s of Massachusetts, March 31, 1846, with the report of a committee, March 19, give a detailed statement of the services of the several counsel.
In the winter of 1844-45, he was counsel before a legislative committee in a case of considerable interest,—the petition of the people of Chelsea, then a town of three thousand inhabitants, for a railroad designed to connect that and neighboring communities with Boston by a land route; the connection being then by a railroad with a terminus at East Boston, and thence by ferry to the city proper.
His argument for the petitioners, in which he laid stress on the superior advantages of an avenue by land rather than by ferry, was carefully matured, as his notes, which are preserved, show.
The committee reported adversely;
1845, No. 109. but the Eastern Railroad Corporation, then a remonstrant, a few years later adopted substantially the location which he urged.
In the spring of 1844 Sumner undertook to edit the Equity