A refutation, by his friends, of the calumnies against David Henshaw, in relation to the failure of the Commonwealth Bank, and the transfer of South Boston lands to the United States.

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A refutation, by his friends, of the calumnies against David Henshaw, in relation to the failure of the Commonwealth Bank, and the transfer of South Boston lands to the United States.

Boston: published by Seals & Greene, 1844. Large 8vo, pp. [3], 4-60; plain green wrappers; back wrapper wanting, front starting; some dampstaining and foxing throughout; corners curled; otherwise good. David Henshaw (1791-1852) was the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1843-1844. He was appointed as Acting Secretary by President Tyler during a Congressional recess, but upon returning, Congress did not approve his official nomination on the justification that Henshaw politically advocated for free bridges in Boston as a means of increasing the value of lands he owned. In this publication Henshaw's allies argue that the Senate falsely accused him of this unethical activity in order to justify rejecting his nomination. They argue that the Senate's decision stemmed from partisan opposition to the Tyler Administration. American Imprints 44-5254; Sabin 31423. Item #57261

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