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An Appeal to the Good Sense of the Legislature and the Community in Favor of a New Bridge to South Boston

An Appeal to the Good Sense of the Legislature and the Community in Favor of a New Bridge to South Boston

A Citizen [Henshaw, David (?)] 22 pp, complete with original wrappers, but with the stiching perished, so gatherings are loose. Pink staining to front wrapper, edgewear, otherwise very good. Scarce pamphlet criticizing monopolies in general and, more specifically, the factions who opposed a new (toll-free) bridge in Boston because it would be detrimental to the interests of those holding a charter (and collecting tolls) for the existing (Charles River) bridge. Moser's Daniel Webster bibliography attributes this eloquently written pamphlet to Massachusetts State Senator David Henshaw (1791-1852). We have not been able to confirm this, but it seems reasonable, given that he was one of the leaders of the Democratic Party in Boston, belonged to a group of real estate investors who would benefit from population growth spurred by the proposed new bridge, and "represented the growing group of Bostonians who were shut out from the traditionally privileged class" (Haines and Sherwood, Supreme Court in American Government and Politics, p. 32). Daniel Webster was one of the attorney representing the interests of the Charles River Bridge Company, which was incorporated in 1785. Ultimately, in a landmark decision in favor of free enterprise (Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge, 1837) the Unites States Supreme Court ruled that the charter of the Charles River Bridge Company did not exclude the state of Massachusetts from chartering another bridge nearby.
Single Issue of a Dual-Language Madagascar Newspaper dated 15 November 1892

Single Issue of a Dual-Language Madagascar Newspaper dated 15 November 1892, Reporting on the Death of U.S. Vice-Consul Richard M. Whitney and Accompanied by an ALS to Whitney’s Brother Giving an Account of his Death

MADAGASCAR] Four-page newspaper with the first page containing articles in English under the masthead of The Madagascar Mail, the second page containing ads in both English and French, and the final two pages containing articles in French under the masthead of Le Courrier de Madagascar. 12.5 x 18.5 inches, on newsprint. In delicate condition, with some small losses.The English and French articles are entirely different (not translations of the same material). The English section includes a lengthy article on the death of Richard M. Whitney, a Massachusetts businessman and Civil War veteran who had lived in Madagascar for 22 years and was Vice-Consul at the time of his death from "Malagasy fever" at the age of 53. The article describes Whitney as a man of great integrity and much-loved member of the community and says "the whole male population of Tamatave" turned out for his funeral. With the newspaper is a two page ALS from a local man to Whitney's brother, giving details of his final hours and the disposition of his possessions. The remainder of the English section of the paper and most of the French section is devoted to political and legal matters. By 1892, France had invaded Madagascar and the British had accepted the imposition of a French protectorate on the island, but French authority was not yet acknowledged by the government of Madagascar. The Madagascar Mail/Courrier de Madagascar appears to have been published from 1891 to 1894. We locate only one institutional holding, at the Biblioteque Nationale.