of the Texas-Mexico boundary determinations. Polk reports on the military treason trials and executions of "some of the conquered Mexican inhabitants, who...broke out in open insurrection, murdering our soldiers and citizens, and committing other atrocious crimes." Among those murdered was Charles Bent, governor of the New Mexico territory. FIRST EDITION. Haferkorn 37 [incorrectly calling this HED69]. Item #5181