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Annual Register of Indian Affairs
1835 - MCCOY, Isaac. The Annual Register of Indian Affairs within the Indian (or Western) Territory. No. 1. Published by Isaac McCoy. Shawanoe Baptist Mission House, Ind. Ter. January 1, 1835. [Kansas Territory]: Shawanoe Mission, J. Meeker, Printer, 1835. Slim octavo, original printed tan stiff paper wrappers, stitched as issued, uncut; pp.48. Housed in custom windowed portfolio. $7500.First edition, association copy of the first work printed in English in the Kansas territory, Isaac McCoy's self-published 1835 Annual Register of Indian Affairs championing Indian rights, from the library of Jacksonian Congressman Samuel Beardsley, inscribed on the front wrapper, "Hon. Saml. Beardsley, Washi""D.C." (inscription partially trimmed), with prospectus printed on wrappers.Isaac McCoy was appointed a Baptist missionary to Indians and Illinois in 1817 and there formed "the idea of a permanent Indian country, west of Missouri." An 1824 trip to Washington, D.C. to present his plan to Secretary of War Calhoun, "marked the shift in his career from a missionary to a political lobbyist". McCoy favored a policy of negotiation that respected the tribes' right to ratify or to reject removal treaties, but he came to be convinced that removing the Indians from the lands east of the Mississippi was the only way to save them. McCoy's proposal of an Indian state called for the consolidation of all the Indians in the West and the dissolution of the tribal organization". In 1828 he was also appointed to a commission to manage the removal of the Ottawa and the Miami to the West". [and] came to support Andrew Jackson's removal policy, although he criticized its emphasis on removal rather than colonization". In May 1830, McCoy was commissioned to survey the boundaries of the domains assigned to the various Indian tribes" (ANB). In1833, McCoy's son Jotham brought a printing press to his father's Kansas mission and "in January 1835 McCoy issued from this press the first of four numbers of The Annual Register of Indian Affairs." McCoy later traveled to Washington "several times to plead the Indians' cause, reporting directly to government agencies" (Wagner-Camp 81). This rare first edition of his first publication on Indian Affairs was published to argue for the better treatment of Indians by presenting "correct historical sketches of the past, and information respecting their present condition," in hopes "that it is not too late to rescue from ruin, the scattered remnants of this noble race of men." This "first number" of four pamphlets was issued on a subscription basis. Although McCoy intended for a continuing series of pamphlets to be published, the series ended in 1848 with number four. This "first number was the first English book printed in Kansas" (Howes M67). Sabin 43110; Graff 2586-8; Wagner-Camp 38, 46a, 81. This association copy is inscribed on the front wrapper to Samuel Beardsley, who represented New York in the United States Congress (1831-36), served as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and and returned to Congress (1843-44) before his appointment to the New York Supreme Court (1844-47).Text generally fresh with light foxing, faint margin dampstaining, bit of loss to upper right corner of front wrapper, tape repairs to wrapper. An extremely good association copy of this rare work. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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