Title: Open letter to] the Hon. Z. Barton Stout
Publication Date: 1838
Book Condition: Near Fine
Single leaf (322x203mm), printed on both sides, with text in two columns. Hawley gives a little history of the construction of the Erie Canal. Flattened creases from folding, else fine. Jesse Hawley was a flour merchant in Geneva, New York who became an early and major proponent of building of the Erie Canal. He had envisioned encouraging the growing of large quantities of grain on the Western New York plains (then largely unsettled) for sale on the Eastern seaboard. However, he went bankrupt trying to ship grain to the coast. While in Canandaigua debtors' prison, Hawley began pressing for the construction of a canal along the 90-mile-long Mohawk River valley with support from Joseph Ellicott (agent for the Holland Land Company in Batavia). Bookseller Inventory # JC12842
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