Letter from THOMAS THATCHER to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 7, 1858.

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Rutland & Burlington Rail Road officeRutland October 7 1858

Dear Sir,

I herewith transmit to you the report of the Trustees & managers of the Rutland & Burlington Rail Road, and full answers to the Questions you propounded; which I trust will be satisfactory. The reason they have not been made and forwarded before is, That the Trustees have been unable to procure the Accounts of other Roads with which the Rutland & Burlington Road has a joint freight and Passenger business

I enclose a statement of them that you may be able to see their extent.

I much regret the delay, but under the circumstances it was unavoidable

Very Respectfullyremain your Obt Svt.Thomas Thatcher

Honb George P Marsh

R R. Commissioner.

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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.