Rules for the government and council of Minnesota territory, and joint rules of the council and house, adopted at a session of the Legislature, commenced September 3, 1849.

Rules for the government and council of Minnesota territory, and joint rules of the council and house, adopted at a session of the Legislature, commenced September 3, 1849.

Saint Paul: James M. Goodhue, printer, 1849. 16mo, pp. 15, [1]; original plain brown printed wrappers, fine. A very early - if not the first - piece of printing in Minnesota, exclusive of newspapers. Of the 14 pieces of printing identified by Martin in her Checklist of Minnesota Imprints, 1849-1865, only two items (Martin 6 and 8), broadside proclamations by territorial governor Ramsey bear an earlier date on the title-p. and one other (Rules for the Government of the House of Representatives) bears the same date. Includes standing rules for the legislative council, rules of order and procedure of the two Houses and a list of the standing committees of the Council, and joint committees of the House of Representatives. Rare. 100 copies were ordered printed. Martin 11 (MHS only). Jerabek 66 (identifying this as the first publication of the territorial legislature). Kreidberg, Fragments of Early Printing ... in the Territory and State of Minnesota, p. 18: "The first public territorial issuance put into type was a booklet dated September 3, 1849, which appeared under James M. Goodhue's imprint. In fifteen pages of hand-set type, the territorial printer produced the Rules for the Government of the Council of Minnesota Territory..." Item #7441

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