A Discourse on the Character and Public Services of Dewitt Clinton: Delivered Before the Association of the Alumni of Columbia College, at Their Anniversary, 6th May, 1829

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G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1829 - 44 pages
 

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Page 33 - ... to animate all the springs of industry and exertion, and to bring to every man's door an easy and economical means of access to the most advantageous places of sale and purchase. To narrow down this momentous and comprehensive subject to a mere question of dollars and cents, is to lose sight of the great elements of individual opulence, of public wealth and national prosperity. It excludes from consideration the one hundred millions of dollars, which have, in all probability, been added to the...
Page 4 - In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled, " An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." — And also to the Act, entitled, " An Act supplementary lo an Act, entitled ' An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,'...
Page 17 - ... obligations to those useful and learned instructers.' He believes that Clinton's future character and career of public services were essentially influenced by the instructions of Dr Kemp, under whose tuition he laid the foundation of that acquaintance with the principles of internal improvement, and of those clear views of national policy which he afterwards so fully developed, and applied with such advantage to his native state and the union at large. The capabilities for internal improvement...
Page 33 - ... access to the most advantageous places of sale and purchase. To narrow down this momentous and comprehensive subject to a mere question of dollars and cents, is to lose sight of the great elements of individual opulence, of public wealth and national prosperity. It excludes from consideration the one hundred millions of dollars, which have, in all probability, been added to the value of real estate — the immense appreciation of all the products of agriculture which were formerly shut out in...
Page 33 - ... which this state has derived from her internal improvements, it is equally astonishing and mortifying to observe elaborate and systematic attempts to depreciate their utility and arrest their progress. It is manifestly an uncandid and superficial view of the subject, to confine an estimate of its benefits to an excess of income above the interest of expenditure ; and yet this standard of appreciation has been adopted. Artificial navigation was established for public accommodation, for the conveyance...
Page 34 - ... been added to the value of real estate, the immense appreciation of all the products of agriculture, which were formerly shut out in a great degree from market, the solid and extensive establishment of inland trade ; the vast accessions to our marketable productions ; the unbounded augmentation of our marine navigation, and external commerce ; the facility, rapidity, and economy of communication ; the creation of a dense population, and the erection and increase of villages, towns, and cities...
Page 33 - ... the interest of expenditure ; and yet this standard of appreciation has been adopted. Artificial navigation was established for public accommodation, for the conveyance of articles to and from markets, and revenue is a subordinate object. It was never intended as a primary...
Page 28 - I should not have ventured to mention it here, even to enhance the character of the subject of my discourse. It fell to the lot of Clinton to investigate this matter as judge, and to take cognizance of it in his official capacity. His sound reason stripped it of the character of manly resistance to oppression, and left it naked to view, a criminal and illegal attempt to interrupt a necessary although painful act of discipline ; the tide of public sentiment was turned, and our discipline restored...
Page 10 - No alumnus of this institution has ever filled a greater space in the eye of the public than the late Dewitt Clinton ; none has contributed more to the honour of his country, none so much to the prosperity of his native state ; while we of the younger order of graduates, whose acquaintance with our alma mater, even by tradition, hardly extends beyond the time of her change of name, look up to him as the first matriculated student of Columbia College.
Page 42 - Albany, extending in a succession of lofty peaks as far as the eye can reach. But one important spur is set ofl' by them to the north, which is pierced by the Mohawk at the Little Falls of that river.

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