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Asa Whitney's proposal for a railroad to the Pacific  

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Memorial of A. Whitney, Praying a grant of public land to enable him to construct a railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific ocean

Whitney, Asa





10 pp. Untitled folding copper-engraved map in the rear showing Whitney's railroad route. (8vo) 22.5x14.5 cm (8¾x5¾"), stitched sheets. First Edition.

Asa Whitney was the first promoter to put forward a concrete proposal for a railroad to the Pacific. A New England merchant, Whitney lost his shirt in the Panic of 1837, went to China and made a fortune in trade, and returned to America convinced of the need for a rail "Passage to India." He proposed that Congress grant him land along the proposed right-of-way, which he could then sell off to finance the line. The memorial is illustrated with a map of the United States, showing the route Whitney proposed. Wheat Transmississippi West III, p. 187 (note).

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Light wear and toning, some foxing; overall very good.

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