A Bill, Incorporating the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company [caption title]

[Richmond, VA: 1824]. First edition. 4to. 15 pp. Each line of the text is numbered. George Washington founded the Potowmack Company in 1785 to make navigability improvements to the Potomac River, with an ultimate goal of using waterways to connect the eastern seaboard to the Ohio River and the Great Lakes. The company completed a number of projects, especially around Washington, D.C., but its holdings were transferred to the Chesapeake and Ohio Company as it was formed in 1824 through stick subscriptions in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania (construction on the canal started in 1828). This offering is Virginia's bill chartering the company; it provides for the appointment of commissioners, the subscription of stock, and delineates the mission of the company. Not in American Imprints. Not in Rink (but cf. Rink 4789, Maryland's 1823 act incorporating the Potomac Canal Co., and Rink 4896, an 1825 publication of the acts of Virginia, Maryland, and the United States incorporating the C&O Canal Co.). OCLC locates one copy (Virginia, giving the date as 1828). Untrimmed, lightly age-toned, upper portion of final blank soiled. Very good. Unbound gatherings. (#3727). Item #57316

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