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Charter and by-laws of the Texas & Pacific Railway Company

Charter and by-laws of the Texas & Pacific Railway Company

8vo, pp. 76; manuscript list of 9 directors tipped in after the title page, several informed annotations in pencil by an early reader, only 3 in OCLC; bound with: A Bill to be entiled An Act to Adjust and Define the Rights of the Pacific & Texas Railway Company within the State of Texas [drop title], n.p., [1873], pp. 12, not found in OCLC; bound with: Charter and By-Laws of the California and Texas Railway Construction Company, Philadelphia: Review Printing House, 1872, pp. 23, [1]; two manuscript corrections to the printed board of directors; Yale only in OCLC; bound with: Constitution of the State of Texas, adopted by the Constitutional Convention Convened under the Reconstruction Acts of Congress. Austin: J. G. Tracy, 1871, pp. 78; bound with: a single manuscript leaf in pencil titled "Land Amendment to the Constituion," and beginning "That section six of article ten of the Constitution of the State of Texas as be so amended as hereafter to read as follows."; bound with: Notes on Texas and the Texas Pacific Railway. Philadelphia, 1873, pp. 48, with a large folding hand-colored map of Texas and its railroads by G. W. and C. B. Colton dated 1873, 5 in OCLC; bound with: Texas & Pacific Railway Co. [drop title], 19, [1], 2 in OCLC; bound with: Annual Report of the President of the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, New York: George W. Wheat, 1873, pp. 11, [1]; bound with: The Texas and Pacific Railway: its Route, Progress, and Land Grants. New York: Office of the Texas & Pacific Railway Co., 1872, pp. 40; bound with: Forney, John W., What I Saw in Texas [drop title], pp. [5]-92, folding map, wood-engraved illustrations (several full-page), wrappers wanting; bound with: First Annual Report to the Board of Directors of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company chartered by the State of Texas, New York: American Railroad Journal Office, 1856, pp. 71, [1]; bound with: eleven Exhibits of the Circuit Court of the United States, Fifth Circuit, Western District of Texas, pp. [38]; bound with: Land Grant Mortgage of the Memphis, El Paso and Pacific Railroad Company for the First 150 Miles [drop title], pp. [10], not found in OCLC; bound with: Land Grant Mortgage of the Memphis, El Paso and Pacific Railroad Company for the Second 150 Miles [drop title], pp. [12], SMU only in OCLC; bound with: An Ordinance Granting Land to Actual Settlers, to Purchasers of Land., pp. [6], signed at the end in ink by James M. Daniel of Lamar County, he the principle assistant engineer of the Memphis, El Paso and Pacific Railroad Company, not found in OCLC; bound with: By-laws and Organization for Conducting the Business of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Philadelphia: E. C. Markley & Son, 1872, pp. 41, [1]. Together, 16 titles in contemporary half brown morocco, scuffed, upper joint cracked.The owner’s name, Wm. A. Wallace at the base of the spine, Wallace who served in the Pennsylvania State Senate and was its speaker in 1871, and served as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1875 to 1881.
Autograph manuscript signed "Elihu Burritt

Autograph manuscript signed "Elihu Burritt," entitled Ocean Penny Postage

Burritt, Elihu Small 8vo (approx. 8" x 5"), 2 pages; small gouges in the left margin affecting a few words, but a neat hand and legible. Burritt railed against the ocean postage rates between England and America: "A few thoughts on ocean penny postage, a subject which must interest directly and deeply many of your readers, and millions on both sides of the Atlantic. Perhaps you are aware that the project of reducing the transit charge on letters from any part of Great Britain to any post beyond the sea, to one penny or two cents, has been mooted in this country for several years. It has now asured the character of a measure of urgent necessity and vast importance; and is about to be brought forward in Parliament, backed by almost unanimous sympathy and suffrage of all political parties and all classes of society. In fact, no opposition to this great postal reform has manifested itself in any quarter . To make an Ocean Penny Postage universal, coextensive with the globe, the sympathy and conscience of the people and governments of all maritime countries in Christendom are requisite. For, to realize completely the system proposed, whatever be the distance or direction, or under whatever flag a letter may be conveyed, the single service of its mere transit from any port of one country to any port of another, must be performed for one penny." Burritt goes on to criticize postal rates in England, France, and Germany as well. Burritt (1810-1879) was an American diplomat and peace activist who organized the Brusels Peace Conference in 1848. Burritt advocated that Britain, which introduced the Uniform Penny Post in 1840, should introduce an international "ocean penny post" and reduce the cost from one shilling (12 pence) to threepence. He argued this would increase international correspondence, trade, and hence universal brotherhood. He urged the use of illustrated propaganda envelopes. Postal rates were gradually reduced, but his objective was not entirely achieved in his lifetime.
To the voters of Berkeley

To the voters of Berkeley, Jefferson & Clarke

Faulkner, Charles James Folio broadside approx. 19" x 13"; repaired tear on verso and a couple of minor pinholes; previous folds; very good. Hummel, Virginia Broadsides, 495 (locating only the West Virginia copy and a photocopy at Virginia; not found in OCLC. Text in quadruple column under a running head, by one Charles James Faulkner who was running for Congress: "To the voters of Berkeley, Jefferson & and Clarke, My name has been placed before you as a candidate for a seat in the approaching Convention of Virginia . extend the right of suffrage to every male citizen . All have their duties to perform in peace and war . apportionment of Representation . should be had to the white population exclusively . I am then a supporter of what is familiarly known as the White Basis . Property is of a great and vital interest of society . The great mass of slave property of this state is situated behind the Blue Ridge Mountain and the Ocean . This property can only be rendered safe from unjust exactions, so long as that section of the State holds the exclusive control of its policy." Faulkner (1806-84) was born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), represented Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives (1851-59). During the Civil War he served in the Confederate Army as Assistant Adjutant General to General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. After the war he was engaged in railroad enterprises and represented West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives (1875-77).
Lines on the Death of Luther Little

