p.3 Rideau Canal Company - We have noticed in several of the Montreal papers a series of letters having a tendency to injure this Company in pubic opinion. Persons unfriendly to the Company and to Kingston, get hold of passengers on their way to the head of the Lake, and obtain from them certificates of hardships and detentions on the Canal route. These passengers for the most freshly arrived in the country, are utterly unacquainted with the miseries endured on board a durham boat on the River St. Lawrence, are easily persuaded to detail a list of grievances that are gathered together and sent down to Montreal for publication. This is manifestly unjust; since it is only by a comparison with the river that the advantages of the Canal can be appreciated. Occasional detentions may and do occur on the favored route, but what are they compared to what daily occurs on the river? It was but the other day that we were told of a poor Irish woman and children that were three weeks in getting to Kingston by the river, during which time she had spent every farthing of her money, & was landed penniless, with a journey of 200 miles still before her.
Sept. 21 - The steamer Thomas McKay, Chambers, with barges Clara Fisher and Trader in tow, 35 passengers and merchandize (consignees listed.)
Sept. 22 - The steamer Rideau, Bowen, with barge Iroquois in tow; 20 passengers and merchandize. (Consignees listed.)
N.B. The above barge left Montreal on the 18th inst. and was barely four days on her passage.
Sept. 19 - The steamer Bytown, with goods and passengers for Bytown.
Sept. 21 - The barges Francis and Emigrant, per St. Lawrence for Montreal, with peaches, etc.
Sept. 22 - The steamer Thomas McKay, with goods and passengers for Bytown.