(from originals in bound volume at N.A.C.)
Oswego, Sept. 24th, 1834.
Arrived at this port, within a few days past, the schooners Detroit, Huron, Winnebago, belonging to Messrs. Bronson & Crocket, from the ports of Chicago in Illinois, Michigan City in Indiana, and St. Josephs in Michigan, where these schooners discharged about 2,400 barrels of Onondago Salt, returning to Lake Erie in ballast, they took on board cargoes of Ohio wheat for the Oswego Mills, destined (when floured) for the New York market. These, although not the first voyages between our own and the western States, are almost, the commencement of a regular trade between these distant points, a trade destined to grow up in a brief period to a vast amount.
Eight thousand barrels of Onondago salt were taken in Chicago last year at an average price of three dollars per barrel. Sixteen thousand barrels is the estimated supply for the present season, at $2.50 per barrel, and when return cargoes of wheat can be procured in place of Spanish dollars which we are now compelled to bring back, the wheat may be freighted to Oswego for one shilling per bushel.
Found - on board the Durham Boat Three Brothers late from Montreal, a bag...
(missing to end of year)