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VAN RENSSELAER III, Stephen (1764-1839) was a New York landowner, businessman, militia officer, and politician. Autograph Letter Signed "S Rensselaer", 1pp. quarto, April 2, 1834, Albany, addressed to Colonel Mercer, and reads in part: "...Our Board adjourned yesterday after a session of ten weeks...also send you a printed Report of the Canal Board..." Inlaid, else very good condition. The Commission to Explore a Route for a Canal to Lake Erie and Report, known as the Erie Canal Commission, was a body created by the New York State Legislature in 1810 to plan the Erie Canal. In 1817 a Canal Fund led by Commissioners of the Canal Fund was established to oversee the funding of construction of the canal. In 1826 a Canal Board, of which both the planning commissioners and the Canal Fund commissioners were members, was created to take control of the operational canal. The term "Canal Commission" was at times applied to any of these bodies. Afterwards the canal commissioners were minor state cabinet officers responsible for the maintenance and improvements of the state's canals.
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Stephen Rensselaer Writes Pertaining to the Works of the Canal Board

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