Abstracts Concerning Canals

* 1825, Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 *
Cleveland Herald


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Abstract 80 - H[erald] Oct. 14; ed:3/1

We learn from the New York papers that Oct. 26 has been decided upon as the day for the celebration of the completion of the Grand canal. From one end of the line to the other preparations are being made to manifest the joy of the people. New York expects to have processions that will be accompanied by the most imposing ceremonies that have been witnessed since the rejoicings in honor of the adoption of the Federal constitution. (2)


Abstract 81 - H Oct. 21; ed:3/4

At a recent meeting in Clarksburg, Va., it was stated that a canal uniting the waters of the Potomac with those of the Ohio river, commencing at the summit in the Allegheny glades and proceeding in a westerly direction, would not only be practical, but would combine greater public advantages than could be obtained by any other route. A committee was appointed to direct the attention of the secretary of war to this region. A meeting was also held in Zanesville to promote co-operation with the Virginians.

The anxiety manifested to have the state canal pass down the Muskingum valley might induce the government to adopt the Little Kenhawa or Muskingum route in preference to the route through Pittsburgh and up the Mahoning river to Lake Erie. It was suggested in a recent Pittsburgh paper that the citizens of that city should co-operate with the citizens of Trumbull and Portage counties in having the canal extend through Pittsburgh in a northwesterly direction to Lake Erie at Cleaveland.

"Should these accounts be true, those in this section of the state, as well as the citizens of Pittsburgh, have some reason to fear powerful rival claims to our present prospects of having the government adopt the Pittsburgh route."


Abstract 82 - H Oct. 28:3/1

It having been announced that the Grand Erie canal was to be completed on Oct. 26, the citizens of this village collected together at Merwin's hotel to rejoice at the opening of a water communication to the Atlantic. A respectable number of gentlemen sat down to a sumptuous entertainment prepared by Mr. Merwin, on short notice. After discussing the merits of the pigs, sirloin, and fowl set before them, and disposing of a few pies, puddings, other goodies, several toasts were announced by the president of the day, Horace Perry, Esq., who was assisted by Maj. Jas. S. Clarke, vice-president. These toasts were responded to with an enthusiasm corresponding with the sentiments and the occasion. Several other toasts were offered by H. Rice, Dr. David Long, John W. Willey, Esq., P. B. Andrews, Walter Filley, and H. Foote. The company retired at an early hour and nothing occurred to mar the harmony of the joyful occasion. (14)


Abstract 83 - H Nov. 4; ed:3/1

We learn by the papers received by the last Buffalo Mail, that the Celebration of the Completion of the Grand Canal, took place on the 26th ult. agreeably to previous arrangements. We have neither time nor room to give the particulars; but everything appears to have been conducted in the real New-York style. Grand salutes - splendid processions - neat Addresses, and every demonstration of joy and gratitude, were exhibited. The SENECA CHIEF, a Canal Boat, was superbly fitted up, and started for the City of New-York about 10 o'clock, having on board Gov. Clinton, Lieut. Gov. Tallmadge, and many other gentlemen of distinction, together with the Buffalo and Rochester Committees of Arrangement. Their departure was announced by the discharge of a 32 pounder, which was also the commencement of the great State Salute. It is stated that the sound was returned from Albany, in about three hours and twenty minutes. (verbatim) (4)


Abstract 84 - H Nov. 18; ed:3/1

David S. Bates, Esq., principal engineer of the Ohio canal, arrived from New York on Nov. 13. It is now expected that the northern termination of the canal will be located in a short time. No little anxiety is felt respecting the final decision of the commissioners. The line will either be continued on the east side of the river, or a dam built across the Cuyahoga a few miles from its mouth, and the canal taken over and brought to its termination on the opposite side.

