From the Harper’s Ferry Free Press.
CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL.
Mr. Gallaher:– From present appearances, I am led to fear for the reputation of this great work Its enemies are busily engaged in circulating reports derogatory to its character and the interest of those concerned. Feeling well assured of the immense benefit of a water communication from the interior to the waters of the Atlantic, I would suggest, for the consideration of the community, the propriety of constructing a slackwater navigation from the Point of Rocks until the Canal passes the parts contested for by the Rail Road Company. Indeed, I am led to hhe believe that a slack-water navigation would be the most beneficial to the public, and much less expensive to the Canal Company, than any other mode of improvement. The fall from Harpers Ferry to the Point of Rocks, is, (agreeable to the best of my recollection,) about 30 ft. and by dams, locks, &c. can be made perfectly safe for the passage of boats either ascending or descending at any stage of the river; and there-by evade the immense expense of excavation of rock and the formation of embankments, which must occur if a Canal is built independently of the river. It would also do away the danger and delay subject to an independent Canal, from breaks, &c. &c.
If you think the foregoing remarks worthy of the attention to the public, you are at liberty to publish them. Yours, CLINTON, Jr.
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