PUBLIC MEETING AT PORTSMOUTH.
At a public meeting of the Freeholders and inhabitants of the village of Portsmouth, held at Mr. Joshua Territ's Inn, on the evening of Friday, the 2nd instant, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of adopting such measures as will ensure the safety, and efficiency of the Harbour. The following resolutions were unanimously adopted:-
1st - That the Breakwater having been built by Messrs. Dickenson and Co., and McLeod and Logan, at that time the proprietors of the site of the village, for the purpose of enhancing the value of their property; and that the present holders of property in this village, having amply remunerated them for so doing consider the Breakwater as their property.
2nd - That this meeting understand that parties who have purchased the lot known as the Dickenson Lot are sitting up an exclusive claim to the Breakwater, and have actually collected tolls from vessels lying inside of it.
3rd - That this meeting protest against the Breakwater passing into the hands of any private individual, as being contrary to our rights, and detrimental to the prosperity of the village.
4th - That a committee be formed to watch over and to take such steps as they may seem necessary for our interests in the matter.
5th - That the following named persons act as said committee:
Messrs. Thomas Kirkpatrick, George McLeod, John McIntyre, Thomas Dissett, Wm. M. Patterson.
6th - That the inhabitants of this village, learn with deep regret, that the cholera has again visited this continent, and as it is well established that cleanliness and good water are great preventitives to that dreadful disease, do hereby appoint the following persons as a Committee of Health to take such measures as they deem necessary to secure the health of the village, and request that they will wait as soon as possible on the owners of the old vessels at present sunk in the Harbour, for the purpose of adopting measures for their removal.
Names of committee, three to form a quorum: Messrs. James Fisher, Alexander McLeod, Terrence McGahern, Alexander Skinner, Geo. McLeod, Wm. M. Patterson, Alex. Brash, J.E. Dissett, Patrick Quinn, Martin Keely, James McCarthy, Robert Brash.
7th - That the inhabitants of this village, are alive to the importance of giving every facility and accommodation to vessels and lumber entering the harbour but at the same time deprecate any thing that might tend to obstruct the navigation and request that the first named committee, endeavour to get a law passed for the regulation of the Harbour.
GEO. McLEOD, Chairman.
WM. M. PATERSON, Secretary.
Portsmouth, Feb. 3rd, 1849.