Letter from WILLIAM GOODHUE SHAW to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 20, 1858.

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Burlington Jan 20 1858

Dear Sir,

You were elected Railroad Commissioner on the 4 of November last and your official term commenced immediately upon your election.

Yours RespW G. Shaw Sec c

Hon Geo P. Marsh


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In November 1857 Marsh was appointed Vermont Railroad Commissioner, a post he held until 1859. An informed critic of railroad corporate abuses, he wrote three devastating reports, incurring the wrath of the railroad lobby. Using its influence in the Vermont legislature, the lobby sought to block his reappointment.

William G. Shaw, (1831-1892), was the Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs under Governor Ryland Fletcher.