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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1847

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p.3 For the Kingston Herald.

Dear Sir, - I noticed in your paper of the 16th inst. a letter signed I. Rogers, in answer to my correspondence in your paper, dated at Picton. I had occasion some time since to go to Picton, and made preparation and proceeded to the boat about twenty minutes after five - ( ) that she did not leave until six in the evening, but, to my disappointment she left exactly at five, and I was, therefore, left behind; consequently I took the stage the same evening, (Friday) and went as far as Bath, and on Saturday expected to have been able to proceed to Picton, but I waited and waited, still no boat came up to take me on Saturday. I retired to rest about ten o'clock, and early on Sunday morning was aroused from my sleep by the boat's bell. I then arose and went to the boat about two o'clock in the morning, and arrived in Picton about 6 o'clock. Mr. I. Rogers says I should have enquired what time the boat left Kingston for the Bay, I did enquire, and was told she generally left about six o'clock in the evening, and I looked in your paper for the Prince of Wales advertisement, and into two or three other papers, but I saw nothing respecting her, this was the boat that disappointed me. About a week afterwards I again concluded on visiting Picton, and almost broke my deck in getting down to the boat by five o'clock, and instead of her going at five she didn't start until half past ( ). There should be regularity in the time of the boats leaving this port, and there should also be advertisements respecting them published in all of the newspapers in Kingston; surely the owners, or those who have chartered boats, can, if they are not too penurious, easily afford to do this.

I. Rogers says the Steamboat Queen Victoria comes in for a share of the censures of A.G. I stated that the Stewart exacted 3 shillings and nine pence from a young man on his passage from Bath to Picton, not including meals, when the actual fare is only two shillings, not including meals, from Bath to Picton. I mistake not. I. Rogers says he heard the Steward tell the Captain that the charge was false. Mr. I. Rogers believes the truth of the matter to be that the young man spoken of delayed paying his fare until he arrived at the wharf at Picton, and that he was not so much disappointed in paying too much as he was in paying any at all. As to the young man delaying to pay his passage until he arrived at Picton, I must inform Mr. I. Rogers that it was two o'clock in the morning, as I stated before, when he embarked, and he saw no Steward who, on that boat, collects the passage instead of a purser, therefore, he went down into the cabin, and threw himself on a berth, and didn't get up until just about landing. He says with regard to the Steward taking three shillings and nine pence from the young man for his passage from Bath to Picton, is false. Now I was on the boat at the time, and saw this shabby trick perpetrated on the young man, and heard him tell the Steward that three shillings and nine pence was too much for cabin passage from Bath to Picton, without meals, and that he only paid that sum from Kingston to Picton, cabin passage, on the Prince of Wales, when the Steward answered that the Prince of Wales' charges were the same as the Queen's. Let the Steward exculpate himself in whatever way he pleases before Mr. I. Rogers, or Captain Berry. I have stated nothing but what I can prove.


Kingston, June 19th, 1847.




Of the Kingston Volunteer


Under the Patronage of the

Chief Engineer

of the


On Monday, July 5th,

the steamer


Will leave Kingston for Ogdensburgh, on a pleasure Excursion, returning the same evening.

For particulars see bills.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1847