An Act to facilitate Communication between the Atlantic and Pacific States by Electric Telegraph

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The use of the line of magnetic telegraph, to be constructed within two years from the 31st day of July, 1860, shall be given, at any time, free of cost, to the Coast Survey, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Observatory for scientific purposes.


  • U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • National Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution


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  • 12 Stat. 41
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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12 Stat. 41 (1860); ch. 137 (Book)

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  • 1863
  • 06/16/1860




Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 41-42

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