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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 6, 1839

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I left Toronto for Cobourg in the steamer Great Britain, last week. It was a pleasant day, and a pleasant sail. This is a good Boat, with kind managers, pleasant Captain, and on the whole good accommodations. Great attention is paid to their passengers, and every desire evinced to make them comfortable. On one of the Lake Boats, not long since, I saw a whole Cabin of passengers insulted by the Captain, who provided his dessert for a few militia officers only, while all the others were neglected! I could mention the boat, but I will spare it this time. Yet I excused the Captain on this ground, that he might not have done it with the intention of insulting his passengers; but then I supposed him destitute of due sensibility, though perhaps acting the best he could under pressing circumstances & limited means, and thus treating a few with respect, while the greater number were insulted! On the Great Britain, however, we were free from such a neglect of all civility. We had a fine view of the Townships of Whitby, Darlington, Clarke, Hope, and a part of Hamilton, and arrived at Cobourg at 4 P.M....

(long description of Upper Canada Academy)

(long description of trip to Belleville, first on Stage to Trent, then in canoe to Belleville )

...We left Belleville on Friday.... We were on board of the Sir James Kempt. The Captain is a pleasant man, and rather of a religious temperament. I saw him ask a clergyman to say grace at every meal at which he was present; something which is not customary among the Boats, I think, as I never saw it done so orderly before on any of them. I was glad to see him pay so much regard to religion and our Bountiful and Providential Provider as was expressed in this act of blessing and gratulation.

There is one thing I have remarked on most of the Boats, and that is the little use made of ardent spirits. None is furnished at dinner unless it is called for, and I know not a single instance in which of late any other kind is sought besides wine. So that distilled spirits are nearly laid aside. No gentleman will venture to ask for anything but wine. The lovers of liquor are driven at last by sheer shame to abandon ardent spirits in any company of genteel persons. It was a general remark on board the Sir James Kempt that spirits were no longer used, at least by Cabin Passengers, on the Boats in general. This is one result of the Temperance Reformation. Let the friends of this cause be active and success will be certain....


p.3 The new American steamer St. Lawrence came into our port yesterday...


Steam Boat Transport on Lake Ontario, Bay Quinte, and River St. Lawrence,

to Dickinson's Landing, for the Year 1840.

Notice is hereby given, that Sealed Tenders will be received at this Office until noon on Tuesday the 1st day of October next,

For the following Contracts, namely,

1st - For the Transport of Troops, Baggage and Government Stores, from and to various Stations on Lake Ontario and River St. Lawrence during the season of navigation of 1840.

2nd - For the transport of ditto ditto from and to various Stations in the Bay of Quinte, during ditto.

3rd - Also, for the hire of Steam Vessels when exclusively required for the service of the Government during ditto.

Forms of Tenders may be obtained, and the conditions of the Contracts made known, on application at the Commissariat Office, Kingston.

The names of two persons to be given in the Tender, who may be willing to enter into Bonds with the Contractor for the due performance of the agreement.


Kingston, 3rd August, 1839.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 6, 1839