for the same.
During the earliest years the canal was being constructed, a canal was built around Pawtucket Falls at Chelmsford, and for twenty-five years was used for the purpose of navigation.
Then some capitalists were induced to buy the same and utilize the power of the Merrimack it furnished; the result was the town, and soon the city, of Lowell.
In 1831 Mr. Eddy was directed to survey a route for a branch canal from Billerica to the Hamilton Mills in Lowell, to save four miles and Pawtucket tolls.
He reported the project feasible, but counselled delay.
The reason is not hard to discover in the following letter to the corporation.
November 10, 1831.
gentlemen:—I am now laying out the route of the R. R. from Boston to Lowell.
We must cross your canal once, and in some places pass so near as to take some of your land.
Will you have the goodness to appoint some person or persons to make such arrangements as will be most advantageous to all parties.
I am, gentlemen, v