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Robert M. Patterson
The Canal Era: Pennsylvania, Seeing the Tremendous Success of New York’s Erie Canal, Will Rise to the Occasion and Build Canals The archive of Robert M. Patterson, first Canal Commissioner of the State
22/02/1825. With manuscript and printed material documenting the work of the pro-canal Committee of 24 and the Pennsylvania Legislature to open westward communicationBy the close of the year 1824 the State of New York's chief internal improvement project, the Erie Canal, was nearing completion. It was already so successful that the state began to feel the positive economic effects - and also to promote them. It was rapidly tapping the commercial resources of the ""new west""; trading was brisk; land values were increased; the influx of immigrants was add_ing to its population, giving rise to towns, and gaining for New York even greater potential economic strength. The rise of New York posed a challenge to the other states, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was the first to accept the challenge. Merchants, traders, bankers, and the foremost residents of Philadelphia were concerned with the jolt the Erie Canal gave to their economic bid for Eastern seaboard supremacy. During 1825 an extensive and unceasing campaign in favor of internal improvements took effect in the Commonwealth, and this was ably assisted by one small but influential group - ""The Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Internal Improvements.” These men were determined to do something constructive to improve Philadelphia's competitive position.In the spring of 1824 Pennsylvania first took up the challenge. On March 26 the legislature passed a bill that authorized the governor to appoint a board of commissioners, comprising three men, for the purpose of collecting data and report_ing on the feasibili … [Click Below for Full Description]
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