1817.112: Protest against Toll-Free Bridge over James River near Lynchburg.

Published: 1817

Full Title: To the honorable the Speaker and Members of ... the General Assembly ... the Lynchburg Toll Bridge [Co.] ...

Author: President and Directors of Lynchburg Toll Bridge Company.

Place Issued: Lynchburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 30 cm. x 18 cm. (broadside).


Response of company granted right to build toll-bridge over James at Lynchburg in 1810 to the petition seeking a toll-free alternative (1817.111); competing claims led to a legislative inquiry into the company's operation of their toll-bridge; the committee found that the toll-bridge proprietors had acquired the rights to that bridge as speculative venture, and so could not expect the state to guarantee them a monopoly; so Assembly granted their competitors permission to build their toll-free bridge (Chap. LXXI of Acts of December 1817 Assembly). Only known copy, held in the state archives at the Library of Virginia, lacks colophon; as the request concerns an interest limited to Lynchburg and its environs, this sheet certainly issued there; still, a definitive attribution to one of the two presses operating there is impracticable without further evidence, so the indeterminacy here.

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