[Springfield, IL: 1854]. 16pp. At head of title: "18th Assem.] ILLINOIS. [2d Session." An untrimmed, uncut, leaf folded to 8vo. Table showing the progress of the Illinois Central Railroad at page 16 is foxed. Otherwise, widely scattered foxing, Good+. An entirely unsophisticated copy.
Joel Matteson was Governor of Illinois from 1853 to 1857. Afterwards he was President of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. This rare Message describes the rapid growth of Illinois, particularly its abundance of railroad lines, the richness of its coal fields, the maturation of its internal improvements. "We hold the key to a vast portion of the great trade of western commerce, which finds its transit over the extended railways of the country." Matteson lauds "the wide, free spirit of the hospitable west," which enables Illinois to make common cause with its neighbors in the great westward expansion of the country.
Not in Byrd, Sabin, Eberstadt, Graff. Not located on OCLC as of December 2014. Item #31640