The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western Farmer (Palmyra, NY), Sept. 12, 1821

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In a few short weeks, this important work will be completed from Utica to Mann’s Mills. That part of the Canal which passes through the Montezuma Marshes has been the most difficult to work, owing to the quantity of water with which this low ground is almost uniformly inundated.

Consequently, it was supposed this section would be the last to be completed. But as the season has been uncommonly dry and favorable for working it, the contractors, we learn, will have it completed in a few weeks. The locks and other stone work on the Canal, are in a state of great forwardness. It is confidently expected that water will be let into it this season and that boats will be seen wafting the surplus produce on its bosom from this land of plenty to our New York, instead of a fluctuating Canada market.

This will be a proud day for our western farmers. A smile on joy already begins to light up on their countenances in anticipation of exchanging the produce of their rich and productive farms for C A S H. This truly is a thought too cheering not to beget a smile on every countenance, especially in this time of long faces and empty purses.

The inhabitants of this village have much reason to rejoice at the success and prospect of so speedy a completion of this great work. It has already produced a change in the appearance of our village which must evince to every beholder that it is destined to be a place of extensive business in consequence of the advantages which it must necessarily derive from this channel of wealth. During the past season a number of excellent and some elegant buildings have here been erected, among which are a large store-house, on the margin of the Canal along side of which is a beautiful basin sufficiently spacious to accommodate a number of boats. Near this store-house the proprietors (Messrs Jessup & Palmer) have nearly completed a very large and elegant brick building to accommodate their tanning business, which they carry on very extensively.

There are already ten Mercantile establishments and the eleventh, we learn, is soon to commence business. There are also a due proportion of mechanic establishments. But there is room and encouragement for many more. When the Canal becomes navigable for boats through this place, it must necessarily become the depot for a rich farming country around. Articles for transport and export must be stored here.

This will furnish an increase of business to our Village which will be of no trifling importance. A large and spacious boat is now on the stocks and will be ready to launch as soon as the Canal shall be filled with water, which is designed principally for the convenience of passengers. This boat is owned by S. Scovell Esq. who, of its proprietors, we understand, intends running a pleasure carriage from this to Canandaigua ss soon as the Canal is navigable, in connection with his boat for the accommodation of travelers.

And we are gratified to state that owing to the exertions of this gentleman, a large and superb Hotel has just been completed where we are warranted in saying that travelers who may pass this way, can always have the best of fare. This house is now kept by Major William Rogers and adds much to the beauty and respectability of our Village.

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Western Farmer (Palmyra, NY), Sept. 12, 1821