12 pages; grey paper wrapper with the title "The Colton Letters. Declaration of Huntington that Congressmen are for Sale." Robert Cowan - BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA HISTORY pp137. "These are a few of the many letters written between the years 1875-1879, by (C.P.) Huntington to David D. Colton, who held fifth interest in the Southern Pacific Railroad, and was financial director of the Central Pacific. These letters were of a very confidential nature and never intended for the public eye. Upon the death of Colton the companies attempted to defraud the widow out of her rights, and during the ensuing litigation these letters were introduced in evidence". Fine clean copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Colton Letters, the Inside Story of an ...
Publisher: American Bible Society
Publication Date: 1895
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Cover title: The Colton Letters. Declaration of Huntington that Congressmen are for Sale. No place or date, but c. 1895. 8vo, 12 pp, stapled wrappers. Mild toning to edges, small sticker on front cover, short closed tears to front wrapper near head and foot of spine; very good. Following a scathing, anonymous introduction, this pamphlet reprints excerpts from private letters from Collis P. Huntington to David Colton, Financial Director of the Central Pacific. The letters -- which became public when Colton's widow produced them in court to support her claim that the "Big Four" were trying to defraud her -- provided clear evidence that Huntington had engaged in a pattern of bribing, deceiving, and manipulating congressmen and otherwise influencing legislation to favor the interests of the Railroad and its promoters. Publication of the letters in the press and in this pamphlet (which was also sent to members of Congress, possibly by San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro) significantly damaged the reputation of the Railroad among the public, and helped lead to the defeat of a the Pacific Railroad Funding Bill of 1896. Cowan p. 137. Seller Inventory # 19058