The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1847

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p.3 Mr. Bethune has written a very spirited letter to our Chief Magistrate relative to the outrage committed on board the Princess Royal. The leaders of the affray ought to be brought to justice, as they undoubtedly will be. The reflecting portion of the Catholic community, as well as the Bishop, deprecate the acts of the mob. The supineness and indecision manifested in a case of so much importance in not investigating the matter will not, we think, be allowed to pass unnoticed. Individual life and property should be protected, and the supremacy of the laws vindicated and upheld.

Toronto, August 3rd, 1847.

Sir, - Captain Henry Twohy, of the Steamer Princess Royal, having informed me that a most outrageous attack was made upon that Steamer yesterday, at Kingston, by a mob incited by the Rev. Mr. Higgins. I have to request that you will be pleased to take the information of Capt. Twohy against the parties guilty of the outrage, or who in any way encouraged it; that you issue your warrant for their apprehension; and that they may be bound over to take their trial at the next assizes for the offence; as I am determined that the majesty of the law, shall so far as I contribute to it, be upheld; and that the guilty parties shall be punished.

What would be thought of me, if under the pretence of some insult having been offered to me by some laborer in the employ of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kingston, I were to incite a mob to take possession of this Palace and beat the persons they might happen to find in it, destroy his furniture, and threaten destruction by fire to his premises?

Now, such has been exactly the conduct pursued by a mob towards my steamer and the persons employed aboard of her; and if such conduct is to be tolerated, the sooner we are made aware of it the better.

I humbly maintain that in this country there is no man neither so high or so low that he can violate the law with impunity. If however the laws of the land will not protect my property and people from injury, then it will be necessary to resort to the first law of nature, and take it into our own hands that which the authority deny us.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your most obed't humble servant,

Donald Bethune.

To Thomas Kirkpatrick, Esq., Mayor of the City of Kingston.

Accidental Death by Drowning - Yesterday afternoon a very lamentable accident occurred on board the Steamer Canada. The wheel in the steerage being out of repair, two men with the Mate were at work with the tiller, when by some means it was violently brought round throwing the mate and a hand named Kelly, overboard. The Mate saved himself by swimming, but the other, after remaining in the water ten or eleven minutes, was brought out in a lifeless state. Means were made use of for restoring him, but without success.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1847