Philadelphia. 1803. ,198pp. Modern half morocco. Ex-lib. with ink stamp on verso of titlepage and on first text leaf. Tanned, second half of text more severely than the first. Still, a good, solid copy. Item #WRCAM36542
This copy bears the ownership signature of Lawrence Washington, nephew of George Washington on the front fly leaf. Lawrence Washington (1775-1824) was the fourth son of George Washington's younger brother, Samuel. When Samuel died in 1781, George Washington took over the responsibility of educating his young nephew and remained close with Lawrence Washington throughout his life. These Senate debates were printed by William Duane, the mercurial editor of the AURORA.... The debates were prompted when the Spanish intendent at New Orleans suspended the American right to deposit goods at New Orleans in October 1802. The right had been guaranteed by Pinckney's Treaty with Spain of 1795, but was revocable. American fears that they might lose access to New Orleans was one of the motivations prompting Thomas Jefferson to negotiate with the French for the purchase Louisiana. The Louisiana Purchase treaty was signed in April 1803. At this time there was no regular record kept of the debates on the Senate floor, and the body only admitted stenographers and note takers into the chamber in 1802. William Duane's account of the debate over the right to deposit goods at New Orleans, then, is a rare and valuable glimpse into the deliberations of the Senate on a question of great importance to the territorial expansion of the United States. HOWES D517. EBERSTADT 103:161. SABIN 20990. THOMPSON 990. SCHWARTZ SALE 244. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 4113.