Lines on the Death of Luther Little, Jr. and Amos R. Little of Marshfield

Church, David F.] One-page folio manuscript approx. 12" x 7¼", a hand-written elegiac poem probably written by David F. Church of Marshfield, Massachusetts, whose name appears on the verso. The poem is in 20 stanzas in double column (and an additional 4 stanzas in the right margin), and mourns the tragic deaths of two young cousins; Luther Little and Amos R. Little, of Marshfield. It is, apparently, unpublished. Some spotting, previous folds. "As they went out to spend a morning hour / In request of finding game / His disorder got full power / of his distracted brain." The poem ends with a warning, the gist of which is to improve their minds for the best and, in essence, that all should prepare to meet thy maker. The tragic story behind the poem is as follows: "Amos R. Little had a cousin, Luther Little, who had been in a melancholy, deranged state of mind for some time, whom he had taken to his house, hoping to be instrumental of affording him relief. On the morning of August 2, 1815, they crossed the north river from Marshfield into Scituate, with their guns. Not returning so soon as they were expected, search was made for them in the afternoon, and during the night, and at the dawn of the next morning their lifeless corpses were found, side by side, in a neighbouring pasture in Scituate. Amos was lying on his face with his gun loaded by his side, and some whortleberries in his hand. From the circumstances it appeared that Luther, in a fit of derangement, had shot Amos, and then loaded his gun and shot himself. The guns were heard about an hour after they crossed the river. Amos was aged 22 years and Luther 26. Cf. Selections from the diary and other writings of Mrs. Almira Torrey. To which is added a sermon delivered at her funeral, by Almira Torrey, by John Butler, pastor of the Baptist Church in Hanover (Boston, 1823).
The times: or chaos has come again. A serio-comic poem. Respectfully dedicated to the people of the southern states (?) by the author

The times: or chaos has come again. A serio-comic poem. Respectfully dedicated to the people of the southern states (?) by the author

Marshall, J. U. 12mo, pp. 24; a poem in iambic pentameter consisting of 110 stanzas, broadly based around the impeachment of Andrew Jackson and resentment towards the North and reconstruction. Original printed paper wrappers, light chipping to corners and extremities, spine repaired with paper tape, light spotting, very good. While the focus of the poem appears to be Jackson’s impeachment, Marshall takes the opportunity to cover a number of popular complaints by the South during reconstruction. Interspersed with lamentation over the fallen fortunes of the Confederates are invectives against many Northern politicians, including Radical Republicans Thaddeus Stevens and Benjamin Wade, who are described as being damned by sin, and William Gannaway Brownlow, who’s efforts to enfranchise black citizens are referenced with the following stanzas: "Freed ‘manhood’ has its chartered rights, / and who shall question, should it dare, / In scorn of work, to pillage whites? . Like parson Brownlow, in a godly rage, / Have they not sworn eternal war to wage?" Also in the cross-hairs are Grant, and Benjamin Butler, referred here by the Southern moniker Haynau Butler. Washington bureaucracy is targeted generally, along with rapacious Northern opportunists, who are bringing only criminals "W—res" and the like down to take advantage of the chaos. "Oh they are legion! in our streets / Their glibness we have heard disclose / Of liberty the varied sweets. / Their wealth, indeed, one hardly knows — / A box of collars, spangled with fly dirt, / A carpet bag, two dickies, and a shirt!" 3 only in OCLC as of March 2019.
Four manuscript depositions regarding Pequot Indian land

Four manuscript depositions regarding Pequot Indian land

Rose, Thomas Four folio leaves in a naive but legible hand; Rose advocates for the Pequots in these depositions, claiming that apple trees on Indian land have been fenced in by one Dean "and he hath taken in a Greate many of thayer choyce apple trees and when the apples was fit to get pek he sent his man with a cart and he got six loads of the indians apples . some young fellows comes to thayor house & thay say will you sell us some apple trees if you will I will give you two schillings . and its not like that them fellows ever had an apple tree . its the poor squaws that plant ye apple trees and tends them you know that the Granton [Groton?] people have laid out all the indian land and Humphrey have a great past hand out to them." Further references in subsequent documents to Governor [Joseph] Talcot, the people of Growton, "the general court to grant to them [the Pequots] a prearranged right," and "these men have cut down all ye timber in the first place and in the second place they cut down all thayer trees and poals for thayer own use; in the third place they cut down all thayer white trees that would ship timber and sell all the staves and ship timber to make money to thayer selves." References also to Captain Peavy, Captain Morgon, Stonington, New London, Narragansetts, Mistick River, India Point, etc. "Honorible gentlemen may it please you to restore to us our lands to us again, we humbly pray your honors to grant us a pattin for our lands. Gentlemen here is the bounds of our land beginning at a small black oak then running on an east point to the Winthrop Pine swamp, then runing south by the pine swamp to the south end, the running to Lanthorn Rd, the turtning southward to the mouth of the Mistick River." Thomas Rose was included in list of sketches of "others having original home-lots and all the privileges of first proprietors" in History of Norwich, Connecticut, by Frances Manwaring Caulkins, 1874. "Thomas Rose was an early settler in the southern part of Preston. His name acquired notoriety from the situation of his dwelling house. A large oak tree near the house was a noted boundary mark between Norwich and New London, standing as a stately warder precisely at the southeast corner of Norwich. It was directly upon the line running east from the head of Poquetannock Cove to the bounds of Stonington, and is referred to in several surveys, acts, and patents."