The Virtual Steam Car Museum invites researchers to take up this thread. These two documents come from the Boston Estate of one Washington Parker Gregg, who lived from 1804 to 1892. They deal with a Boston to Salem Steam Carriage Proposal.
These documents were purchased on eBay from a dealer who described them as coming from Gregg's estate. "The collection also included some early 19th century pieces from his father Samuel Gregg, noted American inventor."
"Washington Parker Gregg was born January 14, 1804. Gregg was an important Boston figure who was the clerk of the Common Council." Gregg began his career as a member of the bar and was a practicing lawyer in the City of Boston, Massachusetts before he became a clerk of the Common Council of Boston. He served as a clerk for the City of Boston Common Council and celebrated forty years of service in 1882."
"Washington Parker Gregg was also a prolific writer, a real estate investor, and an industrial inventor. Washington Parker Gregg died in 1892."
"Two separate items both relating to the proposition of steam coaches operating between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts. First, hand written on old hand-made paper measuring 16 1/4" X 13": From evidence before course of the last Legislature: Mr. Manning's Testimony .... number of stages between Boston and Salem, 15 regular ones, each way daily. Goes on to discuss the number of passengers in Steam Coaches. This is the letter on the PRO side of the debate. Good condition. Has been folded."
"Next, a hand written five page document OPPOSING the Steam Coach proposition. Pages measure 8" X 9 3/4". Good condition. Have been folded."
"Neither document is signed or dated."
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