Washington. July 31, 1848. 14pp. Folio. Stitched as issued. A few minor edge tears. Near fine. In a large red cloth folder, gilt leather label. Item #WRCAM46345
Slip bill for the 1st Session of the 30th Congress, concerning land claims in the newly acquired territories of California and New Mexico. At the end of the Mexican- American War in 1848, the territories of California and New Mexico passed to the control of the United States. Many people held legal title to land under Mexican administration and needed to reestablish their title under the new regime. This bill is the initial attempt to create a mechanism for establishing these claims, presented by the Committee on Public Lands. As with all slip bills, it is printed with each line numbered and spaced to provide room for correction and commentary. Such bills are rarer than the final form, since only enough copies were made as needed for members of Congress.