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North American Boundary. Part I Correspondence Relating to the Boundary between the British Possessions in North America and the United States of America under the Treaty of 1783. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty July 1840.
Reference #: 1370
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List Price: $340.00
London: T. R. Harrison (Printer), 1840. Folio (13"). Half-Leather. Very Good + 168 pp. Ex library with only indicia being a name stamp on the front free endpaper and a paper spine label. Half-bound in calf over brown ribbed cloth, and uncommon in other than wrappers; red morocco spine label with bright gilt titles. The leather shows light rubbing at the extremities. The text is bright, unmarked, and compiles all of the major correspondence relating to this issue, together with supporting documentation. Of the latter, one example will suffice, that from the Resolution of the State of Maine [found at p. 17] "in relation to the North-Eastern Boundary": "Resolved - That it is not expedient to give the assent of this State to the Federal Government to treat with that of Great Britain for the conventional line for our north-eastern Boundary, but that this State will insist on the line established by the Treaty of 1782. Resolved - That, as this State has never heretofore given her consent to the appointment of an umpire under the Treaty of Ghent, in 1814, but has protested against the same . . . she is not now prepared to give her assent to the appointment of a new arbiter. Resolved - That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to urge the passage of the Bill for the Survey of the North-eastern Boundary of the United States, &c., now pending in Congress . . .". A most important compilation of primary source material concerning the history of the creation of the world's longest 'friendly border'. The process of its delineation was not always thus! The Treaty of Ghent was the culmination of the War of 1812 and, while it put a formal end to the hostitlities, it was silent on primary issues, amongst them the military control of the Great Lakes. The 'Treaty of 1783' referenced was the Treaty of Paris, putting an end to the American Revolutionary War.
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