To the people of the United States [drop title]. Asa Whitney, Robert Dale Owen.
To the people of the United States [drop title]

To the people of the United States [drop title]

[N.p. 1845]. 8vo, pp. 12; self-wrappers; near fine. From an American Art Association sale from 1926 comes the following description: The present copy Is the earliest of Whitney's writings--probably the first--on the Transcontinental Project. Asa Whitney was one of the earliest to recognize the necessity of a railroad to the Pacific and the first to suggest its feasibility, and from 1845 to 1850 urged it upon Congress, the Legislatures of the several States, and the public, by personal influence and his writings. On January 28, 1845 he addressed a Memorial to Congress, which was laid before a Committee on Roads and Canals; the Committee reported on the project under date of March 3, 1845, their report being read and laid on the table, and it was not taken up again until 1846. "The present work is addressed to the People of the United States and is dated May 5, 1846 [sic]; followed by his Memorial to Congress on a National Railroad, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, dated January 28, 1845; then follows the Report by the Committee on Roads and Canals, Rep. No. 198. Railroad to Oregon. March 3, 1845, by Robert Dale Owen, chairman. At the end of his address To the People of the United States is a four-line note "To Editors of Newspapers" which reads: "As this is a subject which all our country is interested in, and a work by which not only all our country but all mankind will be benefited, I feel that I am not asking too much in requesting editors of all newspapers to give it a place, and make it as public as possible. A. Whitney." Item #54248

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