Printed in Maine

Council journal of the first Legislative Assembly on Montana Territory convened at Bannack, December 12, 1864

Virginia City, Montana: D. W. Tilton & Co., 1866. 8vo, pp. 304; original printed brown wrappers; front wrapper loose, but present; 2½" x ½" stain on the front wrapper not touching any letterpress; all else very good. From OCLC: "After conducting a census of the territory, which he used to apportion the 7 seats of the Territorial Council and 13 seats of the House of Representatives, Territorial Governor Sidney Edgerton held the first territorial election on October 24, 1864. The first territorial legislature met from December 12, 1864 through February 9, 1865. They passed nearly 100 bills, but did not apportion seats in the legislature for future elections. The legislature contained an even distribution of Republicans and Democrats. Edgerton, a Republican, insisted that members of legislature swear to the "Iron Clad Oath," which included a statement that they had never borne arms against the U.S. Government. J. H. Rogers could not swear to the oath and was forced to resign his seat, creating immediate tension between Edgerton and the members of the legislature. The records of the First Territorial Legislative Assembly include the House journal; House and Council Committee reports, bills, and resolutions; and miscellany, including clippings of laws of Montana Territory, oaths of council and house employees, financial records, and petitions (re water rights near Virginia City and the Marysville Town Association Company). Graff 2860; McMurtrie, Montana 130 stating that this was actually printed in Maine! OCLC finds a single copy at University of Montana-Western. Item #54680

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