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Plans for building the Erie Canal...



Item # 616963

April 13, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, April 13, 1816  Perhaps the best content in this issue is a nice article headed: "The Lakes with the Ocean!" which is a full page article on plans to dig the famous Erie Canal. Near the beginning of it is: "The most sublime & magnificent object of its kind...is that of uniting our great inland seas with the Atlantic, by means of a grand canal from lake Erie to the waters of the Hudson..." with much more (see photos for portions).
This is followed by another full page article headed: "Report of the Joint Committee on the Subject of the Great Canal".
Among the other reports in this issue are: "National Currency"; "Skenandoh, the Indian Chief" and various congressional reports noting political events of the day.
Complete in 16 pages, measures about 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches and in very nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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