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
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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Geographic Locations

Erie Canal