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    President Monroe authorizes construction of a section of the Cumberland Road

    James Monroe Federal Road Construction Contract Signed as president. Two and one-quarter folio pages, 11" x 18", ca. 1817. The text of the manuscript is dated May 7, 1817; it explains the agreement between contractor James Kinkead and federal official David Shriverpen for the construction of "a Bridge across Redstone Creek, on the Thirty first section of the United States Western Road." The agreement for this bridge, located in southwestern Pennsylvania and spanning forty feet, contains specifications for the bridge, wing wall, and arch. For his work, Kinkead was promised $9,500 by the U.S. Government. Construction on the Cumberland Road, one of the earliest and largest federal roads, was originally authorized by President Jefferson. It began in Maryland in 1811 and ended in Illinois in 1839. President James Monroe signed the verso beneath "approved". This document has completely separated along the middle horizontal fold, though the presidential signature is not affected. Near very good.

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