Published by Washington, 1824
Broadside, 23 1/2 x 19 inches. Folded horizontally, with several old vertical folds. Slight wear and a few separations along folds; one chip at head, not affecting text. A couple patches of light staining. Very good. The rare first printing of James Monroe's final State of the Union address, the year after his famous delivery of the Monroe Doctrine. In his remarks Monroe calls for the final and permanent removal of Native Americans to the West, believing conflicts with the southern Indians to be unavoidable, and therefore their destruction inevitable without the enforcement of such a policy. "In their present state it is impossible to incorporate them in such masses, into any form whatever, into our system." He also restates the importance of the tenets of the Monroe Doctrine, while attempting to make clear his desire for "peaceful relations" with the European powers. Not in AMERICAN IMPRINTS, and with copies recorded by OCLC only at the British Library, New-York Historical Society, and New Jersey Historical Society.
Published by Washington, 1822
(21 1/2 x 15 inches). Text in five columns. Untrimmed, with deckle edges. (Minor dampstain in the top margin). First printing of Monroe's 1822 State of the Union address. Monroe's sixth annual message to Congress, includes much on foreign relations in South America and elsewhere, and is seen as an important precursor to his eponymous Monroe Doctrine, given in his State of the Union address of the following year. On the domestic side, of particular note is his marking the establishment of the Territorial Government in Florida and on Indian relations in the region, as well as on new surveys relating to the Cumberland Road. A rare broadside newspaper extra and the presumed first printing of this presidential address. Broadside newspaper extra, folio.