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Where the ‘party numerous’ embarked, or how extended a tour of inspection they made, we are not informed, but evidently there were no cases of seasickness, and the initial voyage thus mentioned was part of the patriotic observance of the day. A year later, when the canal was completed, Col. Baldwin, at his residence in North Woburn (which still remains in excellent condition), entertained handsomely at a jubilee, held in honor of the event. Ten years had elapsed since Judge Sullivan had broached the design of the canal to Col. Baldwin, then the sheriff of the county, and the Middlesex Canal was completed and ready for business, the first of its kind in America, the great enterprise of the 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 falls of Wicassee, Bow, Isle Hooksett, and Amoskeag. A company, called the ‘Merrimack Boating Co.,’ was formed, closely allied to the ‘Proprietors of Middlesex Canal,’ to work the river, while canals and locks were constructed around the various falls, notably Blodgett's Canal at Amoskeag. Allusion has been made to the ‘breaking ground with ceremony.’ In the construction of these locks and canals, a necessity if the capital of New Hampshire was to be reached, the canal stockholders realized the unceremonious breaking process also alluded to.

Over $80,000 was paid by the Middlesex to assist in their construction, while the patient stockholders awaited their dividends. Five-eighths of this went into work at Amoskeag, and made way for the city of Manchester, while $12,000 was expended at Wicassee, which work was obliterated when, some years later, the dam at Pawtucket Falls was built, and the city of Lowell sprang into being.

Col. Baldwin was the first superintendent and agent of the canal, and his duties were increased by the action

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