Nor was the river more favorable, as sunken logs proved a continual menace, sometimes impaling boats and causing wrecks.
Mr. Sullivan believed in the use of printers' ink; for having made the successful passage to Concord and returned to Chelmsford, he immediately wrote an account of his doings to the Boston Advertiser, which published the same, and in whose editorial notice may be found a brief description of the boat and engine, which worked under all the disadvantages of novelty.
In 1824 Mr. Sullivan received an appointment from President Monroe on the Board of Internal Improvement, and went south to examine a route for a canal across the Alleghanies.
With his departure, no further effort seems to have been made to utilize the power of steam; but the new manager, Caleb Eddy, seems to have made the most of existing conditions.
He added to the Rules and Regulations a prohibition of the use of the Signal-horn upon the Sabbath while near any house of worship, and his administ