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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
pensive repairs, and such repairs delayed the payment of dividends. In the year 1808, both the president, who was then the governor of Massachusetts, and the agent, Col. Baldwin, died, and the outlook for the future of the canal was dark indeed. John Langdon Sullivan, the son of the governor, was appointed agent, and brought to its service the executive abilities and talents he possessed. Under his management the business and income of the canal increased, as the years passed on. On April 4, 1808, he issued a rigid code of Rules and regulations. But two copies of these are now known to be in existence, one of which is in possession of the writer, kindly presented by Judge S. P. Hadley of Lowell (whose father was for years the agent at Chelmsford), and who was himself an employee of the canal. It has been said that the genius of James Sullivan did not foresee the railway locomotive. Probably the idea of a railway was as foreign to the thought of John Sullivan as it was to that