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ojected canals between the Hudson River and lakes Champlain and Ontario, and in 1792 the legislature of New York chartered two companies, known, respectively, as the Western inland lock navigation Company and Northern inland lock navigation Company, of both of which Schuyler was made president, and, at his death, in 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 Po