Logo of LLMC Digital present on all screens.  Clicking here will always return to Homepage
A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit committed to ‘saving the law’
prd server 2Book Bag
Description and Holding Information
Select Joint Comm. on the Town of Mansfield's Petition. Report and bill relating to the coal mines of the State, 1842
House No. 19 Papers relating to the coal mines of the state. [128 p.] In 1839, the Town of Mansfield and others petitioned for state aid to
develop the coal mines in their area. The state geological map showed 400 square miles of potential coal fields, so if the state could support a survey to
determine the quality and accessibility of the mineral, there might be a flourishing industry supplying railroads, steamships, and entire cities.
The coal was thought be be anthracite--the best kind. There were four viable beds in Mansfield. There was a comparison with the activity of the
Pennsylvania coal fields and the economies of that state and Great Britain. On p. 19 An Act to provide for developing the coal mines of the state, 1839.
Three Commissioners were to look at the coal samples, pick a coal pit location, buy property, and sink a pit with a loan of $150,000. There followed a
report by the State Geologist. There was a paper about Pennsylvania coal, descriptions about how coal occurs, how to extract it, and how to
distribute it. On p. 44, there was a report of a Special Joint Committee of 1841 that discussed the foregoing documents. The bill had never been enacted,
but it should be revived. There was a memorial urging action and a long discussion of coal formation and the economics of extraction and distribution.
Many other documents followed with repetitive information. One even discussed iron production in Pennsylvania. No current bill was included.
(Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Library of Congress).
Title:   Papers relating to the coal mines of the state.
OCLC Number:   795783945
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
Vol. 1YesNo