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the rapids, called the “ Falls." We have said there were parties, and we might have added two chartered companies, one by Kentucky and the other by Indiana, were disputing about which side of the river, was best adapted to a canal. These companies, deputed agents, who strongly insisted on governor Clinton's visiting the Falls and settling the dispute about the best location for this canal. To this invitation, Clinton yielded and assented to visit Louisville, by water, in company with governor Morrow. The latter appointing general Schenk, Joseph S. Benham Esquire and Robert T. Lytle Esquire his aids de camp, he accompanied governor Clinton to the Falls. Here after a patient and careful examination of the ground on both sides of the river, Clinton gave his decided preference to the Louisville side of the Ohio. To this decision all parties in the end assented, and on that side, since then, a canal has been made.
From Lousiville, the Governors ascended the Ohio river to Cincinnati where, by the appointment of that city, in the first Presbyterian church, Joseph S. Benham Esquire, in a house overflowing with citizens, delivered an address to governor Clinton. This address and its answer by Clinton were admired for their classical eloquence, pure patriotism, and their heart stirring effect, on all who heard them. A most splendid public dinner, was next offered by the city and partaken of, by the state's guest. . .
From this city the governors went to Middletown, on the Great Miami, where amidst a vast concourse of people, the Miami canal was commenced by the Governors. An address to governor Clinton and to the citizens was delivered by JOSEPE HI. CRANE Esquire. And there was a public dinner, at Middletown.
Governor Clinton was escorted from the Miami country to the Scioto river, at Chillicothe, thence passing through Cir. oleville, Lancaster, Somerset, Zanesville, Cambridge and other towns eastwardly; he visited Pittsburgh, where he was received in Pennsylvania, with distinguished attention. In addition to all other tokens of respect, which that city tendered to him, a large and beautiful steamer was launched in his presence,
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named DEWITT CLINTON; adorned with his bust, a most perfect likeness of the Governor of New York. He then passed rapidly across Pennsylvania and New Jersey to New York city. · During all the time, while Mr. Clinton was in this state, from the first moment he touched our soil, at Cleveland, until he left the state, neither he' nor his aids, ever paid a single cent, for whatever they needed. They were every where treated as Ohio's invited guests. From one shire town to another, Clinton was attended by all its county officers, and the most distinguished citizens of each county, to its line; where the governor was received by a similar escort, from the adjoining county, and, by them conducted to the next city or town. In this manner, he passed across the state. As soon as he appeared in sight of any town, the bells of all its · churches and public buildings rang their merriest peals; the cannon roared its hundred guns, and a vast crowd of citizens huzzaed; “ Welcome, welcome to the Father of Internal Inprovements!"
i . . The grave and the gay, the man of grey hairs and the ruddy-faced youth; matrons and maidens, and even lisping infants, joined to tell his worth, and on his virtues dwell; to hail his approach and welcome his arrival. Every street, where he passed, was thronged with multitudes, and the windows were filled with the beautiful ladies of Ohio waving their snowy white handkerchiefs, and casting flowers on the pavement where he was to pass on it. Every town where he went, gave him a public dinner. ;
He, on his part, visited all the public institutions, wherever he went. He visited also every family with which he was personally acquainted, and these were many. To all who approached him, he was kind and conciliating. Even the children went, in crowds to see him, with whom he shook hands, and not unfrequently addressed them. They all knew his history; that he had always been Ohio's friend, and had now come on'a visit to see us and our country, from motives of kindness towards us. . The moral effect, of this visit, on the citizens of this statė, was great, and that effect and its consequences, on the pros.
perity of our people, have induced us to detail circumstances, otherwise not worthy of a place in our work. Our citizens were apprehensive, that is many of them, that the state was not able to make our canals, without involving us in a debt, which would forever oppress us. To all such persons, Mr. Clinton, stated, that the money could be borrowed for six per cent interest, or even less, on a credit, until the canals would pay for themselves.
He farther stated it as his opinion,“that when our canals were made, even if they had cost five millions of dollars, they would be worth three times that sum; that the increased price of our productions, in twenty years would be worth five millions of dollars; that the money saved on the transportation of goods, to our people, during the same period, would be five millions of dollars, and that the canals would finally by their tolls, refund their entire cost, principal and interest." These statements, coming from such a source, satisfied the minds of thousands, who were doubtless opposed originally, to our canals. And there were many who lived quite distant from the canal routes, and felt fearful, that they would be called on to pay heavy taxes for what would never benefit themselves. To such he said, “that the general prosperity would reach them, and that the contemplated canals would make others, in almost endless progression. That our canals would be bonds of union, binding the states together.” And he called on all our people, “to elevate their views, to that period, when Ohio, from her very position, in the nation; from her soil, more fertile than any other; from her mild and genial climate; and finally, from our very.constitution, which forever excludes slavery, and the enter prise and energy of our people, such as no other people ever possessed;" from these considerations he argued and convinced, our whole people, that our canals should then be prosecuted to completion. · DeWitt CLINTON, in his person, was large and robust, and, take him all in all, was the best looking man, that this natiop ever produced. For our people to bebold such a man, standing before them; a man, who in despite of a constant opposition to
him, from men, however contemptible in themselves, yet men who carried along with them the rabble of New York, under the name of republicanism; to see such a man standing among us, after he had triumphed over all opposition, at home, and had come here, to see the commencement of our canals, and to encourage our people in their undertaking, was exhilerating to the minds of our citizens. Its moral effect was greater, and possibly of more importance than is now generally supposed.
Had the Governor lived, until our Ohio and Erie canal had been finished, arrangements would have been made, to announce the completion in the city of New York, as soon as sound could carry the news there, from Portsmouth, on the Ohio river. This was to have been done by placing cannon so near each other, all they way from place to place that the sound of each gun, would be heard by those who were stationed at the next gun. Governor Clinton's death frustrated the design, inasmuch as the state of New York, then fell under the dominion of her own, and our worst political enemies.
Mr. Clinton's labors have been so beneficial to this state, that his history belongs to ours. No sooner was his death announced in the capitol of New York, the legislature being then in session, than one of his worst enemies, then a member of assembly, from Albany, perhaps, siezed that very moment, to introduce resolutions into the house, expressive of a sorrow for the event, which he certainly did not feel. He next introduced a bill for the relief of Mr. Clinton's family, granting, by the great and wealthy state of New York, the pitiful sum of ten thousand dollars! The bill passed into a law, the money was invested in the stock of insurance companies, in the city of New York. By the great fire in that city, the companies failed, and the family were left without a dollar in the world, '.
When the news of Mr. Clinton's death reached Washington, congress was in session, and the members from New York, had a meeting on that occasion, at which general Stephen Van Renselaer presided. The principal speaker at that meeting, had a seat in the United States senate. Among other things brought forward by this speaker, for the purpose of de
grading the GREAT MAN who was dead, was a remark, that the speaker almost envied Mr. Clinton his grave!” Had any other person accused the speaker of being actuated by such malice, the accusation would not have been generally believed to be true. But what adds to the poignancy of our feelings, is the fact that the body of Mr. Clinton lies uncovered in an old vault; his coffin is so decayed that it has fallen down, and has left the body uncovered and exposed to view! so that the envy of the speaker, is now appeased or ought to be; his wish: in that respect, having been gratified... .i i i