[Washington]. 1801. 16pp. Modern half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Very light foxing. Near fine. Item #WRCAM35410
A very early work on Mississippi territorial law, printed in Washington in 1801 and containing ten laws that were eventually published "by order of the House of Representatives" after some local controversy over their content. The laws, from the second half of 1799, range in subject matter from distempered cattle to divorce. These were added to the twenty-five laws already passed by the territorial legislature. The House of Representatives published this volume to assist in the "enquiry into the official conduct of Winthrop Sargent, governor of the Mississippi territory" (p.1). Thomas Jefferson removed Sargent from office later that year. SABIN 49519. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 1515. LC, MISSISSIPPI. A SESQUICENTENNIAL OF STATEHOOD (1967) 60. GOODSPEED 141:351, 161:683.