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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1834

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To the Editor of the British Whig.

Steam Boat United States, Kingston Harbor, Sept. 3, 1834.

Dear Sir, - You will oblige me by noticing in your next paper, that the Steam Boat United States will call at Kingston as heretofore, every Monday morning at 6 o'clock, after next Monday, when it will be in the afternoon.

In one of your last papers, I have perused an account of a race between the Wm. Avery and the vessel under my command. To speak of the Avery is small game; but in relation to this race, I can only say, we have never left Ogdensburgh on the same day. She left that place on Saturday, 23d ult. and we on Sunday, and yet we arrived at Lewiston, 15 hours in advance. She left Lewiston at 11 o'clock A.M. and we at 7 P.M. and according to their own story, they arrived at Oswego "two hours ahead of us." This is the race of which they boast.

I am sorry to be obliged to allude to another subject. An outrage of an unprecedented character was perpetrated on my pilot's person, this day in Kingston Harbor. The persons who ill used him are known, and legal proceedings will be instituted against them and their instigators as soon as practicable.

Every facility is always shown towards British vessels in our ports, and I challenge them to point out a single instance where they have been molested by mobs, as we have been on three separate occasions.

Yours truly,


To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - I am extremely sorry to have to communicate to you a circumstance of a very flagrant character - and which ought immediately to attract the notice of the Board of Health of this place.

This week nearly 500 passengers have arrived at Mr. Drummond's wharf, per the Margaret, Enterprize, Rideau, and Thomas McKay, from Montreal on their route upwards; several of whom had lost their relatives by Cholera since their importation at Grosse Isle - for I was creditably informed that not less than 23 had died since their disembarkation at Grosse Isle. They were not allowed to take their passage on board the steamer, United States - in consequence of a strong feeling or prejudice on the part of the Forwarders connected with the Commodore Barrie - therefore they have since Wednesday been detained up to 2 o'clock this day and the Barrie has never arrived!! In consequence of this detention two or more cases of Cholera have occurred on board the Rideau, 2 of which have proved fatal this morning. Since the morning the owners of the Rideau have anchored her close to the fish market, to the great annoyance of that neighbourhood; for, it must be recollected that most of the water for domestic use is brought from that place - it consequently happens that they will be, so long as she remains there, obliged to bring out their water mixed with all wash and other effluvia cast from the boat.

Sir, ought such a nuisance be allowed to exist any longer? God forbid it should; therefore I hope the Board will do all in their power to remove this dreadful source of contagion - for by so doing they will confer a great favor on this neighbourhood, on the town at large, and on your most obedient servant,

A Friend to Sanitary Regulations

Front Street, Kingston. Sept. 5th, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1834