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LIFE

OF

ROBERT FULTON,

BY HIS FRIEND

CADWALLADER D, COLDEN ;

Read before the Literary and Philosophical Society of New-York :

COMPRISING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE INVENTION, PROGRESS, AND
ESTABLISHMENT OF STEAM-BOATS; OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE
CONSTRUCTION AND NAVIGATION OF CANALS, AND

OTHER OBJECTS OF PUBLIC UTILITY.

WITH AN APPENDIX.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY KIRK & MERCEIN,

No. 22 WALL-STREET,

1817.

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Southern District of New York, 58.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-fourth day of June, in the forty-first year of the Independence of the United States of America, Kirk & Mercein, of the said District, have deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

“ The Life of Robert Fulton, by his friend Cadwallader D. Colden; read before the Literary and Philosophical Society of New York: comprising some Account of the Invention, Progress, and Establishment of Steam-Boats; of Improvements in the Construction and Navigation of Canals, and other objects of public utility : with an Appendix.”

In conformity to the Act of the 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 time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled “ an Act, supplementary to 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, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

THERON RUDD, Clerk of the

Southern District of New York.

T. & W. Mercein, Printers,

No. 93 Gold-street.

Extract from the Minutes of the Literary and

Philosophical Society of New-York.

LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

OF NEW-YORK:

March 12th, 1817.

At a Meeting of the Literary and Philosophical Society of New-York, held at their Hall, in the New-York Institution, on Thursday Evening, the 12th of March, 1817:

Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be presented to Cadwallader D. Colden, Esq. for the Biographical Memoir of Robert Fulton, Esq. deceased, delivered by him before this Society; and that Dr. Samuel L. Mitchill, the Rev. Dr. Alexander M‘Leod, and Mr. John Pintard, be a Committee to present this Resolution, and to request the favour of a copy of the Memoir for publication.

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New-York, March 13, 1817.

SIR,

I herewith transmit

you the

copy of a

Resolve, passed by the Literary and Philosophical Society, at their last Meeting; and add to the request therein contained, the wish of the Committee, that the favour may be granted.

I beg you to accept the assurance

of my high esteem and regard,

SAMUEL L. MITCHILL, Chairman. To C. D. Colden, Esq.

New-York, 17th March, 1817. SIR,

I comply with great pleasure with the request of the Literary and Philosophical Society, which you have done me the honour to communicate to me, and I now present you with a copy of the Biography of Mr. Fulton, as I wrote it.

The materials for this Work, of which I possessed myself, afforded information which, though it would be interesting in a life of Mr. Fulton, and could not be omitted with justice to his memory, added to the Memoir much that was not calculated for an Address to be read to the Society. I therefore passed over in the reading many parts of the copy which you will now receive. I hope the performance in this shape will be acceptable to the Society. I wish it was more deserving the notice with which it is honoured.

I am, Sir, with very great
esteem and respect,
Your obedient, humble Servant,

CADWALLADER D. COLDEN.

Doctor Samuel Latham Mitchill.

Mr. Colden, on being informed of the de. sire of the Society to procure for publication the copy of the Biographical Memoir of our

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