Scope and Contents: John B. Jervis (1795-1885) was a prominent eastern railroad engineer. This collection contains a photostat of an offer on Apr. 23, 1831, to build six coaches for the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad. Jervis, engineer of the company, accepted the offer on the same day, and the line, the first in New York State, opened between Albany and Schenectady the following Aug. 9. This item was probably copied from an original document in the Jervis Public Library in Rome, N.Y.