Rare Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Mining Report, Joseph Watson, Report of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, 1838

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Watson, Joseph; Report of the Board of Managers of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company to the Stockholders-January 8, 1838. Philadelphia, James Kay, Jun. & Brother, 1838. Octavo, pp. 27.

This rare report is complete and in a modern archival title wrap with typed title on cover. The binding is tight and clean, light toning and foxing to title page, the text is very clean. In very good condition.


The Lehigh Navigation Company was formed in 1798 and the Lehigh Coal Company in 1792. They merged on April 21, 1820 and were incorporated as the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company in 1822. The 1838 report to the board of managers discusses the mining in 1837 of nearly 200,000 tons of coal from its mines and their shipment from Mauch Chunk. The majority of the coal was shipped via the Lehigh Canal to various markets via the Morris Canal, the Delaware division of the Pennsylvania Canal and the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The report includes a table of distances between different points via the Lehigh Navigation Company, distances between Easton and Philadelphia via the Delaware Division of the State Canal and Easton and New York and distances of landing places on the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal. Detailed descriptions are provides of various mines and railroads and the anticipated future for both the mines and railroads serving these mines.