prove to be hydraulic. I make out six beds of coal, the fourth and sixth have limestone above them, as you will see by the drawing. I feel confident that some of the sandstones below the coals would produce a plentiful supply of brine for the manufacture of salt, and probably no place on the river, affords greater facilities for that business than Bon Harbor.
extract from the western journal of agriculture, commerce, manufactures, &c. printed at st. louis, united states.
Article IL Bon Harbor: Its Advantages for Manufacturing.
Having seen but a very imperfect account of the extensive manufacturing establishments that have for some time been in progress of erection at Bon Harbor, on the Ohio river, and desiring to collect information respecting the improvements that are being made in every part of the country, we addressed a letter to Messrs Triplett and Barrett, requesting them, if consistent with their views of propriety, to furnish us with an account of their establishment, including the nature and extent of their operations at that place. We also desired information respecting the natural resources and trade of the region in which Bon Harbor is located; and the advantages of manufacturing at that point.
The following communication from Mr. Triplett, is in answer to our inquiries, and fully sustains an opinion we have long entertained that, for the manufacture of cotton, iron, &c, Bon Harbor and its neighbourhood possess greater advantages than any other point in the United States. And it seems to us that nothing but the timidity of capitalists and a prejudice in favour of locations long established, has prevented these advantages from being improved long before the present time.
The improvement of these advantages was reserved for the sagacity and enterprise of Messrs. Triplett and Barrett, who are entitled to the profound gratitude of the inhabitants of the west, for devoting their talents and energies to the developement of its resources.