Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Fulton, 9 December 1807

Belair Decmr 9th 1807


In the memoir on the importance of Canals which I have the honor to submit to your perusal, there is perhaps not one Idea new to you; my aim has not been novelty but to place the subject in that point of View that should make an impression on the people; and considering that the great mass of mankind, like children are to be instructed by a frequent Repetition of the same or similar Ideas: I have taken the opportunity of shewing the importance of directing the mind from armies and navies to useful pursuits; and in speaking of the tendancy which canals will have to cement the union; I have struck at the arguments of the Aristocrats and Federalists of our country, and those feble or wavering minds devoid of philosophic reflection and who are as yet but half taught polititions

with all possible respect your most Obedient.

Robt Fulton

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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