[Washington: 1803]. 5pp, later stitching. Light wear, Very Good.
[offered with] SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT...RELATIVE TO THE MEANS BY WHICH THE MAIL MAY BE CONVEYED WITH GREATER DISPATCH THAN AT PRESENT, BETWEEN THE CITY OF WASHINGTON & NATCHEZ AND NEW ORLEANS...12TH JANUARY, 1804. READ, AND REFERRED TO A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE, ON MONDAY NEXT. 1804]. 4pp, later stitching, light wear. Very Good.
"The late cession of Louisiana by France to the United States, renders it an object of primary importance to have the nearest and most expeditious mode of communication established, between the city of Washington and the city of New Orleans the capitol of that province." The Committee thus urges a post road from Washington, "to pass through or near the Tuckabachee settlement, to the Tombigby settlement in the Mississippi territory, and from thence to New Orleans. And further, that a post road ought also to be established from the said Tombigby settlement to Natchez." Recognizing, however, that the route includes "a distance of nearly four hundred miles, wholly uninhabited by citizens of the United States" in the Mississippi Territory, the Committee adds that the precise route cannot be determined "until this unimproved territory has been explored."
FIRST EDITIONS. AI 5472 , 7633 . Item #11298