Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Hon. F. Whittlesey of Rochester

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.68 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 1 February 1845 Pagination: 3 p. ; 32 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Criticizes Whittlesey for advocating a plan for higher rates of toll on the Oswego River than on the western part of the Erie Canal. Smith calls it "discrimination in tolls." Whittlesey served as a United States Representative from New York 1831-1834, and as a justice of the State supreme court in 1847 and 1848.

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights. Whittlesey ...served as a United States Representative from New York 1831-1834, and as a justice of the State supreme court in 1847 and 1848.See More

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
Whittlesey, Frederick, 1799-1851

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Reform MovementGovernment and CivicsTaxes or TaxationCanalsInfrastructureTravelCongressFinance

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources