[PERU] "Regulations of the exploring expedition to the Rivers Madre de Dios and Purus" [caption title].

A manuscript document listing 11 articles of governance fo an American party heading into Peru and toward its southeastern border with Brazil for some unspecified commercial purpose, signed in Callao, 25 July 1855, by John D. McCaffrey as recording secretary and 30 members of the company, including S.G. Hatch, the commander, A.G. Wingfield, his lieutenant, R.D. Barker, M.D.; "declined going"is written in beside two names. Based on previous experience "on a similar expedition through the country," the very articulately composed document comprises seven articles concerning behavior toward local citizens and Indian tribes, others set up rules for electing officers, settling disputes, regisering "place of residence in the U.S." so that next of kin might receive "moneys due him in case of his death," etc. Folio. 4pp., folded. Item #47541

An intriguing document from the age of American filibustering, although there is no evidence given here that the expedition intended any mischief against the Peruvian government.

Price: $750.00

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