"Upon the whole, sir

…it is a pestilential, topsy-turvy, harum-scarum whirligig. Give me the old, solemn, staightforward, regular Dutch canal—three miles an hour for expresses, and two-rod jogtrot journeys—with a yoke of oxen for heavy loads! I go for beasts of burden, it is more firmative and scriptural, and suits a moral and religious people better. None of your hop-skip-and-jump whimsies for me.”

—a canal stockholder for the purpose of putting down the railroads

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