Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1818, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 *
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Abstract 16 - CGCR [Register] July 31:2/3 [Page 9]


The progress making in this work, is such as to render extremely faint the opposition of those who were disposed to check it at its commencement. Contracts have been made for its construction from Utica to within seven miles of Seneca river- a distance of eighty-five miles. – About 2,000 men, with the necessary number of horses, oxen, &c. are now employed on that section. – ONTARIO REPOSITORY (2)

Abstract 19 - CGCR July 31:2/3,4 [Page 9]


Extract of a letter from John L. Sullivan, esq., superintendent of the works on the Merrimack and the Middlesex Canal, to a gentleman in this city, dated Boston.

"Sir- I have had the pleasure today of receiving yours of the 2d instant, with the enclosed, which I have perused with attention, and am much struck with the vast importance of the improvements commented on the Schuykill, in relation to those further contemplated between that and the Susquehannah and the branches of the latter. Could the people realize how much they are interested in the success of these undertakings I think there could be no want of funds to carry them thru.

Abstract 124 - CGCR Aug. 18:3/2 [Page 50]


Our able and indefatitable correspondent Sidney, has this day gives the public the pleasing fact relative to the Canal, that "less than eighteen months from the commencement of the works will show us more than one fourth of the whole western canal in a finished state, if the present season continues favor a ble"

Abstract 151 - CGCR Aug. 25;3/2 [Page 63]

The following extract of a letter from A. Kingrorne, esq. A celebrated Civil engineer in North Britain, addressed to gov. Clinton, President of the Board of Canal Commissioners, will show the Opinion which is entertained on that subject by a competent judge in Europe.


12th, April, 1818

Honored Sir - Sometime ago the right honorable the earl of Buchan, most obligingly put into my hands, the plan, profiles, reports and estimates of the proposed inland Navigation from Lake Erie to the Hudson river, and from thence to Lake Champlain, requesting my observations on them.

I have attentively and with much pleasure examined the whole, and from the particular and minute description of every part of the line, I have every reason for believing that the surveys have been made with due attention, and that the choice of ground had been well considered.

In regard to the estimate of the expense and the calculation of the probable amount of the products which may be conveyed on the canals and from which must arise the remuneration to the state, I am incompetent to judge - but from the very luminous and distinct reports of the canal commissioners, of 15th February, and of the joint committee of the Legislature of New York, dated 19th March, 1817, I cannot think these gentlemen at all too sanguine in their expectations on this part of the subject. (6)

Abstract 309 - CGCR Sept. 29; ed:2/1 [Pages 132 through 133]

We have enquired of gentlemen from Portage county, Ohio of the practicabitlity of uniting the waters of the Cuyahoga with those of the Tuscarawas, by a canal, and we are happy to inform our readers that it has been universally admitted that a canal of ten miles in length, with, 5 or 6 locks would completely unite the northeast extremity of our country, with the south. Boats of form 20 to 30 ons can pass up both those streams, to a portage of 8 or 10 miles through a wet country, with sufficient streams to feed a canal, all seasons of the year.

A few years ago, when the savages held complete dominion over this now flourishing country, the traders transported their articles of traffic up the Tuscarawas to the protage, of 8 miles thence down the Cuyahoga to the Indian villages on the shores of Lake Erie. In the spring season, the traders have crossed from the Tuscarawas to the Cuyahoga, in canoes, as branches from both streams head in a large pond.

The advanges to be derived from the canal, cut across this narrow portage is incalculable. It will at once open a complete communication with the Ohio river. The trade of that extensive and fertile country will then find a market in the northern and eastern sections of the union. We hope in a short time, to be able to furnish the public with some interesting communications on this important subject. (5)

Abstract 346 - CR Oct. 6:1/4 [Page 151]


These great works are progressing with a rapidity equal to the most sanguine expectations of those who were friendly to their commencement. The heretofore incredulous, who have visited them, have become converts to their practicability and exult in the prospect of seeing a work of such magnitude accomplished by the energies of a single state. ALB. REG. (2)

Abstract 383 - CR Oct. 13;ed:2/4 [Page 172 through 173]

CHRLESTON, (sic) Sept. 12.


