Letter to the honorable Brockholst Livingston, Esq. One of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, on the Lake Canal Policy of the State of New-York.

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Letter to the honorable Brockholst Livingston, Esq. One of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, on the Lake Canal Policy of the State of New-York.

Subject

New York (State)
Erie Canal
Document
Troup, Robert, 1757-1832.
Livingston, Brockholst, 1757-1823
Correspondence
Watson, Elkanah 1758-1842
Route
Construction

Description

Pages thirty-four and thirty-five from the document of a thirty-eight page letter dated February 8th, 1822 written by Robert Troup with extensive supplements and appendices. Nearing the completion of the construction of the Erie Canal, a great deal of controversy had emerged over who should receive credit for having first proposed the idea of the canal. Troup argues that Elkanah Watson should be given credit for the initial idea of the canal just as Robert Fulton is given credit for navigation. In 1822, in an attempt to settle the dispute, Robert Troup agreed to republish his pamphlet somewhat altered, both in form and substance in which he remarks: We see the bold conceptions of Mr. [Elkanah] Watson's sagacious and comprehensive mind lying at the foundation of the act of March, 1792.

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Excerpted from original publication: Letter to the honorable Brockholst Livingston, Esq. One of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, on the Lake Canal Policy of the State of New-York. Albany: Packard & Van Benthuysen, 1822. ACCESSION# 2261; EC0026

Date

1822

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"Letter to the honorable Brockholst Livingston, Esq. One of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, on the Lake Canal Policy of the State of New-York.," in Opening of the Erie Canal, Item #372, http://library.gc.cuny.edu/erie_canal/items/show/372 (accessed April 23, 2014).