Half-sheet 4to. 7 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Folded, browned, old ink stains. Item #46546
Bates had an important career in the developing Missouri Territory, serving as acting governor three times before winning his own term, and serving as secretary, first of Louisiana Territory, 1806-1812, then as secretary of Missouri Territory, 1812-1820. "He was mainly responsible for the revision of the territorial code, and in 1808 published a compilation of the laws of Louisiana Territory, the first book printed in what is now the state of Missouri" (DAB).