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Otis, Harrison G. (1765-1848) to George Ashmun

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02504.32 Author/Creator: Otis, Harrison G. (1765-1848) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 September 1839 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Otis, a former Massachusetts Congressman, declines an invitation from Massachusetts State Senator Ashmun, a member of the committee making arrangements for the Western Railroad Festival. Declares that the opening of the Western Railroad "is destined to have a more decisive and permanent bearing upon the prosperity of Massachusetts than all the measures of public improvement that have been adopted from its first settlement."

Background Information: The Western Railroad Festival commemorated the opening of the railroad between Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts.

People: Ashmun, George, 1804-1870
Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: American StatesmenRailroadHolidays and CelebrationsTransportationCommerce

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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