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Senate. Comm. on Railways and Canals. Report on why mail is not carried on the Western Rail-road, 1842
Senate No. 47 On February 15, 1842, the Committee on Railways and Canals, in response to an order, submitted a report: Before 1840, the mail had
been carried by stagecoach between Worcester and Springfield for $3,000/year. When the contract expired, the railroad arranged with the coach company
to take over the transport and billed the Postmaster General for a considerably higher sum. That sum was paid, but once the contract was over, the
Postmaster balked at the price the railroad wanted to continue service. The mail was caught in the middle. Equipped with subpoena powers, the
Committee acted as mediator. It heard from all the parties, did the math, and recommended the Western Railroad accept the Postmaster General's offer.
(Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Library of Congress).
Title:   Ordered, that the Committee on Railways and Canals be instructed to inquire into, and report the reasons why the mail is not carried upon the Western Rail-road, with a statement of the price required by said rail-road corporation for the transportation of mails ... .
OCLC Number:   1414656861
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