SPEECH OF WILLIAM M. HALL, OF NEW YORK. IN FAVOR OF A NATIONAL RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC, AT THE GREAT CHICAGO CONVENTION, JULY 7, 1847. ALSO A REVIEW OF THE TEHUANTEPEC ROUTE, EMBRACING THE FAMOUS GARAY GRANT, SLOO CONTRACT, AND OTHER ROUTES AND PLANS. 1853.

New York: Printed at the Day Book Female Type Setting Establishment, 1853. 68pp, disbound, stapled. Title page dusted, waterstain running through text. Good.

This is the "enlarged" edition of Hall's Speech, advocating "the route proposed by George Wilkes." Howes. If the transcontinental railroad is implemented and if "the magnetic telegraph should be added to this comprehensive scheme... in less than fifty years, we shall behold in our beloved country, a government holding the preponderance of power, owning a population of a hundred millions, with a central capital in the great valley of the Missisippi [sic], commanding from its neuclas [sic] of power an electric communication over three millions square miles... that will realize at last the fondest dreams of the millennium."
The printer of this pamphlet, the Day Book Female Type Setting Establishment, was born as the result of a strike by the New York Typographical Union; the Day Book's management had rejected the Union's demands for higher pay in 1853. In place of the striking typesetters, The Day Book hired four young women at eight to ten dollars weekly. [Stevens: NEW YORK TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION NUMBER SIX: STUDY OF A MODERN TRADE UNION. 1913.]
Howes H91. 39 Decker 315. Sabin 29862. Not in Hudak. Item #27799

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