[Washington? 1832]. 27, [1 blank] pp. Stitched, with caption title [as issued]. Light scattered foxing. Bit of wear to the first page, which affects a couple of title letters. Else Very Good. Signed, 'Honorable John W. Taylor House of Representatives', probably the Congressman from Saratoga County, New York.
Mayor of the City of Georgetown, Cox responds to the Potomac Bridge Company concerning "the important navigation of the Potomac river." The City had opposed unsuccessfully the construction of the Long Bridge across the River, arguing that the bridge injured its commercial prospects and hindered the river channel. After an 1829 storm destroyed the bridge, the Company sold its interests to the United States, which sought to construct a new bridge. The City feared that the bridge would deflect commerce to Virginia and take it away from Georgetown; it therefore sought funds to improve the Potomac's navigation between Georgetown and Alexandria.
Cox's Memorial, which includes information on the Virginia and Maryland land cessions creating Georgetown and Washington, presents the case for the City in this rare imprint.
Bryan 53. OCLC 82340294 [3- AAS, LCP, NYHS] [as of 1/12]. Not located in Marke, BEAL, or Harv. Law Cat. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt. Item #25832