1844 Utica NY appointment as Toll Collector for Erie Canal

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Letter from J.C. Spafard acknowledging appointment as Erie Canal Toll Collector in Utica NY.

Sent to G.W Sewell(?) Esq. Chief Clerk. Canal Dept. Albany.

Collector’s Office Utica July 14 1844
Notice of my appointment as Collector of Canal tolls at the place was duly received yesterday, an acceptance of which as a matter of course will follow. Mr. Newhurst(?) and myself have concluded that it would be better that my term of office commence on first day of August, in order that the accounts may be brought up to the close of this month in his name.
My Bond &c will be forwarded to the Department in due time…
J.C. Spafard

Red oval ‘UTICA NY Jul 15’ postmark. Handwritten 12 ½ postal rate.

Folded to form an envelope.

Small tears on folds.


The Erie Canal in New York is part of the east–west, cross-state route of the New York State Canal System (formerly known as the New York State Barge Canal). It originally ran 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo. It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. It was completed in 1825 and was the second longest canal in the world, and it greatly enhanced the development and economy of the cities of New York, including Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and New York City, as well as the United States. This was in part due to the new ease of transport of salt and other goods, and industries that developed around those.