[Various locations in Massachusetts: ca. 1890]. 247pp. Small quarto. Late 19th-century tan cloth. Binding lightly worn and soiled. Stamps for the Engineering Department of the B. & M. R.R. on binding and endsheets. Minor soiling to contents. Written in a neat and legible hand. Very good. Item #187
The Boston & Maine Railroad and the Eastern Railroad were both founded in 1836 and ran competing lines throughout the 19th century. The B. & M. acquired the Eastern in 1890, ending competition on the rail route from Boston to Portland. This volume describes more than 300 land transactions made by the Eastern and Boston & Maine Railroads, primarily from the early operational years of the 1830s and 1840s. This volume appears to have been copied out neatly at a later date, perhaps after the purchase of the Eastern by the B. & M., and includes transactions ranging from 1836 to 1894. It is indexed by town at the end. Entries include the sellers' names, the bounds of the parcel, the price paid, and the date. The towns involved include Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Revere, Saugus, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly, Rowley, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Newbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury.