MEMORIAL OF CYRUS W. FIELD.| TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:| THE MEMORIAL OF CYRUS W. FIELD, A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPECTFULLY REPRESENTS:| 1. THAT HE IS DESIROUS OF FURNISHING INCREASED AND CHEAP FACILITIES FOR TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE WEST INDIA ISLANDS, AND TO THIS END HE DESIRES TO LAY, CONSTRUCT, LAND, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE TELEGRAPHIC OR MAGNETIC LINES OR CABLES IN AND OVER THE WATERS, REEFS, ISLANDS, SHORES, AND LANDS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES, FROM THE SHORES OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO THE ISLAND OF CUBA; AND ALSO TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE A LINE OR LINES OF TELEGRAPH IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, WHICH SHALL CONNECT SUCH SUBMARINE CABLE OR CABLES WITH THE EXISTING TELEGRAPH LINES OF THE UNITED STATES...

Washington? 1870. Folio, 8.5" x 14". [3], [1 blank] pp, folded. Caption title [as issued]. A few old folds, minor dusting at edges, a few very tiny closed tears at center fold [no text loss]. Very Good.

Field seeks to undo the International Ocean Telegraph Company's monopoly, which Florida and Spain had granted in 1866, for providing telegraphic communication between Florida and Cuba. The connection, completed in 1867, became a subsidiary of Western Union in 1873 and continued in operation well into the 20th century.
Field accuses the Telegraph Company of "imposing a discriminatory charge upon all foreign business passing over its lines." He asks that Congress repeal the monopoly and prevail upon Spain to do the same. He offers immediately to construct land lines and lay cables to connect Cuba with Florida, and never to charge more than one quarter the rates imposed by the Telegraph Company. He further proposes to purchase the lines of the existing company, and to charge the press half-rate for messages "containing political and general news for publication."
Library of Congress, Printed Ephemera Collection, Portfolio 206, Folder 7. Not on OCLC as of October, 2014. Item #31484

Price: $600.00

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