MONROE, James (1758-1831). Documents Accompanying the Message of the President of the United States to Both Houses. 206 pages. 18th Congress, 1st Session. Senate Executive Document, no. 2. Washington, D.C.: Gales & Seaton, 1823.
8vo (240 x 150 mm). Half-title slip, 109 pages (of 206), 20 (of 26) folding letterpress tables. (Browned and spotted as usual.) Stab sewn, uncut (a few minor chips to edges, lacking one sewing thread). Documents from the War Department to accompany the first edition in book form of the Monroe Doctrine, preceded only by the National Intelligencer's broadside of 2 December 1823. The Monroe Doctrine was first presented to Congress in an otherwise routine annual message. Included here is General Games' report on the upper Missouri campaign against the Arikaras (Document L, pages 55-108). Wagner-Camp 22; Howes M724.
[Laid in:] Fair copy in a secretarial hand of Legislation passed by Congress 7 May 1822 regarding the building of lighthouses with a note in a different hand confirming the passage of the legislation, wax seal on verso. The legislation (Seventeenth Congress, Sess.I, Ch.119, Sec.6) reads in part: "And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury be authorized and required to cause to be erected in the Bay of Delaware, at or near a place called the Shears, near Cape Henlopen..." (cleanly torn at both folds).
Estimate $ 400-600