On the building of the Pacific Railroad
—May 23d, 1863—‘I have always voted for it, and now that it is authorized by Congress, I follow it with hope and confidence.
Let the Road
be built, and its influence will be incalculable.
People will wonder that the world lived so long without it. Conjoining the two oceans, it will be an agency of matchless power,—not only commercial,
It will be a new girder to the Union
, a new help to business, and a new charm to life.
New houses and new towns will spring up, making new demand for labor and supplies.
Civilization will be projected into the forest and over the plain, while the desert is made to yield its increase.
There is no productiveness to. compare with that from the upturned sod which receives the iron rail.
In its crop are school-houses and churches, cities and States.’