Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1825, July 1 through Sept. 30 *
Cleveland Herald


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Abstract 66 - H[erald] July 1:3/1

Governor Dewitt Clinton of New York arrived in this village last evening with his suite, consisting of General Solomon Van Rensselear, Conklin, Messrs. Rathbone and Lord, (the gentlemen with whom our canal loan was negotiated),and several other citizens of New York. The party arrived here from Buffalo on the steamboat SUPERIOR about six p.m. A national salute was fired, then they landed under a discharge of minute guns from the boat, at the foot of Superior st. Accompanied by a reception committee, the party proceeded to Merwin's hotel, where a large number of our citizens were assembled for the purpose of paying their respects to his excellency. Samuel Cowls, Esq., welcomed the party with an expressive speech which was replied to by Governor Clinton. The late hour at which he arrived, and the necessity he was under of an early departure for his destination, precluded the possibility of paying him all the honors merited by so distinguished a public benefactor. His excellency and his suite left the village this morning for the Licking summit, for the purpose of attending the canal celebration on July 4. He was accompanied by Alfred Kelley, Esq., one of the acting canal commissioners and several other citizens of Cleveland. (15)


Abstract 67 - H July 1; ed:3/2

The editors of the CLARION snappishly decline the invitation we gave them to attend the canal celebration on the Fourth of July by saying they "will not unite in profaning a day sacred to liberty." We presume they have made arrangements for a cat-fish feast at home; and as for toasts, we shall probably see one comprising the wish they have so often expressed respecting the friends of the canal, that they be sent to a political hell from which there is no redemption.

"A sentiment like this, washed down with whiskey diluted with the pure waters of Sandusky Bay, would be calculated to afford the opposition great relief." (4)


Abstract 68 - H July 8: ed:3/2

Some person, under the respectable signature of Bridgewater, is writing a series of essays against the Ohio canals, and giving them to the public through the medium of a paper sometimes called the WAPPING CLARION and printed at Sandusky.

"He is probably not aware that the English Duke of that name was almost an enthusiast on the subject of Canals, and did more, in his day, to render them popular in Great Britain, than any other individual in the united kingdom. If, after this explanation, he should think proper to discard his present signature as incongruous, we would suggest to him the adoption of Bilgewater, as better adapted to his style and sentiments." (3)


Abstract 69 - H July 15:3/2

About seven miles of the canal were put under contract on July 9 at prices even lower than the sections previously let. It was found impracticable to get any more in readiness. Twenty-one miles are now in the hands of contractors, and it is expected the remainder of the line from the Portage summit to the lake, will be in readiness the latter part of August, and will be let at one time. (2)


Abstract 70 - H July 22; ed:3/1

The address of Governor Clinton, delivered at the Licking summit, cannot fail to calm the fears of some who have expressed an apprehension that our state is too young and feeble to engage in the splendid system of internal improvement now progressing, and that the revenue to be derived from the Ohio canal would not justify the expense.

"It is presumed that those who have personal objects in view, will still persevere in their hostility to a work which will invigorate the growth of the State, and produce, in a few years, an overflowing Treasury; while every intelligent citizen, who has the prosperity of his country at heart, will yield a cordial support to the measures necessary for an economical prosecution of the grand undertaking." (6)


Abstract 71 - H July 22; ed:3/1

We are informed that those sections of the canal line which are under contract are prosecuted with great zeal and some are now nearly completed. A great number of laborers are employed and every vessel from Buffalo brings more or less of the hardy sons of Erin seeking employment in the same business.

"Our liberal minded friends up the Lake must uncork their opposition bottles, and let the froth flow more copiously, or Canal Boats will soon be navigating the obnoxious valley of the Cuyahoga." (3)


Abstract 72 - H July 29:3/1

Mr. Price, assistant engineer, has lately been engaged in surveying a route for the canal on each side of the Cuyahoga river, for the purpose of determining on that which should prove more feasible. We understand the line is to be continued on the east side from the point previously located to its termination. (2)


Abstract 73 - H Aug. 12; ed:3/1

The people of Trumbull and Portage counties are considerably interested in having the Chesapeake and Ohio canal intersect the Ohio canal at the Portage summit.

