Washington: Printed by John T. Towers, 1850. 479,xlvi,pp. 20th-century buckram, gilt leather labels. Paper shelf label. Two small ink stamps on titlepage, ink notations on verso of titlepage. Very good. A presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the titlepage. A detailed account of the proceedings of the constitutional convention of California. "This work contains the proceedings of the convention held at Colton Hall, in Monterey, California, between September 1 and October 13, 1849, which debated and adopted the California Constitution of 1849. In the volume also appear the proclamation of Governor Riley recommending the formation of a state constitution or plan of a territorial government, a list of the delegates who attended, the memorial to the federal congress requesting the admission of California into the Union, and a translation and digest of such portions of the Mexican laws of March 20th and May 23rd, 1837, 'as are supposed to be still in force and adapted to the present condition of California,' with an introduction and notes to the latter by J. Halleck, attorney at law, and W.E.P. Hartnell, government translator" - Zamorano 80. The 1849 Constitutional Convention in California was called, according to the first sentence of the text, after "Congress having failed at its recent session to provide a new government for this country to replace that which existed on the annexation of California to the United States, the undersigned would call attention to the means which he deems best calculated to avoid the embarrassments of our present situation." Thus, the convention was called without sanction from the federal government and California's 1849 Constitution was composed (here printed in the Appendix). This copy inscribed by Browne, "Presented by the Author" on the titlepage. According to Cowan, Browne was the only qualified shorthand reporter in California at the time, and for this work he received $10,000. A rare work, and only the second copy we've handled in forty years. ZAMORANO 80, 11. COWAN, p.79. SABIN 8661. (Inventory #: WRCAM49270)
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