Washington [D.C.]: A. & G. Way, Printers, 1806. 20 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. A very good or better copy with offsetting on a few leaves. Sabin 61822. Shaw & Shoemaker 11622. Item #37538
A petition by prominent Philadelphia merchans asking for regulations on the fur trade with the Indians. While a Congressional Act had established trading posts among the Indian in 1796, with all the buying and selling through local agents, the petitioning merchants suggested that these dealings were rigged and that the best furs were exported, hurting American manufacturers. They argued for public auctions. Statistical information on the state of the trade in many posts such as Chicago, Detroit, Arkansas, St. Louis, is provided. Last at auction in 1919. OCLC shows ten copies: Columbia, NY State Lib, Yale, Boston Athenaeum, Penn. Comm Lib., UVA, AAS, Univ. Mich., NH Hist. Soc.