A RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC.
NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 1859.
I PROPOSE in this letter to present such considerations as seem to me pertinent and feasible, in favor of the speedy construction of a railroad, connecting at some point our eastern network of railways with the waters of the Pacific ocean.
Let facts be submitted to, and pondered by considerate, reflecting men. There are thousands of usually intelligent citizens, who have decided that a Pacific railroad is a humbug--the fantasy of demagogues and visionaries--without having ever given an hour's earnest consideration to the facts in the case. Let me have a patient hearing while I set forth some of the more material of those facts: and first, in answer to the question, Is there a national need of a railroad from the Missouri to the Pacific? Let us study the records:
The number of passengers arriving at, and departing from San Francisco by water, so far as we have official returns of them, is as follows: