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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Jan. 12, 1841

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p.2 The Caroline Affair - American correspondence in House of Representatives.

Ball and Supper - On Friday evening last, Capt. Sandom and the Officers of H.M. "Ship Niagara," which, by the bye, is the stone store-house in the Dock-Yard, gave a Ball and Supper to a numerous assemblage of guests: some say between 2 and 300 were delighted with the "choice viands", the "sweet music", etc. and above all, the courtesy and urbanity of H.M. Officers. The decorations too, are said to have been hitherto unsurpassed in this wooden country. With reference, however, to this splendid affair, we hope it will not be considered invidious in us to ask how the Officers of that distinguished branch of the British Service, who are employed for the defence of British Commerce should so unnecessarily and glaringly slight the merchants of Kingston, which we understand they did on that occasion, by excluding them from their entertainment? It may be said that the fete was intended only for the Officers of the Regular and Militia Service; - if so, how, we take the liberty to ask, came the Officers of the only Militia Corps in this garrison to be excluded? Simply, we suppose, because the Commanding Officer of that corps had been a Merchant; - then indeed, has a sacrifice been made in order to pass by the Merchants of Kingston; for who, we ask, (and we hope Mr. Jackson will bear with us) was it that in 1837 hastily collected a few militiamen, marched them to Fort Henry, drilled them in its ditches, mounted the guard and posted the sentries at the Tete de pont Barracks at Kingston? Who marched at midnight with a few Indians and Militia to repel the Brigands at Gananoque, and that too without pay or allowances, (subsequently however, raised to the command of an Artillery Company)? In 1838, when the garrison was nearly vacant by the removal of the 83d Regiment ordered to Prescott, who was it that marched the first corps into the Artillery Barracks here, and then and since, has kept them in such a state of efficiency and discipline as has gained for them the approval of every officer who has inspected them? We would merely add, that Mr. Jackson, as a Merchant, would not suffer by a comparison with any in business, either as regards birth, education or circumstances; and as a Captain of Militia he is second to none; so that we cannot conceive a reason for this treatment of Capt. Jackson and our Merchants generally, unless it is that the hosts had been infected by the use of "green eyes" at this snowy season of the year.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Jan. 12, 1841