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|Summary:||This is a letter from General Edmund Pendleton Gaines to Samuel J. Peters, President of the Chamber of Commerce, dated January 22, 1839. Gaines is writing in response to a recent report by the Chamber on improving navigation of the Mississippi River. Gaines describes in great detail the mannerisms of the Mississippi River and how it differs from other rivers, especially concerning formation of alluvial lands. Gaines writes how important the river is in relation to national defence, commerce, and agriculture. Gaines also includes his opinions on improving national defence in relation to the use of railroads, and waterways. Accompanying Gaines' letter is a note dated April 6, 1839 from C. W. Dreschler, who is forwarding the letter to Tennessee Governor Newton Cannon per Gaines' request. Gaines hopes that the Governor will consider the views expressed in his letter.|