Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1823, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 *
Cleveland Herald

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Abstract 28 - H[erald] Mar. 27; ed:3/1,2

"It would be highly gratifying if our columns would permit our laying before our readers the Report of the New York Canal Commissioners, made to the Legislature of that State on the 24th ult..... One important fact is stated, in regard to the effect which the Canal has produced in the western part of the State. The Commissioners say, that it is believed that giving to the country west of Seneca River the use of the Canal, so far as it has already been completed for transportation, has made the market price of wheat there 50 per cent greater than it would have been without the Canal." (15)

Abstract 29 - H Mar. 27; ed:3/2

Among the legislative proceedings of late, we have noticed nothing more important in its nature as appertaining to internal improvements, than the report of Mr. Knight of the Pennsylvania legislature in favor of uniting the Ohio and Potomac rivers by a canal.

"After solving the problem of expense, and calculating the benefits which must result from the proposed communication, the report is unquestionably correct, that the advantages in favor of the union of these rivers predominate, and ought to be secured. This was the opinion of Mr. Jefferson more than 30 years ago, as the means of connecting Lake Erie with the Atlantic." (7)

Abstract 30 - H Aug. 14; ed:3/1

The New York canal commissioners at their late session in Albany confirmed the decision which they in part previously made at Buffalo in connection with the termination of the Erie canal. It appears that the projected harbor at Black Rock, is considered practicable and expedient, and an appropriation of $95,600 has been made to effect the object.

"This decision is important to the people of those villages, and to the public in general in this section, inasmuch as it pertains to the commercial advantages of the Lake. If the experiment in regard to a pier has been satisfactorily tried, and a dam can be rendered permanent, the friends of the Canal at large have nothing to fear." (4)

Abstract 31 - H Sept. 18:3/1

Water sufficient for the purposes of a canal cannot be obtained at the summit level on the Sandusky and Scioto route. All the streams which could be used as feeders yet discovered have been gauged and found not to afford half the water requisite for that object.

It is expected that Acting Commissioners Kelley and Williams will next proceed to examine the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas route or that of the Killbuck and Black rivers. (3)

Abstract 32 - H Oct. 30; ed:3/2

A meeting is to be held in the city of Washington for the purpose of taking into consideration and agreeing on some practical method of connecting the Potomac and Ohio rivers by means of a canal.

"Our readers will recollect that in an early period of the country, a project of the kind was spoken of, and received the countenance of Washington and Jefferson; but the spirit that moved it soon subsided, and not till recently has it again been supposed to merit serious consideration. It is now revived under circumstances which indicate its eventual completion.... Surveys of the route and estimates of the expense have already been made, that go to prove the project highly practicable; and the public sentiment seems generally setting very much in its favor."

(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume VI (1823), pages 9 and 10. Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)

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