London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1844. First printing. Unbound, tied with string. Octavo. iv, 44 pages. Fine, with just slight toning.
Thom was a British Crown judicial officer, and makes a very able argument in favor of British ownership of the Oregon Territory. He refutes the American claims advanced by Robert Greenhow in his 1840 Memoir of the Northwest Coast.
This pamphlet was published in the thick of the Oregon boundary dispute. With the outbreak of war between the United States and Mexico in April 1846, the Americans could no longer afford the distraction and risk of a possible second war, and the Oregon question was finally settled along the 49th Parallel by the Oregon Treaty signed in June of 1846.
Ref. WHALE 1508; HOWES T161.