PERSONAL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DIPLOMATIC AGENTS OF THE UNITED STATES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. 77pp., printed on blue paper. Folio. Original pink front wrapper (rear wrapper lacking) bound into later green cloth, spine gilt. Contemporary ownership inscription on front wrapper, bookplate on front pastedown. A bit of light wear. Near fine. Item #WRCAM45707

The copy given to the newly-appointed United States Ambassador to France, Robert M. McLane, with an inscription on the front wrapper, and signed in manuscript by Secretary of State Thomas F. Bayard on the printed transmittal page. Robert Milligan McLane (1815- 98) was a congressman from Maryland, and later governor of the state. He was appointed Ambassador to France in 1885, having previously served as U.S. Commissioner to China (1853-54) and Minister to Mexico (1859-60). Thomas Francis Bayard (1828-98) was a three-term Senator from Delaware, and was appointed Secretary of State by Grover Cleveland in 1885. These instructions were meant to address questions of diplomatic conduct for American representatives abroad in an era before instant worldwide communication. From transit to the post, to presentation of credentials, to accurate record keeping and correspondence with the Department, virtually anything imaginable is covered. It is also, in its way, a précis of international law at the time. Printed in a small number, for the use of the diplomatic corps. OCLC locates only four copies of the complete printing of these instructions (with the index on pages 69-77), at Columbia University Law School, Newberry Library, Library of Congress, and Cornell University. OCLC 63625201, 183423169

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Instructions for Diplomats