n 1804, he was actively engaged in the promotion of both projects.
The Western canal was never completed, according to its original conception, but was supplemented by the great Erie Canal, suggested by Gouverneur Morris about 1801.
In a letter to David Parish, of Philadelphia, that year.
he distinctly foreshadowed that great work.
As early as 1774 Washington favored the passage of a law by the legislature of Virginia for the construction of works—canals and good wagonroads—by which the Potomac and Ohio rivers might be connected by a chain of commerce.
After the Revolution, the States of Virginia and Maryland took measures which resulted in the formation of the famous Potomac Company, to carry out Washington's project.
In 1784 Washington revived a project for making a canal through the Dismal Swamp, not only for drainage, but for navigation between the Elizabeth River and Albemarle Sound.
The oldest work of the kind in the United States is a canal, begun in 1792, 5 miles in e