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“A GREAT AND PERHAPS FATAL WAR”

UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Acts Passed by Congress… 11th, 12th & 13th Congress. Washington, 1810-1815. Seven volumes. First editions of the first official collected printings of congressional acts, printed for use by the House and Senate, containing laws and treaties enacted under President Madison as the nation faced its first war since the ratification of the Constitution—the War of 1812, these exceptional association copies from the library of leading senator Stephen Row Bradley, whose powerful support for Madison was tested by strong opposition to the war, in scarce original wrappers. $4500.

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"WE ARE AT WAR… WAGED NOT IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS, BUT IN THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR OWN" (JAMES MADISON)

(MADISON, James) (U.S. CONGRESS). Message from the President, November 4, 1812 [including] Documents. Washington, 1812.

First edition, issued by official House printers, of Madison's powerful November 4, 1812 State of the Union Message to Congress on the War of 1812—"a watershed for the new nation… [with] a coming of age quality that has led many to call it a second war of independence"—containing extensive diplomatic correspondence between then-Secretary of State Monroe, along with an 1811 letter from Napoleon, a handsome uncut wide-margined copy, with original wrappers bound in. $2000.

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