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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04897
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0099] March-April 1791 
Title David Cobb to Henry Knox about his son accepting a military commission from the President and his hopes to build a canal
Date 3 April 1791
Author Cobb, David (1748-1830)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Informs Knox that his son, William Gray Cobb, "thou by a wrong name" has accepted a military commission offered to him by President George Washington. Says he hopes to build a canal and believes that it may interest Knox as well. Asks Knox to send an engineer to survey the county for the project. They are competing with other canal companies in New England. Says, "what makes it a matter of greater consequence at this time, is, that the Company at Hartford have now, on the Files of our Genl Assembly, an Act, to empower them to clear the Falls on Connecticut River within the Commonwealth, which will pass at the next Session of the Genl Court in spite of all opposition, and unless the Canal from this Town to Connecticut River is soon undertaken, the commerce of Vermont, New Hampshire &c will infallibly pass down that River to New York..." Would like Knox's input on the various calculations and plans for building the canal.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Military History  President  Government and Civics  Canals  Infrastructure  Transportation  Commerce  Surveying  Government and Civics  
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Government & Politics; Science, Technology, Invention; Industry; Merchants & Commerce; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859