[N.p., but Illinois: Knights of Labor, n.d., ca. 1883]. First Edition. Printed letter addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives issued during the economic recession of 1882 to 1885, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the State of Illinois "that the average earnings of the heads of families for the entire list of occupations is less than the general average of the cost of living." The penultimate paragraph declares the Knights of Labor's endorsement of the as-yet unbuilt Hennepin Canal, which "will furnish employment for all time to come to thousands engaged in a vast system of internal water traffic between New Orleans, St. Paul and New York." The letter closes with blanks for Lodge number, city, state, and signatures. The Canal was indeed built in 1890 in a much-abbreviated form as a waterway between the Illinois and Mississipi Rivers, unused today other than as a historical landmark. Unlocated in OCLC as of June, 2016. Folio broadside (35.5x21.25cm); three horizontal mail folds with some splitting to top fold not affecting text; verso browned. Still, a Near Very Good copy. (Inventory #: 30186)
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