Memoir of de Witt Clinton; With an Appendix, Containing Numerous Documents, Illustrative of the Principal Events of His Life by David Hosack

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Memoir of de Witt Clinton; With an Appendix, Containing Numerous Documents, Illustrative of the Principal Events of His Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ... with the preceding communications, as illustrative of the well established claims of the author to the originality of the views they develope. While these papers show in the writer superior sagacity and knowledge, I feel that I perform a duty to the community in attempting to preserve them from oblivion. From these it will also appear, that the merits of Mr. Hawley, by some singular combination of circumstances, have not hitherto been duly estimated. When it is considered, that in these numbers Mr. Hawley points out the track of a canal from the foot of Lake Erie to the Mohawk River nearly corresponding with the route of the present canal, urges the propriety of an immediate survey, and estimates the expense with wonderful accuracy, as has since been ascertained, at six millions of dollars! it is certainly surprising, amidst the numerous publications on this subject, that Mr. Watson and Mr. Colden* are the only persons who have rendered that justice to Mr. Hawley which his merits and services claim from this state.t Introductory Essay by Jesse Hawley.J In consequence of the difference and conflict of political sentiments which pervade the United States, respecting the administration of the government, and the appropriation of their resources, it is probable that it will be left to the future politician to duly appreciate and justly admire the ingenuity and patriotism of Mr. Jefferson, which devised and promul * See Watson's History, and Colden's Memoir. t Were it necessary, I could still adduce many other collateral proofs in my possession, lately received from Mr. Hawley; but these, upon the publication of this volume, with the other original documents from which I have composed this work, will be deposited, for preservation, in the...

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