Petition of Lewis A. Tarascon, (and others), Praying the Opening of a Wagon Road, from the River Missouri, North of the River Kansas, to the River Columbia. [with:] BAYARD, William. Memorial of Sundry Merchants, (and others,) Citizens of New York, Praying Congress Take into Consideration the Subject of Piracies Committed on the Commerce of the United States, by Vessels from the Island of Cuba.

Washington, D.C: Printed by Gales & Seaton by order of the Senate of the United States (18th Congress, 2nd Session), 1824.

12,4 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Modern three quarter green morocco, gilt-lettered spine. Scattered foxing. Very good. Graff 4067; American Imprints 18939; Eberstadt 163:499. Item #236943

"The first detailed wagon road project for spanning the continent, Tarascon proposed to build a wagon road sixty feet wide from a point north of the Kansas River on the Missouri all the way west to the Pacific Ocean. Bridges were to be built and ferries established by the 'Missouri and Columbia Road Company' which was to receive compensation 40 square miles on either side of the road. Indian title to the land was to be extinguished by the government and the company was to have the privilege of trading for furs. The advantages accruing to the Nation are enthusiastically enumerated" - Eberstadt.

The second document is a memorial from the citizens of New York to the Commerce Committee of Congress to take action against vessels from Cuba engaged in piracy, rendering trade in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean treacherous. Not in Kress or Goldsmith's.

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