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Memorial from Inhabitants of New York on Canal between the Hudson River and Lake Erie

Canal Commissioner DeWitt Clinton's petition to a joint committee of the New York State Senate and Assembly to create a canal system between the Hudson River and Lake Erie, later known as the Erie Canal.;This document, known as the "New York Memorial", was signed by several respected New York citizens, and effectively began the movement in the state to create a canal system. Copies were circulated throughout the state, and resulted in a separate petition signed by more than one hundred thousand New Yorkers to begin work on the Erie Canal.;This document was partially burned in the State Capitol fire of 1911.
Identifier: NYSA_A4682-99_B20
Date: February 15 1816
Language: English
Repository: New York State Archives
Source: New York State Archives, New York (State). Legislature. Assembly. Files related to Revolutionary War claims and other subjects, ca. 1777-1830. Series A4682-99, Box 20, Folder A.
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Alternate Identifier: DMS ID Number: 177008
Related Archival Materials: Digital representation of 8.5 x 12" document.: Transcript available in David Hosack, "Memoir of DeWitt Clinton: With an Appendix, Containing Numerous Documents, Illustrative of the Principal Events of His Life" (1829), pp. 406-421.

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Erie Canal (is associated with)