Speech of John M. Clayton of Delaware: Delivered in the Senate of the United States on the 8th of March, 1853, in Vindication of the Central American Treaty Concluded with Great Britain on the 19th of April, 1850

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Kirkwood & McGill, 1853 - 43 sidor
 

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