Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1838
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p.2 A new steamer said to be launched on the day the Queen was crowned, and called after her, came down to Kingston on Wednesday with Gen. Colborne, his Staff, and the remains of two companies of the 24th Regiment, under Major Townshend. The cause of the steamer coming here is rather a novelty, even in these days. We are informed that Mr. Hamilton, manager of one line of Steamers, had orders to have a boat ready to convey Gen. Colborne and part of the 24th to Kingston. The St. George was in attendance, but it seems an objection was made to her, and intimation given to the Skipper of the Great Britain by the Military, to be in attendance to receive the General and his men, to the inconvenience of a large number of cabin passengers on board ready to start, who were directed to give place to the General and his staff! Skipper Whitney could not, or would not, comprehend such military logic, and sent to Mr. Hamilton for orders, but can it be believed that soldiers were placed at the moorings to detain the boat, to the great annoyance and insult of the passengers, who had taken their passage. Whitney received orders to cast off from his moorings at the peril of those who dare prevent him, and the soldiers were withdrawn. We are told the soldiers were not stationed at the moorings by the orders of Sir John, but by some of his understrappers, who have placed him in rather a foolish position by their assuming conduct, such as we should think a man of Sir John's knowledge of life would not commit. Such conduct from Sir P. Maitland might not be surprising. These gentry, reared upon tithe, pig, etc. are for the most part very assuming, particularly if they should chance to marry a descendant with a title from a King and a Prostitute.
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- Rick Neilson
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes