129pp. 8vo, sewn, unopened, uncut; (browning throughout, left margin of t.p. is soiled). Washington: William A. Davis, 1816.
In 1807,"...he (Gallatin) had worked out with Jefferson for the expenditure of $20,000,000 in the construction of a vast system of canals and highways running from Maine to Georgia and connecting the eastern rivers with the Mississippi basin." DAB VII, p. 107. Gallatin's project was never attempted however this report was an early overall survey by the U.S. government on what was required on a national basis. Included are two published letters from Benjamin Latrobe and Robert Fulton. Latrobe's proposal to build railroads in the United States is the first appearance of such a proposal in print. Fulton's letter concern's canals. Howes G-27. S&S 39632.