CALIFORNIA AND NEW MEXICO. Message from the President of the United States Communicating Information Called for by a Resolution of the House of the 31st of December, 1849, on the Subject of California and New Mexico. January 24, 1850.
Series Title: House of Representatives. 31st Congress, 1st Session; Executive Document No. 17
COLLATION:  2-976 text. 9 x 5½ in. Foxing, browning, acid stains from bookmarks.
BINDING: half leather over marbled boards; spine: gilt title and rules; beige endpapers. Binding is loose with repair tape; spine chipped.
MAPS: 7 maps (6 fold.) All by Ackerman Lithr. Facing:
No. 1. p. 176. Map of Fort Hill [line cut] Monterey California. Reduced by Scale from Lieut. Warner’s Filed Map made in 1847 by P. M. McGill C.E. 15 x 9½ in.
No. 2. p. 177. Untitled map of Golden Gate & north shore, San Francisco Peninsula. 16½ x 8½ in.
No. 3. p. pp. 608. Untitled map of Lower California. 12½ x 17½ in.
No. 4. p. 609. Sketch of Port Escondido, Lower California. 12 x 8½ in.
No. 5. p. 944. Map of Oregon and Upper California from the Surveys of John Charles Frémont and Other Authorities. Drawn by Charles Preuss under the Order of the Senate of the United States. Washington City. 1848. 23 x 18½ in. Tear at hinge and creases.
No. 6. [in between] pp. 944-945. Sketch of General Riley’s Route through the Mining Districts July and Aug. 1849. Copied from the Original Sketch by Lt. Derby in the Office of the 10t Military Dept by J. Mc H. Hollingsworth Asst. 22 x 20 in. Tear at hinge and creases.
No. 7. Not fold. p. 945. Plan of the Route of the Expedition of Major Beall, 1st Drag’s for the Relief of the Wagons of Mr. F. X. Aubrey against the Apache Indians. 7¾ x 5 in.
REFERENCES: Cowan II, p. 875; Howes C-53; Kurutz 106b; Volkmann, Zamorano 80, 14, Wagner-Camp-Becker 179b:2; Wheat, Books, 31; Zamorano 80, 14
This thick Federal Government document stands as the foremost assemblage of printed official documents concerning Alta California’s transition from a Mexican possession to a U.S. controlled territory prior to its admission as a state on September 9, 1850. Bennet Riley, the 7th and last American military governor of California, wrote many of the letters and reports and called for a constitutional convention to create a civil government. Many of the official documents were written by S.W. Kearny, R. B. Mason, H. W. Halleck, and Persifor F. Smith among others. A much smaller percentage of the document pertains to New Mexico. Henry R. Wagner wrote: “The importance of this message wass so great that Congress had 10,000 extra copies printed.”
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