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Special Joint Comm. on the F. Bryant Memorial. Report, 1841
House No. 66 On March 2, 1841, a Special Joint Committee reported on a memorial about coal mines. The memorial was long and detailed, providing
anything there was to know about coal in Massachusetts, but it was not in this document. Thanks to the geological map of the State, it was determined
that there was good quality coal in a field of around 400 square miles in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Because it was close, it was much cheaper
than Pennsylvania coal. The memorial listed all the ways coal could be used in the state, especially because the state currently spent about $5,000/day
importing coal. However, because of the small farms and patchwork land holdings, it was difficult to launch a large operation. A bill written in
1839 would have established a Commission and the state would have funded a demonstration pit with a cross ways gallery so large areas could be tapped.
The coal removed would be taxed until the costs of excavation were recovered. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee. This Committee thought the
effort was important, but it was too late in the session this year. It should be on the top of the pile for next year's session. (Digitized from a
microfilm copy of title originally held by the Library of Congress).
Title:   The special joint committee, to whom were referred the memorial of Foster Bryant, concerning the coal mines of Massachusetts, and the petition of the inhabitants of Bristol county, in aid of the same, having performed the duty assigned them, respectfully report ...
OCLC Number:   1422022428
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