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Collection Reference Number GLC02504.32
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1839 
Title Harrison Otis to George Ashmun on the opening of the Western Railroad
Date 30 September 1839
Author Otis, Harrison Gray (1765-1848)  
Recipient Ashmun, George  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Otis, a former Massachusetts Congressman, declines an invitation from Massachusetts State Senator Ashmun, a member of the committee making arrangements for the Western Railroad Festival. Declares that the opening of the Western Railroad "is destined to have a more decisive and permanent bearing upon the prosperity of Massachusetts than all the measures of public improvement that have been adopted from its first settlement."
Subjects American Statesmen  Railroad  Holidays and Celebrations  Transportation  Commerce  
People Ashmun, George (1804-1870)  Otis, Harrison Gray (1765-1848)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Merchants & Commerce; Industry; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information The Western Railroad Festival commemorated the opening of the railroad between Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859