New York: George F. Hopkins, 1824. 40pp. Disbound, lightly spotted, a bit of pencil marginalia. Good+.
Called here "the father of the New-York canals," Clinton was a Canal Commissioner from 1810-1824. In this capacity, and through his influence as Governor, he was the prime mover of the State's great canal projects, which he executed despite "streams and torrents of ridicule, calumny, and insult."
The New York legislature, in a fit of political pique-- "party violence of the blackest type"-- removed him as Canal Commissioner. This rally in New York City, in front of City Hall, assembled to "condemn the resolution of the Senate and Assembly, which has removed De Witt Clinton as Canal Commissioner, and caused his consequent removal as President of the Board." The removal was "an ungenerous, unnecessary, and abortive attempt to separate De Witt Clinton from a great national work."
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