Washington DC: T. Barnard, Printer, 1846. 8vo. 16 pp. + final blank. Extracted from a bound volume. Title-page inscription cropped, but clearly signed by the author, another inscription on verso of final blank. Preserved in a mylar L-sleeve. Very good. Item #3287
THE WIDOW OF SOUTHWEST EXPLORER GEN. ZEBULON MONTGOMERY PIKE SEEKS HER RIGHTFUL PENSION. PRESENTATION COPY from the author of the petition AMOS HOLTON.
This application for a government pension for Clara Pike includes interesting details on her husband's career and explorer, and accomplishments, as well as the disposition of his library and papers. Clara Pike, the daughter of Governor John Brown of Kentucky, accompanied her husband during the War of 1812 campaign. The author of the present petition, Amos Holton, also served with Pike.
The note to Wagner-Camp 9 has the following: “Dec. 16, 1808, a committee of Congress appointed for the purpose of inquiring what compensation ought to be made to Capt. Pike and his companions recommended that compensation should be made, but apparently Congress took no further action, as in 1846 Amos Holton brought before Congress the case of Mrs. Clara H. Pike [...] in which Holton asserts no compensation had ever been granted.” Congress again recommended compensation, which had been made in the case of Lewis and Clark.
Not in Plains & Rockies, but see entry 9 of the 1953 edition for details on this petition. Not in Sabin. The last copy on the market was the Holliday copy at Parke Bernet (April 20-21, 1954), possibly identical to the one that appeared in Godspeed's 1939 and 1954 catalogue, and then rebound in cloth. These are the only two records of this book that appear in RBH, which currently has more than 10 million records in the Rare Book Transaction History database.