p.2 The Steamer Canada - The following came across us accidentally, and having procured a copy, we have published it without the knowledge of the gentleman to whom it is addressed. There are a few still alive, of whom Capt. Lawless is one, whose innate modesty would prevent any notice being taken of acts within his duty. [Whig]
Steam Boat Canada.
St. Lawrence River, Aug. 7th, 1844
At a meeting of the passengers on this Boat, this day, after passing the Long Sault Rapids, the following vote of thanks and commendation was unanimously passed:-
Resolved - That the admiration and thanks of this meeting are due to Capt. Lawless, for the exercise of what we cannot but deem superior judgement and consummate skill in the navigation of his vessel down the Long Sault Rapids, in the midst of five rafts of timber, and in the imminent danger of collision with two of them in the very spot where they rush with the greatest fury, and where the navigation is most difficult - thereby, as we are constrained to believe, rescuing his passengers and boat, as well as the people on the rafts, from imminent peril, and at the same time affording a scene, spirited and exciting almost beyond description, but which, we are happy to bear testimony, was in his hands, nevertheless, made to result in safety.
Signed, on behalf of the meeting (by the names of 16 passengers)