New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1864. Two volumes. vi,452; iv,466pp. Frontispiece portrait in first volume, facsimile letter frontispiece in second volume. Contemporary presentation binding of half black morocco and red paper boards, spines gilt, t.e.g. Edgewear, corners worn, boards rubbed. Persistent pencil highlighting or notes, else a very good copy overall. Untrimmed and partially unopened. Item #WRCAM47077
A presentation set, inscribed on the front pastedown of both volumes from General Dix to A. Oakey Hall, the lawyer and Tammany Hall politician who served as mayor of New York from 1869 to 1872. "Elegant Oakey" Hall (1826- 98) was educated at Columbia University, where he wrote for a number of newspapers to pay for his education. He dropped out of Harvard Law School and finished his legal schooling privately, for a time apprenticing in the New Orleans law firm of John Slidell. During the Civil War he was New York City District Attorney, and in 1868 was elected mayor of New York, serving until 1872. While mayor he was a controversial figure, associated with Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed, and was a frequent target of Thomas Nast's satirical cartoons. Late in life Hall defended Emma Goldman against charges of inciting to riot in New York. These two volumes contain the text of many speeches and addresses given by Dix during his long career. Several are from the period when he served as a United States Senator from New York for the eventful years 1845-1849, while others grew out of his service as New York Secretary of State, as United States Secretary of the Treasury, or as a railroad executive. Included are addresses on many of the vital issues of the day, including the Oregon question, matters relating to the Army, the Mexican-American War and the newly-acquired territory in the west that came with victory, international trade, African colonization, issues relating to New York, and more. Dix served briefly as Treasury Secretary in 1861, and during the Civil War years was a Brigadier General in the New York militia, during which he was instrumental in suppressing the terrible draft riots that ravaged the city. After the war he served as U.S. Minister to France, and was governor of New York from 1873 to1874.