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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 7, 1847

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p.1 The Free Navigation of the St. Lawrence [Oswego Commercial Times]



We did not make mention of this sad outrage in our last, because, we hoped the matter might be allowed to blow over; but it has been the pleasure of the press to bruit it loudly abroad. This we regret, because it was one of those unhappy occurrences, the knowledge of which only spreads dissension among the fanatical and bigoted. No persons can regret the outrage more than the members of the Catholic Community generally, whether Clergy or Laity. The act was the act of an ignorant mob, and should be so regarded. We agree in opinion with the rest of our brethren, that the guilty parties should be punished; that is, if they can be discovered, but if they have hitherto escaped detection, and cannot be found, it is not wise to make a great outcry. We have alluded to the matter today for the purpose of introducing Mr. Bethune's Letter to the Mayor of Kingston, which we have been requested to publish.

Toronto, August 3rd, 1847.

Sir,- Captain Henry Twohy, of the steamer Princess Royal, having informed me that a most outrageous attack was made upon that Steamer yesterday at Kingston, by a mob incited by the Rev. Mr. Higgins.* I have to request that you will be pleased to take the information of Capt. Twohy against the parties guilty of the outrage, or who in any way encouraged it; that you issue your warrant for their apprehension; and that they may be bound over to take their trial at the next assizes for the offence; as I am determined that the majesty of the law shall, so far as I can contribute to it, be upheld; and that the guilty parties shall be punished.

What would be thought of me if, under the pretence of some insult having been offered to me by some laborer in the employ of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kingston, I were to incite a mob to take possession of his Palace and beat the persons they might happen to find in it, destroy his furniture, and threaten destruction by fire to his premises?

Now, such has been exactly the conduct pursued by the mob towards my steamer and the persons employed on board of her; and if such conduct is to be tolerated, the sooner we are made aware of it the better.

I humbly maintain that in this country there is no man either so high or so low that he can violate the laws with impunity. If, however, the laws of the land will not protect my property and people from injury, then it will be necessary to resort to the first law of nature, and take into our own hands that which the authorities deny us.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your most obed't humble servant,


To Thomas Kirkpatrick, Esq.,

Mayor of the City of Kingston.

* The writer is misinformed as to this fact. Ed. Whig.

Mr. John Verner, Collector of Customs at Maitland, on the St. Lawrence is removed to Port Milton, South Bay to establish a new port of entry; address presented to him by inhabitants of Johnstown District.

Expedition - One of Messrs. Colcleugh & Greer's propellers the Beagle, Capt. Taylor, performed her trip hence to Montreal and back, with cargo both ways, in eight days. This is said to be the shortest period in which the same distance and work have been done, and speaks well for the energy and management of Capt. Taylor, and the application of propellers to our Lake & River Navigation, as a most useful class of freight vessels. [Colonist]

Comparative Figures on Welland Canal for 1846 and 1847.

p.3 Supposed Murder - body believed to be Niel McCurvy, former mate of schooner Sir Robert Peel, found in water near Yonge Street Wharf; injuries suggest murder. [Toronto Examiner]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 7, 1847