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To the Honorable, the Senate, and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Con -gress assembled.

Your Memorialists, the Senate, and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in general assembly convened.

Respectfully show unto your Honorable Bodies, that they have During their present Session granted a charter to a company proposed to be formed, under te name of the "Selma and Gulf rail road Company", for the purpose of constructing a rail road from the City of Selma in this State in the Direction of the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed route of said rail road passes through portions of the counties of Dallas, Wilcox, Monroe and Conacuh, in this State in a Southerly Direction from the said City of Selma, and is about seventy five miles in length. It is the purpose of the projectors of the proposed rail road, to connect with a rail road in course of construction, from the City of Pensacola Florida in the direction of the said City of Selma, on the one hand; and on the other hand, with a rail road from the City of Mobile, in the same direction, which a portion of

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[Due to the length of the three connected pages, line breaks as written were not used in order to make the transcription easier to read]

[This is the first of three pages of written text pasted together top to bottom] of the Citizens of the Cotton[?] City, have in contemplation to construct. A Company has been engaged for several years past, in constructing a rail road northward in a North Easterly Direction from Selma (on the Alabama river) The proposed terminus of which is upon the Tennessee river. Between ninety and a hundred miles of this road has been completed and is in operation; and the work is progressing toward Completion. There is every reason to believe that this road will have connections in the course of a few years, not only with the Tennessee river, but with the rail roads of East and West Tennessee and Northern Georgia. With these connections, and with an extension Southward from Selma, as proposed, to Mobileon the one hand, and Pensacola on the other, so as to form a continuous line of rail road from the System of roads in East and West Tennessee and Northern Georgia; a work of great National importance as well be accomplished as well as from the Tennessee to the Gulf ports above mentioned, a work of great national importance will be accomplished. The rail road

[This is the second of three pages of written text pasted together top to bottom] above mentioned running North Eastward from Selma, penetrates the rich or passes very near, the rich and extensive coal fields of Shelby County in this State, as well as extensive deposits of rich and very superior iron ore, and [ineschaul?]table quarries of lime stone of the finest quality. Considerable quanties of coal from the coal fields above mentioned are now being shipped over this rail road to Selma, and thence by river to Mobile; but a rail road from Selma to the Gulf ports as proposed, is indispensible to a full Devellopment of the business. With such a road, the Government could be [illegible word crossed thru] readily and cheaply supplied [word illegible and crossed thru] with all the line which may be required in the constructtion of public works in the Gulf ports; and with any quantity of superior coal which may be required for the Navy. [The author's markups seem to call for inserting page three at this point. The remainder of the page two text would then appear as the third page] And not only so, but by the completion of the system of rail roads referred to, of which the proposed road is an indispensable part, an unbroken and continuous line of rail way would be established feom the Seat of Government and far beyond, to the ports upon the Gulf, whereby, not only the greatest facilities of rapid for convenient and rapid intercommunication would be afforded, but the very best means would be afforded to thee government for the transportation of its mails, treasures and munitions, from one one extremity of the Union to the other.

[This is the third of three pages of written text pasted together top to bottom. The text inserted on page two from page three displaces the remainder of text two. It is transcribed below] [?] Memorialists deem it not improper briefly to refer to these facts - to which other important considerations might be added - to show the interest which the National Government have in the early completion of the

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proposed rail road. The last twenty five or thirty miles of the route of the proposed road passes through a country very sparsely settled, and through lands mostly public. these lands are too poor to be of much value for cultivation, but embraces extensive forests of pine which would be valuable, but for the sematiness[?] of the land, and the inaccessibility to any place which can to furnish a market for lumber. Should the proposed rail road be constructed, these lands which are now practically almost valueless, [3 unreadable words crossed thru] would probably be sought for on account of the timber, and become of considerable value. It woud probably be within the bonds of reason to say that they would become at least ten fold more valuable than they now are, or ever likely to become, without the proposed rail road, or some similar improvement. In view of the facts above stated, it seems manifest to your memorialists, that your Honorable Bodies may with the greatest propriety, make to those who propose to embark in the construction of the conpemplated rail road, a donation of land similar to the donations heretofor made to other rail road Companies of this and other States. When Citizens, by their labor and capital confer great public and national benefits, while at the same time and by the same means, they enhanse the national power and wealth, as well as the value of the National property, it seems but just and reasonable that they should be encouraged and assisted by a donation of a portion of the property whose value their capital and labor will so much enhanse; and especially in a case like that under consideration, when the advantages to the government, and the enhansement of the value of its property are likely so greatly to exceed, the value of the donation. While therefore your memorialists would never ask for unrequited bounties or donations, in behalf of any portion of their constituents, they feel fully warranted in this case to ask of your Honorable Bodies, as they do most respectfully, such donation of lands for the to aid in the construction of the proposed rail road, as may appear to your Honorable

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[left side of page] ------------------- Memorial to Congress for a grant of lands to the Selma & Gulf rail road Co. ------------------- July 6 1838 [annotation has 1858 written in brackets with a ? mark]

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Reorl_RS._ RD 2 BS_ 3 [unreadable] Philen [unreadable] -------------------- Cengrossed P. H. Britton

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Bodies under the Circumstances, fair and reasonable.

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