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#403 - Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

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Authorizing Maine’s European and North American Railroad
Description                           Estimate: $1,000 - 1,500          

Maine-born Union major general (1828–1914) who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his defense of Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Manuscript DS, signed “J. L. Chamberlain,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 10 x 15, May 13, 1868. In part: “I Joshua L. Chamberlain, Governor of the State of Maine by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by an Act of Legislature of said State of Maine entitled ‘An Act to aid in the construction of the European and North American Railway[’]…in consideration of one dollar paid by said railway company…do hereby transfer and convey to said European and North American Railway Company all the timber and land belonging to said State situated upon the waters of the Penobscot and Saint John Rivers, to be used by said Company to aid in the construction of its contemplated line of railway as contemplated and provided for in an Act entitled ‘An Act to provide means for the defence of the North Eastern Frontier.’” Signed at the conclusion by Chamberlain and countersigned twice by William Frye as his secretary of state. Document goes on to list the ranges and boundaries included in the agreement. In very good to fine condition, with light creasing and staining. Initially intended to link Portland with an Atlantic port in Nova Scotia, the European and North American Railway charter was revised to run from Bangor to Vanceboro, just opposite St. Croix, New Brunswick, with the first leg of the railway opening in 1868, nearly eighteen years after the plan was officially incorporated. Signed by Chamberlain during the second of his four terms in office as Maine’s governor, this is a wonderful item detailing the development of New England and the growing US rail network. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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