Facts and Arguments in Favour of Adopting Railways in Preference to Canals, in the State of Pennsylvania
New York: Arno Press, 1970.
Illustrated by Illustrated. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good- with no dust jacket. Item #14435
Library stamps/marks/labels/pocket/slip, sunning, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover.; Facsimile reprint of 1825 Fourth Edition, Philadelphia: William Fry, Printer. "At the present moment the attention of the citizens of Pennsylvania is occupied by the subject of internal improvements. All are impressed with the importance and necessity of effecting a communication between the eastern and western divisions of the commonwealth. ... If the view of this question, presented in this pamphlet, be correct, the benefit which will result to Pennsylvania will be of incalculable value. The delay in effecting a canal from Pittsburg to Philadelphia, which has so frequently been the subject of regret to teh friends of internal improvement, will then prove a benefit of the greatest magnitude to our State. The wealth and enterprize of New York and Ohio will have been expended almost in vain, if Pennsylvania should adopt a railway communication between the Ohio and the Delaware - for this route must inevitably become the great highway for intercourse between the eastern and western States." - Introduction. ""Attributed to George Washington Smith and also erroneously to Mathew Carey and to William Strickland. Parts of the text and the illustrations are identical with "Internal improvments: rail roads, canals, bridges, & c"., attributed to Mathew Carey. Cf. Rink, E. Technical Americana, no. 5830." Frederick Albert Cleveland, Fred Wilbur Powell; Railroad Promotion and Capitalization in the United States 1909, page 328. Joseph Sabin; A Dictionary of Books Relating to America; 82593. George Washington Smith was the founder of the Pennsylvania Historical Society; his father was a member of the Continental Congress and Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. An influential work in the debate in Pennsylvania over funding railways instead of canals.; The Rise Of Urban America; Ex-Library; 68 pages.