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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04909
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0099] March-April 1791 
Title Henry Knox to William Smith, Isaiah Thomas, William Hull asking for a surveyor regarding building a canal
Date 7 April 1791
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Smith, William  Thomas, Isaiah  Hull, William  
Document Type Correspondence; Land transaction document
Content Description Knox sends to Smith by the bearer "Mr. John Hills" a letter asking Smith if he could help Knox find a surveyor who could help him "ascertain [the] practicability" of building a canal that would "open an inland navigation from Connecticut River to Boston." Hills is also sent to survey that possibility as well. Knox acknowledges that the idea might be "entirely utopian" but it is worth exploring more, for it would offer "immense public advantages." Marked as a copy in the docket.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Canals  Infrastructure  Transportation  Commerce  Surveying  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Smith, William (fl. 1791)  Thomas, Isaiah (1749-1831)  Hull, William (1753-1825)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Science, Technology, Invention; Industry; Merchants & Commerce; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859