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David Hosack to MVB, 10 October 1828

Dear Sir.

In preparing my intended Discourse upon Mr Clinton I shall have occasion to speak of the Erie canal and of those who contributed to its accomplishment. I know that upon one occasion in the senate you rendered very important services by a speech which you delivered and which essentially contributed to change the current of opinion in that body at a time when great opposition existed. Can you favor me with a copy of that speech or direct me where I can obtain it? For it is my intention to refer to every important document on this subject. I will also esteem it a favor, if your leisure will [perm]it to receive from you, confidentially if [. . .] account of the agency you had [. . .] <illegible> [. . .] <illegible> to any one individual but is a child of many fathers and that I am desirous of ascertaining its parentage and the services of all who have contributed to its maturity.

As I intend to deliver my Discourse on the final sunday in novr. I will be greatly obliged if your occupations will permit you to reply before that time. In the appendix, which will be of considerable extent, I can find a place for any details that you may deem interesting and which I will with great pleasure introduce. From Mr Hawley, Foreman, Platt, Troup Watson, Tibbitts and others I have obtained highly interesting and original materials that will enable me to place that subject before the public in a new and I hope more correct point [. . .] exists at this time. [. . .] were not permitted to prevent you ^after his decease^ from offering a just tribute, to his worth and services, after his decease, I shall and notice and give a place in the appendix, to your address at Washington on this subject.

I hope this application will not be deemed intrusive at a moment when you may be engaged in other important duties.

I am Dear Sir with sentiments of esteem and great respect

your humb. servt.

David Hosack

David Hosack to MVB, 10 October 1828David Hosack to MVB, 10 October 1828David Hosack to MVB, 10 October 1828David Hosack to MVB, 10 October 1828
Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)