Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1824, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 *
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Abstract 14 - H[erald] Feb. 6:1/3,4-2/1-4

Alfred Kelley, acting commissioner of the Lake Erie and Ohio canal has submitted his report to Governor Jeremiah Morrow of Ohio. He has been requested to accompany David S. Bates, Esq., to the falls of the Ohio for the purpose of assisting in the examination of that obstruction to the navigation of the river and devising the most feasible method of overcoming the impediment. As a result, he suggests the following views: In examining this subject a number of topics naturally present themselves. Of these the most prominent are the damages sustained by the country above the falls in consequence of that obstruction, the necessity of its removal, the practicability of accomplishing this object, and the proper means and best method of constructing the proposed work. It may be assumed as a fact that more damage is annually sustained by the country situated on the Ohio and its branches above the falls, in consequence of that obstruction, than the whole amount required to provide a complete and permanent remedy for the evil. The actual expense incurred in the transportation of property round the falls forms but a small item in this account. The damage sustained in consequence of the delays occasioned by this obstruction in conveying to the market the surplus products of the upper country, is one of much greater magnitude. If this obstruction were removed, the upper country would be able to throw into the market a more equable supply of its production, and thus prevent the great depression in price which so frequently occurs. Should the proposed canal round the falls of the Ohio be constructed, the price of freight will be immediately reduced.

The practicability of constructing this canal no person acquainted with canalling who has viewed the ground can for a moment doubt. The report of Judge Bates, whose skill, experience, and intelligence, entitle him to the fullest confidence, both in regard to the feasibility and expense of the work, must be satisfactory to every one who is willing to rely on the opinion and estimates of an able, practical engineer.

Kentucky and Ohio will receive the greatest benefit from the proposed canal. These states ought therefore to have control of the canal; in which case its tolls can be so regulated and the work so managed as best to subserve the true interests of the states and the individuals of which they are composed.

I would respectfully suggest that the two states should become jointly interested in constructing the canal.

Abstract 15 - H Feb. 20; ed:3/3

The board of commissioners of the Ohio canal has made its report to the Ohio legislature, in which they suggested the necessity of a further appropriation of $5,000 to enable them to complete the necessary surveys and estimates which remain unexecuted.

"The extensive surveys on the different routes require much time and labor. The operations of the Board, the past season, were retarded by the unusual sickness which prevailed; notwithstanding which, a mass of topographical information has been collected, which will greatly facilitate their future labors."

Abstract 16 - H May 21:2/4

A Rochester paper announces that packet boats are now departing east and west on the canal daily. "The fare is so good and cheap that no one who consults economy can now afford to travel on foot."

Abstract 17 - H June 25:3/1

William H. Price, Esq., of New York, who has been engaged as an engineer, arrived here a few days ago and has proceeded with Acting Commissioner Kelley to the portage for the purpose of commencing the necessary surveys on the Cuyahoga route of the canal." (2)

Abstract 18 - H Aug. 13; ed:3/2

The engineers' party, under the direction of Kelley of Cleaveland, has arrived at the Portage and will immediatly commence the location of a line of the Ohio canal, from that place to the still water of the Cuyahoga river, about four or five miles south of this village. When this is completed, a connected line will have been located from Lake Erie to the Ohio river, on which the expense will be estimated.

"Unless some unforeseen circumstances shall prevent, it is expected that all the examinations and surveys contemplated by the Legislature will be completed before the next session of the General Assembly, and estimates will be laid before them early in the session, so that they can act definitely on this important subject." (8)

Abstract 19 - H Aug. 27; ed:2/1

The location of the line on the Muskingum and Scioto route of the Ohio canal, has of late been considerably retarded by the sickness of Mr. Price and Mr. Kilbourne.

"They were both attacked with sickness very soon after arriving at the summit, but were nearly recovered when we last heard from them; and are probably now engaged in locating the line down the valley of the Cuyahoga river, which will be finished in about two weeks, if sickness does not further retard the progress of the party."

Abstract 20 - H Aug. 27; ed:2/1,2

"A desire to avoid local quarrels has heretofore induced us to pass unnoticed the erroneous statements which have appeared in the Sandusky CLARION, on the subject of the Canal and the proceedings of the Canal Commissioners. If the motives of the Editor of that place are pure - if he is desirous of the success of our incipient system of internal improvement, and is willing to trust to the honest and impartial exertions of those who are engaged in the arduous and responsible duty of examining the routes for a Canal through the State, he will readily retract some of his assertions and acknowledge the injustice of his insinuations which are shown to be erroneous. The statement in the CLARION of the 14th inst. that Mr. Price, is 'the person employed under the provisions of the act, which authorized the Commissioners to procure the services of a SKILFUL AND EXPERIENCED engineer,' is incorrect....

"Mr. Price was engaged for the purpose of performing the more active and arduous duties of taking charge of a party running levels, and locating the canal line. These are duties which of late have seldom been performed by the principal Engineers of New York, but are usually performed by Assistants, under their direction, and subject to their revision." (12)

Abstract 21 - H Sept. 10; ed:3/2

"We assure the Editor of the Sandusky CLARION that we feel no disposition to enter into a long controversy about the Canal or the proceedings of the Canal Commissioners, however desirable it may be to him or his friends....

"The Commissioners ought not to be censured, because it is feared nature has not furnished a sufficiency of water for a Canal on the Sandusky route. That fact, we have no doubt, will be satisfactorily ascertained; and should it fortunately be discovered that there is, we presume the Editor of the CLARION will be among the last to attempt to bring the Canal policy into disrepute, by puerile endeavors to cast odium upon the public agents. If, for the want of water, the Editor of the CLARION and his friends choose to 'kick up a dust,' we shall not get into a passion about it; but trust to the sober sense of the people and the dictates of common justice, for the support of faithful public servants." (6)

Abstract 22 - H Sept. 10:5/2

Judge Bates arrived at this place on Sept. 2 on the steam-boat from Buffalo and left here a few days ago in company with Mr. Kelley to enter upon the duties of canal engineer.

Abstract 23 - H Sept. 17:3/2

Price and Kilbourne, canal engineers, arrived in this village on Sept. 11, having completed the surveys in the Cuyahoga valley from the portage summit to the still water in the Cuyahoga river, four or five miles from this place.

We understand the summit level is found to be about 390 feet above the lake and a few feet below the surface of the portage pond, which it is supposed, can be used as a reservoir if necessary. The route is said to be as feasible as has been anticipated.

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

At the time of our last news report from Columbus the canal commissioners had not made their report, but they were expected to in a few days.

"The subject of the Canal appears to excite great attention. The time of the Legislature during the session is expected to be principally devoted to this important question." (3)

(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume VII (1824), pages 74 through 77. Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)

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