The Inland Lock Navigation Company; First Report of the Directors and Engineer

The Inland Lock Navigation Company; First Report of the Directors and Engineer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...the man. But one marked feature, closely associated with greatness of character, he evidently possessed. He was a just man. Possessed of a strong will--impatient of opposition--of a quick temper, and wielding great power as he did, it is remarkable that so few had occasion to complain of him. He was often hasty, and sometimes unnecessarily severe for a time, but he rarely, if ever, failed to make reparation in the end. In politics he belonged to the Republican or Anti-Federal ist party; and, although an ardent partisan at times, he never, as I have stated, sought office for himself, nor have I ever heard of his using his vast influence, politically, in a coercive manner. Until near the close of his life he was extremely genial and fond of society. But his malady in his latter years hung about him like a cloud; and rarely has a man been seen with such 'concentrated gloom as marked his diseased mind for a year or two before his death. He was fond of the society of the young, and one of my own earliest recollections was hearing him, in his own house, relate an anecdote to a visitor. It was an account of one of his meetings with Red Jacket, and, as it was so characteristic of that 'chief, I shall make no apology for relating it. Red Jacket, it is well known, was extremely jealous of the progressing settlement of the country by the white man, feeling that it was the precursor to the extinction of his nation. This feeling made him very unfriendly to Mr. Ellicott, whom he naturally regarded, in this respect, as the chief enemy of his race. Still he was always courteous. On one occasion Mr. Ellicott met him in the Tonawanda swamp, and they sat down together on a log. After a few moments of silence, which Mr. Ellicott knew too much of...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859316
  • 9781236859310