Annual Report of the Canal Commissioners of the State of New York 1861
Various authors. Annual Report of the Canal Commissioners of the State of New York 1861. New York: No publisher listed, 1861. First Edition thus. Hardcover. Condition (Book/DJ): Very good / No jacket.
A rare, and relatively obscure mid-19th-century American engineering report from New York. This report, which was published annually, covers the important aspects of engineering and personnel of the Erie Canal and other canals of New York. These letters, articles, reports, and charts give details into the structures and building processes, costs, and names of important workers, engineers, and surveyors. Laws were also established for building canals in years prior to this report. This 1861 edition covers the laws that were established in 1860 to ensure safety and regular development. According to the stamped provenance this copy most likely belonged to William Skinner himself, who was the Canal Commissioner (author) and is noted on the title page. Collation complete with all pages: 160p. Enormous color folding map of the Erie Basin & Slips in the City of Buffalo with slight tears at edges. Provenance Wm. I. Skinner, Canal Commissioner. William I. Skinner (October 24, 1812 - February 13, 1891) was an American politician from New York. He was the son of Josiah Skinner. He lived at Little Falls. He was Sheriff of Herkimer County, New York from 1847 to 1849. In 1853, he was appointed Superintendent of Canal Repairs for Section 4 of the Erie Canal. He was a Canal Commissioner from 1860 to 1865, elected in 1859 on the Democratic and American tickets, and re-elected in 1862 on the Democratic ticket. He was a delegate to the 1864 Democratic National Convention. Binding is tight & secure. Size (9.25in X 6in).