The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1837

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(says April 18th on page 3)

p.3 The Steamer William IV sailed hence on Monday evening the 10th instant for Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara. This vessel does not appear to have lost anything either in the shape of elegance or speed during the winter and bids fair the coming season under her noted Captain L. Hilliard, to add another branch to her well earned laurels. She has had a thorough overhaul during the winter, is entirely new painted throughout, and her Engine under her able Engineer Mr. A. Starks, has been put into complete repair. Very few changes appear to have taken place on board of her as almost every face on board seems familiar to us, this speaks well for both the employer and the employed. [P. Herald]

At a meeting of the Merchants, held at the Court House on Friday, 14th inst. for the purpose of taking into consideration the Tariff of freight for the approaching season, fixed by the several Forwarding Companies, - John Counter, Esq., was called to the Chair, and A. McNabb appointed Secretary.

Moved by Mr. R.M. Rose and seconded by Mr. Jos. Wilson,

1 - Resolved, That the proceedings of the Meeting of the Merchants of Brockville be now read.

Moved by Mr. C. Hales, and seconded by Mr. S. Forster.

2 - Resolved, That the proceedings of the Brockville Meeting, now read, do receive our cordial approbation, and that the thanks of the Merchants of this Province are due to the Gentlemen who composed that meeting for the prompt and spirited manner in which they have come forward to resist a monopoly.

Moved by Mr. Thos. Greer, and seconded by Mr. W. Ferguson,

3 - Resolved, That this meeting views with feelings of strong disapprobation the very late period at which the Forwarding Companies have made public their tariff of rates - thereby preventing the mercantile community in a great measure from taking those steps which are necessary to prevent a combination so injurious to their interests.

Moved by Mr. R. Jackson, and seconded by Mr. Thos. Greer,

4 - Resolved, That the conduct of the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company more particularly merits the censure of this meeting, as they were considered as a Company formed for the express purpose of opposing anything like monopoly.

Moved by Mr. Thomas Greer, and seconded by Mr. A. Foster,

5 - Resolved, That a copy of the proceedings of this meeting be forwarded to one or more of the merchants of the several towns in the Province, requesting their co-operation in the object of this meeting.

Moved by Mr. Thomas Wilson, and seconded by Mr. R.M. Rose.

6 - Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be printed in circular form, and a copy sent to the several Forwarding Companies, and recommend them to reconsider their unfavorable Tariff of Freights, and accept the offer of twenty-five per cent advance on the rates of last year.

The object of the above meeting being concluded, and Mr. Counter having left the Chair, Mr. Thos. Greer was requested thereto.

Moved by Mr. C. Hales, and seconded by Mr. J. Counter,

1 - Resolved, That this meeting deems it highly necessary, as a protection to the interests of Merchants in general, that a Board of Trade be formed for the Town of Kingston.

Moved by Mr. Foster, seconded by Mr. R.M. Rose,

2 - Resolved, That the following gentlemen be requested to act as a Committee for framing regulations relative to the discharge of cargoes, delivery of Goods, Rates of Commission, Storage, Wharfage, Cartage, etc., which regulations are to be submitted to a future meeting of the merchants of Kingston for their approval, and when measures will be taken to elect a Board of Trade - John Watkins, John Counter, Henry Gildersleeve, Douglas Prentiss, Joseph Bruce, Thomas Macnider, Chas. Hales, O. Mowat, B. Philliips, A. Truax, D.J. Smith, J. Strange, Thomas Greer, Alexander McNabb, John Mowat, George W. Yarker, Robert Jackson, Thomas Briggs Jr., John H. Greer, Richard Scobell, A. Foster.

Editor's Remarks - In justice to Mr. Counter, who figures away as Chairman of a Meeting to whose resolutions he was strenuously opposed, it should have been stated, that he was chosen against his wishes, and that he argued loudly and powerfully against the general tenure of all the resolutions. Mr. Counter is a large stockholder in the Ottawa & Rideau Company.

Pursuant to Notice, a Meeting of the Stockholders of the Steam Boat KINGSTON took place at the Commercial Hotel this day at noon; Mr. John Counter having been voted to the Chair, and Mr. R.M. Rose appointed Secretary, the following Resolutions were put and adopted.

Proposed by Captain Gildersleeve, and seconded by Mr. A. Macnabb,

That William Clark Lawless be appointed Captain of the steam boat Kingston for this season; service to commence from the 1st March, according to the articles of agreement.

Proposed by Mr. A. Macnabb, and seconded by Mr. Charles Hales,

That that part of the articles of agreement naming three persons as a Committee of Management, be altered, and that seven be named.

Proposed by Mr. George Smith, and seconded by Mr. A. Macnabb,

That in the event of Mr. Douglas Prentiss resigning the Agency of the steam boat Kingston, Mr. Henry Gildersleeve be appointed his successor.

The Stockholders afterwards voted specially the following Gentlemen to act as a Committee of Management for this season, viz.:

Messrs. Geo. Smith, A. Macnabb, J. Counter, C. Hales, R.M. Rose, D. Prentiss, H. Gildersleeve.

The Chairman having left the Chair, Mr. Alexander Macnabb, seconded by Mr. Douglas Prentice, Proposed, That the thanks of this meeting are due to the Chairman, for his conduct in the Chair.

J. Counter, Chairman.

R.M. Rose, Secretary. Kingston, 13th April, 1837.

Notice - The Steam Boat Brockville will commence her regular Trips on Wednesday next, the 19th instant, will leave this place for the Bay of Quinte at 8 o'clock A.M. Freight payable on delivery, and no credit for passages. Kingston, 15th April, 1837

The expected alteration in the trade of Kingston is at length announced. Messrs. McPherson & Crane have coalesced with the O. & R. F. Co. and will in consequence transact the greater part of their immense business at Kingston instead of Prescott. This ought materially to benefit the town.

Notice to Steam Boat Operators - no increase in charge for advertising in this paper - ie. 10 dollars per season.

Notice - The Steam Boat Brockville will commence her regular Trips, on Wednesday next, the 19th instant, will leave this place for the Bay of Quinte at 8 o'clock A.M. Freight payable on delivery, and no credit to passengers. Kingston, 15th April, 1837.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1837