The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1839

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p.2 We understand that last week considerable difficulty arose at Brockville with an American schooner. She brought goods from Oswego to Brockville, and had also other goods, including a piece of cannon and some muskets, for Ogdensburgh. The goods for Brockville were entered and landed, and the cannon and muskets having been seen, a party of militia went aboard, detained the schooner, and took the arms ashore. The cannon was paraded through the streets of Brockville, and a great number of persons assembled to see and share the fun. The Officer in charge of the United States troops took the Oneida steamer with two or three companies of his men, to demand the restitution of the schooner and arms, and the militia refused to give them up. The detachment of the 73rd was called out, and a Company was sent from Kingston followed by the Traveller. On the arrival of the Traveller the Oneida weighed anchor. At length the arms were restored and the schooner liberated, but with so much resistance that, as we are informed, the troops were prepared to fire on the mob. We believe that according to our revenue laws the Captain of the Schooner ought to have reported all his cargo, but his omission of this was only a poor excuse for seizing his vessel and that part of his cargo which was intended for the States. It is said, as some palliation of the proceedings of the mob, that the cannon was directed to a man at Ogdensburgh who was known to have furnished supplies to the Prescott expedition.

A large party at Oswego wanted to detain the Hamilton there on her last trip, in retaliation for the affair at Brockville; but the opposite party prevailed after some trouble, and she was allowed to depart.

p.3 The Sale of the Schooner Tam O'Shanter which was to have taken place on Saturday last, the 18th inst., is postponed until Monday Next, the 27th inst., when she will positively be sold without reserve, at R. Scobell's wharf. Sale at 12 o'clock noon.

J. Linton, A.B. & C.M.

Kingston, 20th May, 1839.

The American steamer Oneida, with United States troops came here this morning, and departed after the officer had communicated with Col. Dundas and Capt. Sandom.

It is said the communication was to this effect - to notify the commandants that armed bands of men were formed on this side to take possession of one of the Thousand Islands, and destroy every American vessel that navigates the St. Lawrence. If this was the purpose of the notice, it was too absurd for Col. Worth's attention. Our government would soon stop such piracy.

Schedule of Titles of Bills - passed during the 4th session 13th Provincial Parliament, 2nd Victoria, 1839

- An Act to continue and make perpetual an act entitled "An Act to increase the salary of the Keeper of the False Ducks Light House."

- An Act to incorporate certain persons, under the style and title of the President, Directors & Company of the Bayfield Harbour.

- An Act to amend an act passed in the seventh year of the reign of His late Majesty King William the fourth, entitled "An Act granting to His Majesty a sum of money, for the erection of certain Light Houses within this province, and for other purposes therein mentioned."

- An Act to make further provision for the completion of the improvement of the navigation of the inland waters of the District of Newcastle.

- An Act granting a sum of money to improve and keep in repair the Kettle Creek Harbour at Port Stanley.

- An Act to provide for the completion of the Gull Island Light House.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1839