"Of the relative merits of the different routes proposed, no opinion can at present be formed; but justice requires that all those which are apparently feasible, should be accurately surveyed." (3)


Abstract 74 - H Aug. 12; adv:3/4

Proposals will be received on or before Aug. 29 at Cleaveland for construction of so much of the Ohio canal as extends from the head of the Pinery narrows in Northfield, Portage county, to the place where the canal will enter the river near Cleaveland. Alfred Kelley, acting commissioner.


Abstract 75 - H Aug. 19; ed:3/1

The work on the Ohio canal is now progressing with great spirit and success. Almost every kind of work has already been subjected to the test of experiment.

"The successful prosecution of this noble work, seems to be gradually allaying the fears and forebodings of those who honestly doubted the canal policy. But while it produces this effect in most parts of the State, it appears rather to increase the violence and asperity of the opposition among our neighbors in Sandusky.... Their opposition increases in violence, as the avowed reasons for its existence diminish. But hostility which springs from local jealousy, and envy, will naturally increase with the success of the work which generates such feelings."


Abstract 76 - H Sept. 9; ed:3/1

The last contract letting of the Ohio canal brings the line under contract from the summit lake on the Portage summit down to within two or three miles of the northern termination in the river near this village.

"The uncommon facilities afforded by nature for procuring the materials for building locks, has contributed greatly to reduce the expense of this part of the Canal below the estimates of the Engineers. Even the most experienced Lock builders have been deceived in the ease with which stone can be procured and fitted for building locks. They are procured and wrought much more easily than any one anticipated." (9)


Abstract 77 - H Sept. 23; ed:3/1

Preparations are making in New York for a great celebration on the completion of the Grand Western canal, which is expected to be finished in a few days. We shall then have an uninterrupted water communication with the Atlantic. Shall notice of rejoicing be witnessed in Ohio on this auspicious occasion? (verbatim) (2)


Abstract 78 - H Sept. 30; ed:3/1

It is an interesting fact that when the first public meeting was held to consider the project of a canal to connect the ocean and the lakes that not 30 persons could be assembled to take it into serious consideration.

The merit of services rendered by public men is in exact proportion to the difficulties they overcome in affecting great public objects; and now, without calling to mind the state of public feeling and the opposition experienced at the commencement of the New York canals, we can enjoy the full tide of gratitude which every citizen of Ohio, as well as of New York, ought to feel toward the founders. It is encouraging also, to contrast the distractions and divisions in our sister state with the comparative quietness and unanimity which prevails in this state on a question of a similar nature. Our canals were commenced without an opposition that deserves the name and the administration still enjoys the unabated confidence of the people.

"Although the glorious example of New York renders the unanimity of our councils the cause of little surprise, it is creditable to our citizens that we are willing to avail ourselves of the experience of others, and facilitate the march of the State to wealth, power and greatness, by the establishment of public works of which Rome herself might well have been proud."


Abstract 79 - H Sept. 30; ed:3/1,2

The New York STATESMAN, speaking of the contemplated celebration on the completion of the Grand Western canal, says: "Arrangements might easily be made for extending a line of cannon along the Canal and Hudson River from Buffalo to Sandy Hook, at such convenient distances, that on the entering of the Pioneer boat into the Canal from the waters of the Lake, the event should be announced by the discharge of a 24 pounder at the extreme western section, and let the echo of this discharge be the signal for the next gun on the line, and so through the whole distance, thus conveying, the glad news of the glorious consummation from one end of the state to the other in the course of four or five hours by means of "A Grand State Feu de Joie." (4)


(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume VIII (1825), pages 170 through 174. Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)


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