|Fulton -- Whose anniversary we are met to
celebrate. He was stone deaf, but in other respects a perfect gentleman.
- undated manuscript page auctioned on ebay in March 2008
Manuscript page with quote on Robert Fulton that appeared on an ebay auction in March 2008
I am sure that but for his genious and energy steam navigation would have remained in the egg centuries longer than it did. He made the vacant oceans and the idle rivers useful after the unprejudiced had been wondering for a hundred million years what they were for. He found these properties a liability; he left them an asset. It is the peculiar honor and privilege of our commercializing age to estimate this majestic service at its splendid and rightful value. The monument is deserved, and it will be built.
- letter written to membership committee of the Robert Fulton Memorial Association, quoted in The New York Times, Feb. 18, 1906
Still movie photo from Little Old New York (1940)
featuring the 1807 maiden voyage of Fulton's first steamboat known as Clermont.
From the Dave Thomson collection.
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