Overall: 1 x 8 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 21.6 cm )
Molded pearlware plate with dark blue transfer print of eulogy of De Witt Clinton; four reserves printed around rim with Erie Canal boats and images of the Canal; central well printed with text: "THE GRAND ERIE CANAL. A SPLENDID MONUMEMT OF THE ENTERPRISE & RESOURCE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. INDEBTED FOR ITS EARLY COMMENCEMENT & RAPID COMPLETION TO THE ACTIVE ENERGIES, PREEMINENT TALENS, & ENLIGHTENED POLICY OF DE WITT CLINTON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE."
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
printed: on adhesive label on underside of plate: "83" [collector's label] typed: on jelly label on underside of plate: "DE WITT CLINTON EULOGY PLATE. Erie Canal begun in 1817 and finished in 1825. Length, 363 miles. Cost, $7,602.000. 70 feet wide and has 72 locks. Trip from Buffalo to Albany took 3 1/2 days. First recommended by Washington. Put into effect by Clinton. Unknown maker." printed: on label, top part obscured by jelly label: "...J. G. Henry, M. D.,/Winchendon, Mass."
This plate honors Governor De Witt Clinton for his invaluable assistance in the building of the Erie Canal.
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
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