Acts Passed at the First Session of the Nineteenth Congress of the United States (1826)
Acts Passed at the First Session of the Nineteenth Congress of the United States (1826
FIRST STATE of the first official collected printings of congressional acts, printed for use by the House and Senate, containing laws and treaties enacted under the President JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. First Session of the Nineteenth Congress was held Dec 1, 1825 – May 22, 1826, passing 157 pieces of legislation.
Octavo within a 11 x 7 ½ rebound. In English. Printed by Davis and Force, Washington, D.C., 1826. FIRST EDITION. 123 pp. with an additional 107 pp. Appendix and Index. A once stab-stitched pamphlet, with original printed front wrapper and COMPLETE text block with uncut edges, bound into recent maroon textured cloth, with lettering piece, gilt fillets and titles to spine. Hardbound cover in excellent condition. Text block is softened because of poor quality paper stock, therefore is quite worn, with light to moderate browning, foxing and curling of page edges, though largely unaffecting text. Upper text block corner lacking from first third with no loss. Ex-library. Bookplate and glue stain to front pastedown. Small inventory label on page three. Not without issues, but still an appealing copy given its significance and relative scarcity.
The 19th Congress (1825–1827) aggressively opposed the new presidential administration of John Quincy Adams, who many believed had stolen the election from Andrew Jackson. The House chose Adams amidst the indecisive Electoral College count. But when Adams nominated Speaker Henry Clay to become Secretary of State, Jackson’s supporters howled that Adams had bargained his way into the presidency. Congress also refused to fund U.S. participation in the Panama Congress of independent states of the Western Hemisphere until it was too late, and more or less simply marked time before the next presidential election by voting down administration proposals.
Interesting legislation included Acts to purchase books for the Library of Congress; funding the Federal Government, listing salaries of every member, to include, allocating funds to pay The President and Vice President a salary of $5,000 each and $6,000 each for the Secretaries of State and Treasury; defining the border between Georgia and Florida; authorizing the importation of statues of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton; the “gradual increase” of the Navy and “regulating the accountability” for the Army’s clothing and equipment; “apprehension and delivery of deserters from French ships in US ports;” and a Resolution “directing a system of Calvary Tactics and a System of Instruction for Artillery.” Also includes full printings (in both English and Spanish) of the Treaty with Columbia signed Oct 3, 1824, as well as dozens of Indian treaties, to include the Sioux and Chippewas.
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