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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
Relation: Has version: 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.,
Is format of: Digital representation of 8.5 x 12" document.

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Erie Canal (is associated with)