time, but to Sullivan's scheme the Merrimack River was expected to contribute.
It is well to remember just here, that Lowell, Lawrence, Nashua and Manchester were then places still to be, and that passage up the Merrimack was interrupted by the f 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 thaduced to buy the same and utilize the power of the Merrimack it furnished; the result was the town, and soon the city, of Lowell.
In 1831 Mr. Eddy was directed to survey a route for a branch canal from Billerica to the Hamilton Mills in Lowell, to s letter to the corporation.
November 10, 1831.
gentlemen:—I am now laying out the route of the R. R. from Boston to Lowell.
We must cross your canal once, and in some places pass so near as to take some of your land.
Will you have the goodnes