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Reprint, limited to 300 copies, of the original 1912 edition. Fine .
Bacheller was born in 1859 into a New England family pioneering in the St. Lawrence Valley, north of the Adirondacks. Very good .
Baker is photographed at head-and-shoulders length, wearing a dark pin-striped suit and tie and round glasses.
Newton Diehl Baker [1871-1937] was an American lawyer, politician and government official. He served as the 37th mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from 1912-1915 and as U.S. Secretary of War under Woodrow Wilson from 1916 to 1921.
The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co- sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation. Good .
President Millard Fillmore's report to Congress on the American mission sent to Bangkok, led by former American Consul to Singapore Joseph Balestier, in an effort to secure treaty arrangements to open trade with Siam. The report includes Balestier's correspondence and letters from 1849 through 1851 addressed to various American and Thai officials, including the U.S. Secretary of State, the Sultan of Bruni, the Siamese Commissioner of Naval Forces, U.S. Naval Commander P. F. Voorhees, and others. The correspondence often originates from aboard the U.S. Flagship Plymouth or from various Asian embassies.
Although the first American ship reached Bangkok in 1821 and a Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed between the U.S. and Siam in 1833, only 2 American vessels had traveled to Siam to trade between 1828 and 1836, and none from 1838 through 1850. In 1850, both the American and British governments sent missions to Bangkok seeking to negotiate new treaties. The American mission was led by Joseph Balestier, the former American Consul to Singapore.
In the 1830's Joseph Balestier was one of the first men to own a 1,000-acre sugar cane plantation in Singapore. He was soon appointed Consul for the port of Rhiau and subsequently Singapore. He was a significant figure in Singapore and both a road and a district are named after him. In the latter part of the 1840's, business declined due to competition and lack of import privileges to the home market. Following the death of his wife, Paul Revere's daughter Maria Revere Balestier, he was forced to sell his entire property. He soon returned to Washington to convince Secretary of State Daniel Webster to send him on a diplomatic mission to South East Asia to negotiate treaties. However, the mission was beset by difficulties from the beginning. His relationship with Commodore P.F. Voorhees began badly and deteriorated as the voyage progressed. Balestier regularly communicated their disagreements to the Secretary of State, forwarding copies of his letters to Voorhees, thus aggravating the situation. Balestier blamed Voorhees for the failure of the mission, placing some of the blame on Voorhees' failure to send a military escort with him when he met with high-ranking officials. Voorhees had been loathe to endanger his men due to reports of a cholera epidemic. As the ship's tour was coming to an end and Vorhees and his crew were due back home, Balestier stayed on anticipating that a new American flagship would soon pick him up in Batavia. He spent six months waiting and, when word did reach him, it was to inform him that his mission had been terminated. The failure of the mission was not solely due to Balestier's disgreement with Voorhees. Not only was Siamese bureaucracy frustrating but, according to a letter produced by Voorhees, a Siamese admiral claimed that Balestier had been rude and insulting to his hosts. China's royal court had also refused to meet with him due to previous dealings with him in Singapore. Voorhees' version of events stirred up controversy in Washington and, on two occasions, the Senate asked to see Balestier's correspondence.
RARE. WorldCat locates only 5 copies. Good .
The Lakeside Classics, printed by The Lakeside Press.
A history of America's war with Mexico. Animosity between the United States and Mexico heightened subsequent to Texas being admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845. This act was one of the factors which led to the declaration of war on May 13, 1846. "The text is the autobiography of George Ballentine, a Scotsman, who emigrated to America expecting to use his skills as a weaver. Unable to find work in New York City, he enlists in the United States Army and in less than two years becomes part of General Winfield Scott's invasion force that lands at Vera Cruz and fights its way to the Mexican capital and war's end." -- Excerpted from the Publisher's Preface. Fine .
This post-holiday issue contains seasonal items, verses, listing of donors and reports on the children being served. On page 145 there is a short article on the work of social reformer, journalist and photographer Jacob Riis, noting his interest in crime and criminals and praising him for publicizing "the dark side of New York life" and the rescue work done by Christian philanthropists through his lectures and photographs.
In 1851 Lewis M. Pease was originally appointed as the first Head Missionary of the New York Ladies' Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church which aimed to respond to the rampant crime and prostitution in the area. Disagreements over the best approach to these problems led Pease to leave this post in and to form a new institution which would become the Five Points House of Industry. This institution, while aiming to imbue those in its care with the "pure principles of Christianity", took a more practical approach to assisting the destitute by providing employment, protection and instruction and, in particular, partial or total support for children and others unable to work towards supporting themselves. The facilities provided included a farm school, a woman's working house, a free medicine dispensary, public bathrooms, a boarding house and a children's school. Good .
Rare. No copies were located in WorldCat. Good .
Fiction and essays relating to the countryside, the great outdoors and outdoor pursuits with sections on Ranches and Rodeos, Saloons, Hunting and Fishing and Rivers of the Big Sky. Fine .
Signed by Rick Bass on the title page.
The author, a writer, petroleum geologist and environmental activist, celebrates a winter spent in a tiny community in a remote valley of Montana--the last valley in the state without electricity. Fine .
There is an Andrew Belcher of this period who was a leading ship owner controlling the grain supply of Boston. He was highly successful in trade, sometimes violating the Navigation Acts, and purportedly doing business with pirates. As the largest grain merchant in New England he garnered an appointment as commissary to British forces fighting the French and Indians in Canada. To supply the British, he sold the grain to himself as commissary, netting a substantial profit. He hoarded the grain, depleting the supply of flour and bread in Boston, pushing up the price of bread.
A RARE autograph. Very good .
Facsimiles of 10 maps produced by Bellin in 1757. Inscribed by the publisher. Fine .
A title in the series "Worlds of Man: Studies in Cultural Ecology", edited by Walter Goldschmidt. An anthropological/ecological study of how four distinct social groups--the Indians, the ranchers, the farmers and the Hutterites--adapted to the environment of the Canadian Great Plains. Very good .