On the ‘Union of the Mississippi
and the Lakes
by canal’—May 27, 1863—‘The proposition to unite the greatest navigable river in the world with the greatest inland sea, is characteristic of the West
Each is worthy of the other.
With this union, the Gulf of Mexico
will be joined to the Gulf of St. Lawrence
, and the whole continent, from Northern cold to Southern heat, traversed by one generous flood, bearing upon its bosom untold commerce.
Let its practicability be demonstrated and the country will command it to be done, as it has already commanded the opening of the Mississippi
Triumphant over the wickedness of an accursed Rebellion, we shall achieve another triumph, to take its place among the victories of Peace.
Mirabeau was right when he protested against the use of the word impossible
, as simple stupidity.
But I doubt if the word will be found in any Western dictionary.’