[Philadelphia: 1799]. 7, [1 blank]. Disbound, trimmed closely at top margin without affecting text. Else Very Good, with a few contemporary margin corrections.
Latrobe, the celebrated engineer and canal-builder, was considered the Father of American Architecture. He had made "terrible complaints against the Committee of the Delaware and Schuylkill Canal Company." He argued, "with an air of very arrogant superiority," that the Company's proposed canal was impractical and based on unsound engineering principles. Smith's angry rebuttal is unsigned: Latrobe "took too much liberty with a name at the foot of a former one. But he may substitute any names, or name, either of the whole, or any part or individual, of the Canal Committee, as he may think it best." It is dated in type at the end, "January 26th, 1799."
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