"It is a question respecting which we can not be supposed to be capable of judging; but we may be permitted to remark, that the public opinion cannot be mistaken. It is decidedly and unquestionably in favor of the eastern route." (4)


Abstract 85 - Nov. 25:2/5

A procession of about 20 carts, laden with the produce of the western country, brought from Lake Erie through the canal passed through several streets of New York city yesterday forenoon, carrying appropriate flags and banners. The produce was from Detroit, from Sandusky, from Cleaveland, from Buffalo, and various other towns to the west of that place. (verbatim) (2)


Abstract 86 - H Nov. 25; ed:3/1

"It was reasonable to suppose that the result of the late election in this State, and the general and noiseless triumph of the friends of the Canal policy, would have satisfied the opposition of the futility of further clamor, and produced at least a calm acquiescence in measure which they cannot control." But our Sandusky friends have apparently nothing to talk about but the "stupidity" of our last Legislature, and the "misrepresentations" of the Canal Commissioners. (7)


Abstract 87 - H Nov. 25; adv:3/5

Notice to Contractors. In consequence of the commissioners not being able to procure a competent engineer to locate and prepare the line between Portage summit and Kendal for contract as early as was expected, that part of the Ohio canal will not be ready to let until about Dec. 20 next, and possibly not until Dec. 25 or 30.

As soon as it can be ascertained at what time the line will probably be prepared for letting, public notice of the time and place of receiving proposals will be given.

I am happy in being able to state that few such cases exist; but the season for some time past has been and is now such, that no excuse will be accepted for the neglect of the work. Alfred Kelley, acting commissioner.


Abstract 88 - H Dec. 9; ed:3/1

The question respecting the termination of the canal is now the all-engrossing topic of conversation among the people of this county. The engineers have estimated the difference in the cost of the two routes at about $6,000 in favor of that west of the river. The project of a dam is abandoned, and a wooden aqueduct is to be substituted to take the canal across the Cuyahoga about four miles from this village.

We are informed by Judge Bates that it would be impracticable to build a stone aqueduct, as the level of the canal line would not permit it to be sufficiently elevated; and it is asserted with confidence by men whose veracity no one will impeach, that the river has frequently been known to rise considerably higher than the level of the wooden aqueduct as established by the engineers.

We have purposely refrained from any remarks on this subject, for reason satisfactory at least to ourselves, if not to our readers. It is a matter of astonishment to many that the choice of the routes could ever have been made a question for a difference of opinion; and the manner in which the whole subject has been treated, has given rise to much speculation, and a variety of opinions. Time will disclose their truth or fallacy. (verbatim)


Abstract 89 - H Dec. 30; ed:3/1

The northern termination of the canal is finally fixed. The line is continued on the east side of the Cuyahoga to the village of Cleaveland - the route. almost universally believed to be preferable to the one west of the river on many accounts; and which we, as well as many of our fellow citizens, have long felt assured would be ultimately adopted if no contributions whatever had been made to secure it.

"It should be recollected however, that the Canal Commissioners are the agents of the State, and not of a country or village; and while they discharge their duty to their employers, they cannot be justly censurable." (9)


Abstract 90 - H Dec. 30; ed:3/1

The report of the canal commissioners was presented to the general assembly on Dec. 12. A copy of it has been received by us and we regret our inability to give it an immediate insertion. It gives a plain, perspicuous statement of the progress of the canals, and of the prospects of the state in relation to the ways and means for their accomplishment.

"There can be no longer a doubt of the ability of the State to accomplish the work without oppression, nor of its entire construction for less than the cost at which it was originally estimated."

We learn from the report that the village of Cleaveland donated about $5,000 to the canal fund. (4)


Abstract 91 - H Dec. 30; ed:3/1,2

"Since the last Election, it has been the general impression, at home and abroad, that the opposition to the Ohio Canals had ceased.... The Editors of the Sandusky CLARION repel the idea that the opposition is dwindling away; and about two columns of their last sheet are taken up in trying to prove that the citizens of Ohio are groaning under oppression - their finances squandered by a corrupt administration, and that the General Assembly, by authorizing additional loans to construct 'useless' Canals, will act in defiance of the warnings, reasoning and opinions, of the people of Sandusky City. We mention the fact for public information. A circumstance so important ought to be known beyond the boundary of a single county." (6)


(From Annals of Cleveland - 1818-1935, Volume VIII (1825), pages 174 through 177. Cleveland: Cleveland WPA. 1937.)


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