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ACTS PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE EIGHTH - Louisiana Purchase] - 1805. 
[Washington. 1804/1805]. - Two volumes. 225,vi; -376,v,pp. Original plain wrappers. Wrappers lightly worn. Light even tanning, scattered foxing. Very good. Untrimmed and unopened. In a half morocco box. This pair of volumes, covering the acts passed at the first and second sessions of the eighth Congress, contains much significant material concerning the acquisition and governing of Louisiana Territory. The first volume contains the first Congressional printing of the Louisiana Purchase treaty and associated conventions. This famous treaty was really three separate documents. The first was the purchase of Louisiana, the second was a convention for the payment of the money due on the purchase, and the third was a convention for the settlement of old claims. All were executed secretly in Paris in April 1803, ratified by the Senate on Oct. 17, and proclaimed on Oct. 21, 1803. The terms were the most important in American diplomatic history after the 1783 peace treaty. They gave the United States all of the vast Louisiana Territory and made the country a continental power, with territory extending to the Pacific Ocean. The text of all three documents is given in full in French and English. Also included are the texts of treaties with several Indian tribes. The second volume, covering the second session of the eighth Congress, contains the act for the governing of Orleans Territory, the act for governing Upper Louisiana, the constitutional amendment changing the mode of election of the vice- president, the Treaty of Vincennes, and other important laws. This is followed by an index to this volume and the acts of the first session. Neither volume is listed in Shaw & Shoemaker. MALLOY, p.508.
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