8vo. iv, 44 pp. Unbound in cloth slipcase. Very good overall.
First edition of this reply to the Memoir which Robert Greenhow prepared for the Department of State and published in 1840 (cf. Graff 1653), presenting the claims of the United States to the Oregon Territory. “The writer of the following disquisition... proposes to shew, from materials furnished by the Americans themselves, that the claim of Great Britain to the Oregon territory is superior to theirs.” The categories touched upon are ‘Discovery,’ ‘settlement,’ ‘contiguity,’ and ‘Convention.’ Thom argues that ‘Convention,’ the various treaties, give the whole “to England by a title paramount to all... while it gives to America nothing.” This was obviously not the last word, but it is a succinct and forceful presentation of the British case.
* Howes T-161; Sabin 95,370; on Thom, cf. Dictionary of Canadian Biography XI: 874-877; TPL (Suppl.)