Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1821, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 *
Cleveland Herald

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Each abstract begins with a "reference line," such as: 16 - CGCR July 31:2/3,4.
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16 -- the number assigned to this abstract
CGCR -- the newspaper it was taken from (here, the Register)
July 31 -- the month and day it appeared in the paper
2/3,4 -- page 2, columns 3 and 4

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Abstract 20 - H[erald] Aug. 28; ed:3/1

In almost every essay published in eastern papers on the subject of the Grand canal, there is some allusion to the necessity for connecting the waters of Lake Erie and the Ohio river. Eastern papers also state that meetings have been held in Trumbull county on the subject of connecting by canal the waters of the Grand and Mahoning rivers.

"We have frequently heard it suggested that such a communication was practicable, but do not recollect of ever before hearing of any public meeting having been held, or other measures taken in futherance of that subject." (6)

Abstract 21 - H Oct. 2; ed- 3/2, 3

In a letter to the editor, "A Citizen of Cleaveland" says: When we look at the map of this state, the mind is instantly struck with a conviction of its unrivalled situation.

The extension of various important branches of businesses which enrich and dignify states would continue to increase if a canal was constructed to connect the waters of Lake Erie and the Ohio river. Ohio must emulate the New York system of improvements.

Pennsylvania will never connect the waters of the lakes with the Ohio river. It is not her policy to promote the interests of the western, to the destruction of the influence and trade of the eastern and wealthy parts of the state. The achievement is ours; it must be done, and done speedily. (25)

Abstract 22 - H Nov. 6; ed:3/1

"It is said by a person considerably acquainted with the progress of the New-York Canal, that its entire completion will be effected sooner than has been generally expected, and that we shall feel the effects of that great work another season very sensibly, in the transportation of goods and the price of produce. We have no doubt of this. We have always looked upon the undertaking as one which, when accomplished, would bring us within about 100 miles of the city of New-York, in comparison of the distance by land, and open to Ohio an opportunity of mingling in the business and bustle of trade upon the shores of the Atlantic.

"It is now an excellent time for Eastern emigrants to locate themselves in this state. The long and well-founded objection to this country, that we were shut out from market, is about to be removed.....

"When this temporary depression and languor shall have passed by, and works of internal improvement now in agitation are consummated, business will resume its former aspect; the value of property will be enhanced, and Ohio, instead of being 'out of the world' as the Eastern people say, will be deemed a position sufficiently central, and a mart of no inconsiderable traffic." (7)

Abstract 23 H Nov. 27:3/2,3

In a letter to the editor, an unsigned writer says: I had the pleasure some time in September of perusing a communication to the public through the medium of the HERALD on the situation of Ohio, and the necessity of connecting the waters of the lake with the rivers by means of a canal.

A reasonable presumption, founded on personal observation and from conferring with respectable and intelligent persons, of the probability or improbability of soon commencing a work of this kind, seemed to be very desirable as the safest criterion to establish in my own mind the period when the government would call it up.

Every man has been and is constantly saying more or less upon the measure, and summing up and estimating how much more he will be worth in the event of its execution.

Hence it may be safely inferred that our legislature will not at the ensuing session disappoint the expectation of the state that they have the subject before them, in so great a degree at least as the authorization of a survey of the respective routes between Lake Erie and the Ohio river. These routes are four: The Grand and Mahoning rivers constitute one; the Cuyahoga and Muskingum another; the Sandusky and Scioto a third, and the Maumee and the Great Miami a fourth uniting channel, out of which a selection is to be made. (15)

Abstract 24 - H Dec. 4; ed:3/1

Wilson of the Steubenville HERALD says that an "empty" treasury and no credit are in his opinion rather awkward foundations for a canal 200 miles in length.

We know as well as he that the state is not in the immediate possession of a productive revenue adequate to the probable expenditure, and we acknowledge it problematical whether resources can be obtained to prosecute the undertaking. This depends, in a great measure, upon the location of the canal, and the country through which its course shall be established. Let the route be surveyed, and an estimate of the expense formed. Let us know what is wanted, and our own ability to perform can be ascertained at any period. It will then be in season to give up the project and abandon it to ridicule. (6)

(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume IV (1821), pages 91 and 92. Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)

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