The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 9, 1834

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p.3 On Monday night the William IV arrived here, and proceeded up the Lake. And on Tuesday morning the Queenston followed on the same route.

To the Proprietors and Managing Committees of the various Steam Boats touching at Kingston:

Gentlemen - The Boats under your respective management are about to resume in a few weeks their regular trips for the season. Permit me, before you have made your final arrangements, my fellow christians, to draw your serious attention to the propriety of so ordering the several appointments as not to violate the sanctity of the Sabbath day. Without entering into controversy, I must assume it to be the undeniable duty of all to hallow that merciful institution, to reverence as a divine ordinance what has been so solemnly recognized and confirmed by Him whose name we bear. Nor can I consider the disregard of it in any other light than a flagrant sin, however much the claim of public convenience may be pleaded. The Boats usually lay by one day in seven; why then should not the Sunday be preferred instead of being chosen as the day for coming in or going out, as was the case all last summer? -Almost every Sunday four Steam Boats came into this harbour and sometimes more -frequently to the very serious annoyance of Public Worship - to say nothing of the crowd of idlers attracted to the wharves, many of whom, let us hope, would perhaps but for this diversion have been found in the House of God. I can safely say that the noise caused by letting of the steam has several times disturbed the congregation of St. George's Church and interfered with the efficient and solemn performance of the service.

I feel confident that you will receive this letter, my christian friends, without thinking that it is an attempt to dictate to you on the part of the writer; and I would fain believe that it may have the effect of inducing you so to conduct the arrangements of the several Boats under your control, as to prevent that continual violation of the Sabbath which was witnessed during the whole of last summer, certainly not to the praise of those who could have prevented it by making a different arrangement.

I remain your faithful servant,

Robt. D. Cartwright,

Ass't Minister St. George's Church

Notice - creditors will be paid 3s. in the pound on trust estate of Arch'd McDonell, Forwarding Merchant of Kingston (bankrupt) Mar. 28th, 1834.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 9, 1834