An Important Tract on Spanish Land Claims in Missouri and Arkansas Bates, Edward [1793-1869]. [Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858)]. Edward Bates Against Thomas H. Benton. St. Louis: Charless & Paschall, Printers, 1828. 12 pp. 12mo. (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent plain wrappers, untrimmed edges. Moderate toning, faint spotting and "201" in small early hand to title page. $1,250. * Only edition. Bates accuses Benton, the important Missouri politician and United States Senator, of political opportunism and corruption and refutes Benton's charge that he failed to protect his constituents against Spanish land claims in Missouri and Arkansas as a member of the U.S. Congress. Despite the topicality of this pamphlet and its political motivation, it makes a number of useful observations about the nature of land claims. Bates later served as the first attorney general of Missouri after it was admitted as a state and the U.S. attorney general under President Lincoln. This pamphlet is also notable as an early Missouri imprint by Missouri's first printer, Joseph Charless, who introduced printing there in 1808. He established his partnership with Paschall in 1828. The Celebrated Collection of Americana Formed by the Late Thomas Winthrop Streeter 1853. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 7901.50.
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