Washington? 1870. Folio, 8.5" x 14". , [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