South Dakota - Journal for the First Session of the Senate in 1889-1890

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South Dakota. Legislature. Senate. Journal of the Senate of the First Session of the Legislature. January 1890. Pierre, SD: Journal Company, 1890.

First Edition. Binding: Hardcover (Quarter Leather). Book Condition: Good Condition. Item Type: Book.

Pagination: 1 l. [1]-838, 2 l. with errata and authentication notice, i-xx [Index].  Size: 9" -11" - Small Quarto (Sm. 4to).

In spite of the title, the journal actually begins with the initial meeting of the South Dakota Senate, which began at noon on Oct. 15, 1889, and met until Thursday, the 17th (pp. [3]-15). The first session largely consisted of the election of officers, the election and certification of the first U.S Senators for the state, R.F. Pettigrew and Gideon C. Moody (pp. 8-9, 11-14), and the first two resolutions: (1) to urge Congress to pass a bill providing “an appropriation for the purpose of making necessary surveys and of boring experimental artesian wells” as an initial step in creating “a system of irrigation” (p. 10) and (2) to have the governor, “as soon as the State is admitted into the Union,” appoint committees to “visit, investigate and examine each and every public, penal, charitable and educational institution in South Dakota” (p. 15).

The remainder of the journal reports on the actions by the Senate for the January 1890 session, which ran from Jan. 7 to March 7 and engaged in the business of setting up the state government (pp. [19]-838).

WordCat shows only one holding for the stand-alone volume at The British Library (OCLC 503943854), however there are other holdings for the series, including this first volume.

Quarter bound in a thin textured leather that is heavily worn and marbled paper over boards. The leather has worn through on the front hinge, though the underlying cloth is stll holding. The top 1 1/2" on the rear hinge is broken, as well. The leather at the corners is worn, exposing the boards. The title on the spine is barely legible.

The text block is tight and unmarked. The thin paper is tanned, especially around the outer edges. Light foxing in the rear Index pages, but the body of book is clean and unfoxed.

The original owner has written his name with a fountain pen at the top of the title page, along with the dates 1889 & 1899 and a number code of 1039.

Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz.

Inventory No: 1236.