Washington. 1829. 18pp. Stitched as issued. Light foxing. About very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM40486
Letter discussing the probable causes of and solutions to the Great Raft in the Red River. The Great Raft was described as perhaps the continent’s largest log jam. Not a single solid mass, but made up of many smaller sections, the Raft stretched for 165 miles and was dense enough at certain spots to support a man on horseback crossing the river. Paxton's letter was crucial in persuading Congress to fund the removal of the raft, in order that the Red River could be navigable by steamboat. Not in Shoemaker.