Laws, Abstract, Etc., Relating to the Lands Owned by the Alabama State Land Co., 1899.

Birmingham, (AL): Roberts & Sons, printers, 1899. First edition. 8vo. 87 pp. Prints a list of the officers of the company, its statement of incorporation, the act of the Alabama state legislature establishing the company's organization, the act of the United States Congress granting Alabama public lands for the purpose of building railroads, other acts establishing various railroads in the state, and other relevant laws and abstracts. The Alabama Great Southern Railway held for sale about a million and a half acres along its lines from Georgia to Texas; F.Y. Anderson (1851-1932), who had worked with British investors in the 1870s to build railroads across the South, took charge of the railway company's office of Land Commissioner and of the Alabama State Land Company, managing them with "great skill ... and averaging sales of about a million dollars annually" (Alabama Pioneers online). The book is accompanied by a typed 1899 letter, signed by Anderson, on the letterhead of the Queen & Crescent Route ("A Million Acres of Land for Sale"), to a group in Montgomery, Alabama, informing them they might examine lands along the Alabama & Vicksburg Railway and explaining his process for granting options. OCLC locates three copies of the book (Birmingham Southern, Samford, Alabama). Both the book and the letter are in very good condition. Original gilt-stamped brown cloth (spotted), the letter has been folded. (8993). Item #62110

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