Small Archive of Materials Relating to American Entrepreneur George Francis Train. George Francis Train.

Small Archive of Materials Relating to American Entrepreneur George Francis Train

Very good. George Francis Train (1829-1904) was an extraordinarily energetic businessman who first made his fortune as the organizer of the White Diamond Line, which sent clipper ships around Cape Horn to San Francisco. He later became a great enthusiast of rail travel, establishing the first British street railway, and helping to fund and promote the Union Pacific Railroad. He ran for President of the United States in 1872, traveled around the world several times, and claimed to be the basis for the character of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. This archive includes: 1) An ALS from Train to William Henry Bailhache, business manager of the State Journal (Springfield, IL), with original postmarked envelope, also signed by Train. Written from Omaha on December 18, 1868, the note reads in part "Chinese Mandarins – good for you. Means halfway station from Paris to Pekin. Passengers for China this way." 2) A Bailhache family copy of Train's book, My Life in Many States and Foreign Lands (First edition, 1902; very good, with spine slant). 3) A one-page, printed letter by Train, sent "to every Corporation in England, Ireland, and Scotland, and every one of the fifty-two parishes in London" complaining that the British have failed to accept his previous applications to install street railways and repeating his application: "Again I apply: this time as President of a Corporation, whose partners are among the wealthiest men of our nation, for the privilege of putting down Rails in your Streets, and, at the same time, give you this notice that I shall take every Legal measure to protect my Promoter, Introducer, and Patentee of Street Railways in Great Britain and Ireland....I seldom sow seed that does not ripen in time, and I reap the harvest thereof. The cordial reception of the American Yachts, and the recent friendly tone of the English Press, indicates that Englishmen, some day, will do justice to Americans." 4) A three-page printed document providing the text of Train's four previous applications (1859, 1861, 1862, 1864) to install street railways in Great Britain, and providing ridership statistics for the Surrey Side Street Railway, which he was permitted to established in 1861. Items 3 & 4 were likely enclosed with the letter to Bailhache. Both men were honored guests on the Union Pacific Railroad's celebratory excursion to the 100th Meridian (Nebraska) in 1866.

Item #14122

Price: $400.00

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