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ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES


The Illinois and Michigan Canal, 1827–1911

A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives

Documents 1-50

The Illinois and Michigan Canal, 1827–1911

  1. An Act Granting Federal Land for Canal Purposes
    March 2, 1827
  2. Letter from the President of the Canal Commissioners to the Commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office Concerning Land Patents
    March 28, 1830
  3. Canal Land Sale Certificates, Springfield
    April 20, 1830
  4. Commissioner Gershom Jayne's Accounts
    April 22, 1830
  5. Canal Land Sale Certificates, Chicago
    September 27, 1830
  6. An Abstract of Title, Lot 2, Block 44, Original Town of Chicago
    September 27, 1830-January 2, 1839
  7. Report on Canal Lands Sold
    January 29, 1833
  8. Donation of Land to Rachel Munson, A Former Indian Captive
    May 11, 1834
  9. Letter to Governor Joseph Duncan Accompanying a Memorial from Citizens of Cook County
    November 29, 1834
  10. Letter from Governor Joseph Duncan to Commissioner William Archer Concerning Canal Lands
    August 15, 1836
  11. Letter from James Brooks to the Canal Commissioners Concerning Irish Rioters
    February 22, 1838
  12. List of Appointed Canal Officers and Agents
    September 3, 1838
  13. Letter from W.F. Thornton to William Gooding Concerning a Suspension of Operations
    December 20, 1839
  14. Canal Scrip
    September 10, 1840; March 1, 1841; and April 1, 1843
  15. Letter from George W. Meeker to Lyman Trumbull Concerning a Land Patent
    September 29, 1842
  16. Resolution of Canal Trustees Concerning Timber Land Agents
    July 23, 1845
  17. Letter from Jacob Fry and William Gooding to David Leavitt Concerning an Advanced Payment on a Contract
    September 15, 1845
  18. Letter from D.S. Hough to David Leavitt Concerning His Duties as Timber Land Agent
    September 16, 1845
  19. Letter from Jeremiah Crotty to David Leavitt Concerning Pending Loan Subscription Payments
    October 16, 1845
  20. Letter from John Van Arnam to William Gooding Concerning a Towpath Contract
    July 11, 1846
  21. Letter from C.L. Denman Of Newark, New Jersey to William Gooding Concerning Contract Work
    July 29, 1846
  22. Letter from Jeremiah Crotty to William Gooding Concerning Contract Work on Section 139
    August 9, 1846
  23. Petition for Additional Compensation for a Preemption Claim to Benefit an Orphan
    September 25, 1847
  24. Letter from William Gooding to G.W. Green Concerning the Canal's Completion
    February 9, 1848
  25. Letter from Robert Stuart to David Leavitt Concerning Accounts and the Canal's Opening
    April 10, 1848
  26. Hiram Norton's Damage Claim Arising from a Loss of Water Power
    May 5, 1848
  27. Preemption Claim of Alphonso Montuory for the Catholic Congregation at La Salle
    May 25, 1848
  28. Preemption Claim of Bernard Bird to a Lot in La Salle
    May 26, 1848
  29. Letter from Sydney S. Durfee to Edward B. Talcott Concerning a Scow Scraper
    June 11, 1848
  30. Letter from George C. Darrow to Edward B. Talcott Concerning the Towing Concession Between Bridgeport and Chicago
    July 22, 1848
  31. Letter from Robert Stuart to David Leavitt Concerning an Upcoming Land Sale
    August 5, 1848
  32. Letter from S.I. McCrady to J.C. Clark Concerning an Upcoming Land Sale
    August 19, 1848
  33. Donation of Canal Lots to the City of Chicago for School Purposes
    February 20, 1849
  34. Resolution to Loan a Sum of Money to Finance the Construction of a Hotel at La Salle
    March 5, 1849
  35. Letter from Edward B. Talcott to William H. Swift Concerning Rafting Timber on the Canal
    May 11, 1849
  36. Abstract of Canal Boats Registered at Chicago
    December 8, 1849
  37. Letter from Star Foot to William Gooding Concerning His Resignation as Canal Inspector
    April 8, 1850
  38. Letter from Ira Hartson to the Canal Trustees Concerning Past Due Land Payments
    May 16, 1851
  39. Letter from John H. Kinzie to the Canal Trustees Concerning Additional Office Help
    May 19, 1852
  40. Petition of Chicago Wholesale Grocers to Reduce Tolls on Sugar and Molasses
    May 1852
  41. Letter from William Gooding to David Leavitt Concerning Various Items of Canal Business
    October 12, 1854
  42. Partial Statement of Goods Cleared Along the Canal
    1854
  43. Letter from William Gooding to David Leavitt Concerning Canal Expenditures and the Severe Winter
    February 5, 1856
  44. Letter from Norton & Co. to William Gooding Concerning U.S. Government Goods
    February 16, 1864
  45. Letter from L.W. Claypool to William Gooding Concerning a Late Canal Land Payment
    June 8, 1864
  46. Letter from Norton & Co. to the Canal Trustees Concerning Deepening the Canal
    May 7, 1866
  47. M.J. Hogan's Damage Claim Arising from Low Water
    August 24, 1900
  48. Letter from R.E. Orr to the Canal Commissioners Concerning Leasing Land for Railroad Purposes
    March 7, 1901
  49. Letter of Complaint from R. Oliver of the Great Western Cereal Company to Canal Officers
    September 3, 1904
  50. Letter from R.M. Cochrane to Leon McDonald Concerning Dumping Refuse on the Canal
    February 20, 1911