The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad

March 11, 1871


There has been opposition to granting privileges, which the Dispatch views as absurd. The Chesapeake Ohio railroad is helping Richmond thrive and is doing great things for the city, and the Dispatch sees no reason to resist the growth of this company.


The bill proposing to grunt certain privileges to the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad'meets with opposition, as was foretold.'We cannot see why it should be opposed;'but as everything is opposed now-a-days,'and as all bills must be carried through under more or less pressure, the friends of'this bill may reconcile themselves to the'trials it must meet.'The company engaged in this great work,'through the simply and clear letter written'by Mr. Huntington, and published by us'some time since, frankly declared its objects, and disclaimed any purpose hostile to'Virginia. They assured the people of Virginia'that while they asked nothing which'they deemed detrimental to them, yet they'expected nothing that was deemed by the'people, through their representatives, adverse to their interests.'A more frank and fair presentation of'plans was never made by a railroad company, or indeed any company, asking'privileges from the State and therefore it'is entitled to the most liberal treatment at'the hands of the Legislature.'The Chesapeake and Ohio railroad will'stand in relation to national commerce'amongst the first of all the great railways'in the Union. Its western connections'through the States bounded by the Ohio'are in rapid course of construction, and will, for directness and completeness, be amongst the very best in the Union. They'extend to the Pacific railway, and will'unite with the trans-continental lines upon'the most favorable footing.'With such advantages as these in view,'we cannot see how any legislator can approach the question of granting the petition'of the company except with a strong impression of the grandeur of their enterprise'and the immense advantages it will secure'to Virginia. It cannot be considered lightly'nor treated as an ordinary improvement.'Surely it should be shielded by a sense of its'importance and its public advantages, from'captious opposition or annoying restrictions. The questions raised by its appearance in the Legislature are of too much'magnitude to allow it to be subjected to'anything like needless delay and illiberal'opposition.
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