Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1825, May. 1 through June. 30 *
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Abstract 47 - H[erald] May 6; ed:3/1

The editor of the Painesville TELEGRAPH wishes to know how "long it is since we discarded a name which we now use as one of reproach." He alludes to our calling those opposed to canals "bucktails."

"This was a title by which the opposers of the New York Canals were designated in that State; and the manner in which we use it conveys no other 'reproach' than must always be inferred, when parties are called by appropriate names. If our anti-canal friends in Painesville really consider it a reproach to be classed with the bucktails of New York, they can avoid the stigma by refusing to imitate their example. As we were never identified with that party, having uniformly been friendly to the Canal policy, we have never 'discarded a name' to which we have had no legitimate title." (5)


Abstract 48 - H May 13:3/1

In a letter to the editor, Alfred Kelley, acting canal commissioner, says: A part of the canal line will be ready to put under contract early in June. Public notice will be given from time to time stating the precise time that certain parts of the line will be ready for contract. The time and place of receiving bids will also be designated in order that all those who wish to bid on the jobs may be accommodated. (4)


Abstract 49 - H May 13:3/1

The board of canal commissioners convened at Wooster on May 5. As was generally anticipated, the commissioners decided in favor of locating the line of the canal on the Tuscarawas and Cuyahoga route, and of course the northern terminal will be at Cleaveland. The decision of the board was unanimous with the exception of Commissioner Kelley, who did not vote. (5)


Abstract 50 - H May 13; ed:3/1

Liberal donations to the canal fund have been obtained from individuals who own property along the northern section of the canal, which is so situated as to be much enhanced in value by the location.

"These donations, which do credit to the patriotism and liberality of the individuals who have made them, will aid considerably in the payment of the interest on loans while the work is progressing." (3)


Abstract 51 - H May 13; ed:3/2

The writers on the staff of the Sandusky CLARION complain because we have devoted so little attention to their representations on the subject of the canal.

"The misrepresentations of such men, or 'the clamors of such a print as the Sandusky CLARION,' require little notice. They are anxious to make a noise; and should we attempt fully to expose their motives and objects, it would be giving them a space in the public eye which is not merited by their talents or their influence."


Abstract 52 - H May 20; ed:3/1

We have been favored with a copy of the report of the engineers which was made to the canal commissioners on May 5. We will publish it in our next issues.

"After reading it, we presume no candid person will question the propriety of the decision of the Commissioners."


Abstract 53 - H May 20; ed:3/1,2

The editor of the Sandusky CLARION publishes a list of nine counties in which meetings have been held in opposition to the canals, as well as the names of the members of the committees appointed at these meetings.

"He forgets, however, to inform his readers that a majority of the people in even some of these are friendly to the Canal policy.... One would suppose, that the Editor of the CLARION, after making up this beggarly account, would be far from considering it as encouraging to his political associates." (8)


Abstract 54 - H May 27; ed:3/1

We have heretofore understood that many of the most substantial and influential citizens of Richland were in favor of the canal, notwithstanding its location: but that the friends of the measure were so numerous and respectable as they now appear to be, we had not anticipated.

"Let such principles and liberal feelings prevail, and nothing can retard our growth in everything calculated to render a State wealthy, powerful and prosperous." (3)


Abstract 55 - H May 27; ed:3/1

We are informed by a gentleman present at the anti-canal meeting in Painesville a few weeks since that it consisted of only about 80 individuals, and that the resolutions they adopted were not passed unanimously, as was stated.

"Personal objects were in view, and not the honor or interest of the State." (3)


Abstract 56 - H June 3; ed:3/1

By the advertisement of one of the acting commissioners it appears that the 15 miles of the canal, including about 300 feet of lockage, will be ready to be put under contract on June 9.

"A great number of contractors, and some laborers, have already arrived from New York, and many citizens of our own State are also making preparations to avail themselves of the present incitement to industry and enterprise." (2)


Abstract 57 - H June 3; ed:3/1

The presence of Gov. Dewitt Clinton of New York has been requested on the occasion of "breaking ground" for the canal, which is expected to take place on July 4, either at the Portage or Licking summit, and it is hoped and believed he will accept the invitation.

"It will add essentially to the joy of the day to find so conspicuous a champion of Internal Improvements among us, taking part in the commencement of a great national work, second only to the one in which his celebrity and his fame is identified.... He might be received, in other parts of the Union, with more outward pomp and ceremony, than among the plain citizens of young Ohio; but no where would he find more heartfelt gratitude and cordiality." (4)


Abstract 58 - H June 3; ed:3/1,2

It is believed that some of the distinguished citizens of New York will accompany Governor Clinton on his expected visit to Ohio.

