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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
To His Excellency LLOYD LOWNDES,
Governor of Maryland and President of the Geological Survey Commission.
Sir: I have the honor to present herewith a report dealing with the question of highway improvement in Maryland. The subjects discussed in the volume include the relations of Maryland topography, climate and geology to highway construction; the history of the development of Maryland highways; the present condition of the roads and best means for their improvement; the relative values of the different natural road-building materials in the several counties; the importance of good roads to the people and the methods of highway construction employed in the counties of Maryland, in other states, and in foreign countries. This exhaustive report upon Maryland highways will give much valuable information to the citizens of the state upon a subject of paramount importance and cannot fail to influence to a greater or less extent the future construction of our public roads.
WILLIAM BULLOCK CLARK,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY,
BALTIMORE, November, 1899.