Letters to the People of New Jersey, on the Frauds, Extortions, and Oppressions of the Railroad Monopoly

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Carey and Hart, 1848 - Railroads - 64 pages
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Page 12 - That it shall not be lawful, at any time during the said railroad charter, to construct any other railroad or railroads in this State, without the consent of the said companies, which shall be intended or used for the transportation of passengers or merchandise between the cities of New York and Philadelphia, or to compete in business with the railroad authorized by the act to which this supplement is relative, etc.
Page 7 - I know nothing that could, in this view, be said better, than " do unto others as ye would that others should do unto you...
Page 12 - State forever to submit to it. The existence of such a power in a representative body has no foundation in reason or in public convenience, and is inconsistent with the principles upon which all our political institutions are founded. For if a legislative body may thus restrict the power of its successors, a single improvident act of legislation may entail lasting and incurable evil on the people of a State.
Page 12 - I cannot think that a legislative body, holding a limited authority under a written constitution, can by contract or otherwise limit the legislative power of their successors.
Page 12 - The power which the constitution gives to the legislative body must always exist in that body until it is altered by the people, and cannot be restricted by a mere legislative act. If they can deprive their successors of the power of chartering companies of a particular description, or in particular places, it is obvious that, upon the same principle, they might deprive them of the power of chartering any corporations for any purpose whatever; and if they might, by contract or otherwise, deprive...
Page 5 - I earnestly hope they will result in a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together...
Page 53 - Were they now to be so administered you would require no legal restriction on the making of roads, with a view to prevent that competition. Everybody would be satisfied, and branch roads would be made in all directions leading to your two great ones; and with each one of these you would have increase of trade and travel, enabling you still further to diminish your charges, and thus to lessen the inducements to make competing roads.
Page 8 - one gentleman forward and back." After that comes " lady and gentleman back to back," and at last, after much delay, we reach the final movement of " cross over and chassez." All this would be as amusing as it is ridiculous, occurring as it does on the most important part of the main line of communication throughout the Union, were it not that it is so often witnessed, unwillingly, by hundreds of people whose time might be elsewhere so much more profitably employed. The proverb says that Time ii...
Page 5 - Among the causes that should lead to a Revolution in this State is the belief, universally entertained, that no bill can become a law, however necessary to the convenience and advantage of its people, until it has received the Royal Assent, signified by viceroys acting on the part of the Railroad Kings of New Jersey.
Page 8 - First among them, we find a piece of very bad railroad from Camden to Amboy, sixty-two miles long, and but half made. It has one track only, but to make amends for this there are various turn-outs, also half made. The consequence of this is, that when one train meets another there ensues a series of movements not unlike those of a quadrille. First we have that of "one lady forward and back.

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