"There will doubtless be a vast collection of our citizens at the great celebration; and we hope to see the Editor of the Sandusky CLARION and his chief cook among them. If some of the New York editors would also take a jaunt out here, they would find enough to amuse their subscribers for a month after their return." (3)


Abstract 59 - H June 10; ed:3/1

A writer in the Sandusky paper of May 28, after speaking of the loans authorized to construct the Ohio canals, makes the following remarks: "Thus, it is proposed to borrow sum after sum, until its enormous amount bewilders our understanding - we become weighed down under the immense load of millions - taxes heap on taxes - bankruptcies, poverty, crime, prisons and halters in view - the execrations of posterity groaning under the burthens we thoughtlessly heaped upon them, are sounding in our ears, like the thunder which shakes the earth from pole to pole. And it needs no great stretch of the imagination, to fancy the day not far distant, when the descendants of our loins, crushed by the enormous weight of their taxes, will lie down and tamely become slaves; or in frantic despair will seize upon the murderous weapons of war - discharge the debt at the point of the bayonet; or seal the covenant, into which we are about to enter with their blood!!!"

"Pro-di-gious! Can it be possible this poor fellow really anticipates these frightful evils? If he does, he is certainly an object of compassion; his understanding must be already a little bewildered. We hope he will be closely watched. All conversation, in his presence, relative to Canals in general, and to ours in particular, should be carefully avoided. Warm weather is approaching - the big ditch will be commenced in a few days; and unless he is gently treated, he may be 'as mad as a March hare, ' before dog-days are -over."


Abstract 60 - H June 10; ed:3/1

The Salem GAZETTE states that at an election held in Columbiana county for borough officers in New Lisbon a few days since, the sentiments of the voters on the subject of the canal was expressed by a vote of 46 for the canal and 13 against it.

"New Lisbon has heretofore been considered the rallying point of the opposition in Columbiana, but the above statement tends to confirm what we mentioned sometime ago, that the excitement in that county was dying away. (4)


Abstract 61 - H June 10:3/1

The acting commissioners and engineers are indefatigably engaged in preparing the canal line for contract. From the number of experienced contractors on the ground, it is presumed the fifteen miles of canal line, and 300 feet of lockage, which have been advertised, will be let on terms very favorable. It is expected the whole line from the Portage summit to the lake will be put under contract before the first of August. (verbatim)


Abstract 62 -H June 10; ed:3/1

A paper printed in Cadiz, Harrison county, says, that when the news of the location of the canal on the Tuscarawas route was received it that place, the town was brilliantly illuminated and much joy manifested on the occasion. Cadiz is situated about 25 miles from the line of the canal.

"This is an intimation of the public feeling in the interior of the State, in relation to our system of internal improvement."


Abstract 63 - H June 17:3/1

We understand the sections of the canal which were ready for contract have been taken up on terms very favorable to the state, and for considerably less than the estimates of the engineers. The unusual natural facilities afforded for building the locks have enabled them to be let much cheaper than similar works have generally been built, on the New York canal. (verbatim)


Abstract 64 - H June 17:3/1

Our readers will be gratified to learn, that his Excellency DeWitt Clinton has signified his intention to be present at the Canal Celebration, on the 4th of July, agreeably to the request of the Canal Commissioners. He will probably arrive in Buffalo so as to take passage on the Steam-Boat which leaves that place on the 29th inst. and land in this village during the afternoon of the following day. We are informed the Celebration will take place at the Licking summit. (verbatim) (2)


Abstract 65 - H June 24; adv:2/4

About 14 miles of the line of the Ohio canal, commencing at the Portage summit and extending from thence northwardly toward the lake, has been put under contract for construction. A further proportion of the line will be prepared for contract by the ninth of next month, and proposals will be received for constructing the same on or before that day at Cleaveland. It case of my absence, sealed proposals may be left at the post office in this village, and will receive due attention at the proper time. Forms of contracts, containing specifications of the manner in which various kinds of work are to be performed, may be seen at the post office or printing office in this village, or by application to the subscriber.

A profile and map of the line will be exhibited before the time for receiving proposals will expire.

The extent of the line, which will be prepared for contract on July 9 cannot now be stated with certainty. It will probably, however, be from 12 to 16 miles and will include six to ten locks and one dam, or aqueduct, across the Cuyahoga river, and protection walls of timber or stone of considerable extent.

Editors in the northern part of the state are requested to give the above notice by insertion in their papers, and forward their bills, should they think proper to charge therefore, to the subscriber for payment. Alfred Kelley, acting commissioner. (12)


(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume VIII (1825), pages 166 through 170. Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)


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