The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), May 19, 1840

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p.3 Trade of Kingston - The number of vessels that daily pour into Kingston harbour, and the neighbouring ports of Portsmouth dock, and Garden Island, seems incredible to persons who only knew our good town a few short years ago. On Tuesday, no less than nineteen schooners arrived, laden with bread stuffs for Montreal, besides, sundry others with lumber. Business of this kind has increased so much, that it has taken the town by surprise, there not being accommodation for a third of the produce remitted, independent of the losses by the late fire. The temporary evil will soon be remedied, as wharves and warehouses are being put up in all directions.

The Town of Kingston - Maugre the sad devastation caused by the recent fire, Kingston is assuming a very bustling and building appearance. In every part of the town edifices are being put up, as if by magic. Vacant lots are covered with houses that a few weeks ago were covered with snow. So numerous are the erections, that we cannot enumerate them. A few we may particularize. Messrs. M'Pherson & Crane are building a two story frame warehouse, 200 feet long, on the Town Wharf. Mr. Wm. Wilson is building a heavy stone warehouse in rear of his dry goods store. Mr. Anglin is erecting several stone shops on the long vacant lot opposite. And Mr. Cartwright is making a large addition to his already handsome mansion. The new warehouse of Messrs. Hooker & Henderson & that of Mr. R. Scobell are nearly completed. In short, in whatever direction a stranger steps, he hears the sound of the hammer and trowel. No attempts, as yet, have been made to rebuild any portion of the lately burnt blocks, but we hear of various preparations in esse. Should the Corporation be able to borrow the money, the northern side of the Market Square will be rebuilt this year. Mr. Fraser intends immediately to re-establish his wharf and storehouse (re-leased to the Ottawa and Rideau Company,) and also means to erect a splendid grocery store on the front facing the public street. Mr. Irons has taken Mr. Kirkpatrick's large brick house, nearly opposite, with the intention of establishing another first-rate hotel; and the Hon. G.H. Markland has offered to lease the site of his late father's mansion, (burnt by the fire) for a similar purpose. The Chronicle office and bookstore is immediately to be rebuilt. In fact, the busy note of preparation is heard on all sides, and Kingston will speedily rise from its ashes, a better and handsomer town. The want of a sufficient number of mechanics may possibly retard the proposed renovations; therefore, if friendly newspapers will republish this article, it may have the tendency of inducing such mechanics (of all kinds ) who have not permanent employment, to bend their steps hitherward. There is room and employment for hundreds.

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), May 19, 1840