James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Bullus, 4 May 1811

From John Bullus

New York 4th. May 1811.


I have the honour of forwarding to you a Map of the western part of the State of New York, shewing the route of a proposed Canal from Lake Erie to Hudson’s River—together, with the report of the Commissioners appointed to explore the route of an inland navigation from Hudson’s River to Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie—which may not be altogether uninteresting.1 With great consideration Your Most Ob: Serv:

John Bullus.2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosures not found, but see n. 1.

1Report of the Commissioners Appointed by Joint Resolutions of the Honorable Senate and Assembly of the State of New-York, the 13th & 15th March 1810, to Explore the Route of an Inland Navigation from Hudson’s River to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie (Albany, 1811; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols. to date; New York, 1958—). description ends 23551).

2John Bullus, a partner in the New York firm of Bullus, Decatur, and Rucker, had been a naval surgeon during the Quasi-War and since 1807 had served as naval agent in the port of New York (William S. Dudley, ed., The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History [2 vols. to date; Washington, 1985—], 1:547).

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