Proceedings of the stated meeting, Wednesday, December 16, 1885
Journal of the Franklin Institute
Mr. WM. SELLERS made some appropriate remarks touching the many and valuable services rendered by the retiring President, and, in conclusion, offered a motion tendering him the thanks of the INSTITUTE. The motion was numerously seconded, and, being put to the meeting by the Secretary, was carried unanimously. Prof. EDWARD F. MOODY then read the paper of the evening, on " The Channel of the Delaware River at Philadelphia." The paper gave an account of the past condition of the river channel, as
... river channel, as shown from fragments of history, old surveys, etc. ; dwelt upon the gradual filling up of the Philadelphia side of the channel, the causes and possible consequences thereof; and described the dyke now in course of construction at Fisher's Point above Petty's Island, under the direction of the Government engineers, as the most effectual means of checking the silting up of the Philadelphia channel, and of securing and maintaining a depth of channel required for the present and future commercial needs of the city. The paper was discussed by Messrs. Tatham, Sellers, Orr, Houston, and others, and has been referred for publication in the JOURNAL.