We have received a pamphlet, re published by order of the New-York Corresponding Association for the promotion of Internal Improvements, under the title of "considerations on the great western canal, from the Hudson to Lake Erie; with a view of its expense, advantages and progress."

It is, in our opinion, a productive of no ordinary force and elegance of writing, satisfactory in its statement and reasonings, and ample in its information. The union of the stream of the Hudson with the waters of the Lakes, is a design of stupendous magnitude; the work, when completed, will embrase a span, in length, of three hundred and fifty miles, and cost the state of New York between four and five millions of dollars. A project of so much grandeur and of such unquestionable utility, must reflect, when effected, the highest lustre on our country, and exhibit a striking evidence of the opulence of the state that designed it. But we are induced to notice this truly magnificent undertaking on account principally of the example it hold out to the rest of the state.

It is only within this year or two, that our own legislature has been aroused to a just sense of the importance of the object, and given an earnest of their design of rescuing the state from that reproach onits policy of having neglected to improve, not only its facilities of water one line---* (6)

*Missing from newspaper file.

Abstract 507 - CR Nov. 17; ed:2/1 [Pages 232 and 233]

Contemplated Canal.

We have conversed with gentlemen residing on the river Tuscarawas, who informs us, that boats could be constructed so as to carry 300 barrels of flour up and down the river to a portage of eight miles to the Cuyahoga river-a navigable stream for boats of all sizes during the summer months, and as branches from both streams head in a large pond, it would be any easy matter to cut a canal, so as to unite those streams, and thereby secure to ourselves the trade of the Ohio river, and the vast and fertile country on the banks of the Muskingum. –We would invite the attention of the state legislature to this important object, inasmuch as it would be a source of inexhaustable wealth to the state, and unite the interest of the south, with that of the more northern sections of our country.

As the great western canal, uniting Lake Erie with the Hudson river, is in a state of forwardness, and will in two or three years be completed at once opening an uninterrupted communication between Lake Erie and the city of New Year. The merchant can have his goods brought on for a trifle and in return can transmit the surplus products of out country to a sure market. This single circumstance, is amply sufficient to induce the legislature of Ohio to follow the example of their brethren in the east, and cut a canal of only eight miles, to bring the products from the fertile banks of the Ohio, through lake Erie to the city of New York. If the state legislature, and heads of department are not blind to the interest of the state, they will not let the present session pass, without at least preparing to put this important work into execution. We shall notice this subject hereafter.

Abstract 573 - CR Dec. 8:1/4 [Page 259]


We know not which to admire most, the active and enterprising spirit or the boundless and inexhaustible resources which are every where developing themselves in the state of New York. She is, without doubt, the foremost in the great American republic, and stands crowned among her rival sisters with the tiara of a Queen. We need no other proof, than the single fact, that there are not less than five thousand men and two thousand cattle at present employed in the cutting of the western and northern canals in that state.

History presents no parallel to so stupendous and magnificent an undertaking. What were the Roman roads, what are all the internal improvements of the whole continent of Europe, for the last century, contrasted with this sublime spectacle exhibited by a single state in the new world? A territory too, embracing little more than 45,000 square miles? The incalcualable advantages which will result from the completion of this supendous work, are too obvious to escape the notice of the most superficial observer. When this Canal is completed says the Editor of the Montreal Herald, in a tone of prophetic, but unavailing regret, and our eyes are opened to the injuries we will severely feel from its operatics, it will be but a slender consolation, for us to think, a great part of it was made by our industrious peasantry, who passed through Canada, and went to be employed in the States, because there were no canals or public improvements by which they could obtain a living here. (6)

(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume I (1818). Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)

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