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From George Washington to Robert Fulton, 14 December 1796

Sir, Philadelphia 14th Decr 1796

By the hands of Doctr Edwards, I was favoured with your Treatise on the improvement of Canal Navigation. For your goodness in sending it to me, I pray you to accept my best thanks.

The subject is interesting, and I dare presume is well treated; but as the Book came to me in the midst of busy preparatory scenes for Congress, I have not had leisure yet to give it the perusal which the importance of such a work would merit. I shall do it, with pleasure I am persuaded, when I have. With esteem I am Sir Your Obedient and Obliged Servant

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