The Buffalo - Erie Canal Foundation

           Excerpted from the Appendix to Cadwallader D. Colden's 1825 Memoir on New York State's Canals.


         APPENDIX.                                                                295

and wealth to our Republic--a pattern for our Sister States to imitate--an exhibition of the moral force of a free and enlightened people to the world." Mr. H., at the conclusion of his Address, paid a tribute to "the projectors who devised, the statesmen who assumed the responsibility of the undertaking, at the hazard of their reputation, the legislators who granted the supplies, the commissioners who planned, the engineers who laid out, and the men who have executed this magnificent  work;"--their memories are commended to posterity. To this Address a suitable reply was made by Oliver Forward, Esq. in behalf of the citizens of Buffalo.

  Every thing being prepared. the signal was given, and the discharge of a thirty-two pounder from the brow of the terrace announced that all was in readiness, and the boats under way!  The Seneca Chief, of Buffalo, led off in fine style, drawn by four grey horses, fancifully capa­risoned, and was followed by the Superior, next to which came the Commodore Perry, a freight boat; and the rear was brought up by the Buffalo, of Erie. The whole moved from the dock under a discharge of small arms from the Rifle Company, with music from the band, and the loud and reiterated cheers from the throng on the shore, which were returned by the companies on board the various boats. The salute of artillery was continued along from gun to gun, in rapid succession, agreeably to previous arrangements; and, in the short space of one hour and twenty minutes, the joyful intelligence was proclaimed to our citizens.

      The news having been communicated in the same manner to Sandy Hook, and notice of its reception returned to the City, the return salute was commenced at Fort La Fayette, by a national salute, at twenty-two minutes past eleven o'clock. After the national salute from that fortress, at thirty minutes past eleven o'clock, a repeating gun was fired from Fort Richmond, and followed at Governor's Island and the Battery, at thirty-one minutes past eleven o'clock, A. M; and the sounds of our rejoicing were then sent roaring and echoing along the mountains and among the Highlands, back to Buffalo, where the answer was received in about the same time occupied by the sound in travelling to the Ocean. Meantime, at Buffalo, the festivities proceeded. The boats having departed, the procession returned to the Court House, where a finished Address was delivered by Sheldon Smith, Esq., after which an original Ode, written for the occasion, was sung to the time of “Hail Columbia." A public dinner succeeded; and the festivities of the day were closed by a splendid Ball, at the Eagle Tavern, where beauty, vieing conspicuously with elegance and wit, contributed to the enlivening enjoyment of the scene.



Drawn from nature and lithographed by George Catlin, Esq.































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