Washington: Way and Gideon, Printers, 1826. 24pp, printed document, disbound and lightly foxed. Trimmed a bit unevenly but no text affected. Contemporary pencil notations at page 22. Good+ or so.
The Canal in the Territory of Orleans, connecting Bayou St. John with the Old Basin, was called the Carondelet Canal. It was dug by order of Baron de Carondelet while Louisiana was under Spanish control. Sand bars and low water levels had rendered the mouth of the Bayou frequently impassable. Carondelet hoped a canal would solve the problem. After the United States purchased Louisiana, control of the Carondelet Canal passed to the Orleans Navigation Company. The Territorial Legislature chartered it in 1805 to improve the Bayou St. John for navigation, and authorized it to collect tolls.
The issue in this case was whether the Company had breached its duty to render the Canal navigable. This pamphlet prints testimony of witnesses; summarizes direct and cross examinations; prints a deposition transcript; discloses funds received by the Navigation Company [including toll receipts] and Company expenditures; and includes printed testimony for the State by "Alexis Rochon, free man of colour." The title page states: 'Note.- Judgment was given by the District Court, on the 27th February [crossed out, and written 'Novr.' in ink] 1821, for the defendants, and confirmed on appeal by the Supreme Court of the State on the 12th September, 1822].'
AI 26232 [1- PPL]. OCLC 13505352 [1- LSU] [as of July 2015]. Not in Cohen or Sabin. Item #29345