One of the earliest of these, conceded to have originated with James Sullivan, afterward governor of Massachusetts, was the great enterprise of its time, the Middlesex Canal.
So comprehensive was the idea of Judge Sullivan, that fully completed, it would have resulted in an inland waterway from Boston to Canada.
Itsf the governor, John Hancock and the corporators organized by the choice of James Sullivan for President, and Col. Loammi Baldwin of Woburn and Gen. John Brooks of Memely 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 tss, 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 reme was himself an employee of the canal.
It has been said that the genius of James Sullivan did not foresee the railway locomotive.
Probably the idea of a railway was