Nobly Done

December 6, 1869

Summary

The National Board of Trade on Saturday evening, by a vote of fifty-one to fifteen, adopted the proposition recommending: the grand central water-line to the assistance and patronage of the Government. The proposition with help the city of Richmond incite economic developement through trade.

Transcription

The National Board of Trade on Saturday evening, by a vote of fifty-one to fifteen, adopted the proposition recommending: the grand central water-line to the assistance and patronage of the Government. Able speeches were made in its behalf--all of them breathing the most catholic and patriotic spirit. There were amongst the few who voted against it some gentlemen who did not design to express hostility to the work, but, abstractly, their opposition to Government appropriations for public improvements. That opinion we are sure they sincerely entertain ; but it is rather unsuited to the times. The old State rights party opposed such appropriations upon their construction of the Constitution, which, in their view, prohibited them. But as both the power and the duty of the Government to improve the country wherever its improvement is demanded by the general welfare have been established by the arbitrament of the sword, it is now hardly a debatable question. The noble decision of the National Board of Trade must carry with it great weight. Besides the respectability of the body for the high character and intelligence of its members, it must be remembered that most of them are from the northern cities, and that their opinions are utterly free from all ground of imputation upon their motives. Furthermore, Louisville was not represented at all, and St. Louis only had one representative (Colonel M. Cullen, a native of Richmond). So that the immediate line of the improvement was but partially represented, and for its success it had to appeal almost wholly to its national character and the good sense and patriotism of the Board. A work so commended must have a very much stronger claim upon the consideration of the Federal Government. Thanks to the National Board of Trade.
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Jermaine Reynolds

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“Nobly Done,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed May 18, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1542.