p.2 American Vessels Going Down the St. Lawrence - The schooner Moses and Elias cleared from Toledo on the 9th with a cargo of corn and cotton for Montreal. The schooner Minerva, Capt. Darrow, cleared from Cleveland on the 12th, with a cargo of 10,000 bushels of corn, consigned to Messrs. Holmes, Young, and Knapp, an extensive Montreal house. - This, says the Cleveland Herald, is among the first shipments of breadstuffs in an American vessel to Montreal from this port, which we hope will bring profitable returns to all concerned, and lead to an extensive commerce with our Canadian neighbors in our lake shipping. The Herald understands the business men of Montreal are solicitious to have American Lake vessels visit that port and that they are disposed to give liberal encouragement to such intercourse. Wm. Milford, Esq., the owner of the Miranda, with his usual enterprise has become a pioneer in the Montreal trade, and Captain Darrow is just the owner to make a favorable impression on the Montrealers.
How American vessels are permitted under existing regulations to go below line 45, we do not understand, unless the Canadians have suppressed the British Navigation Laws, and taken upon themselves the control and regulation of their own affairs without any legislation. In alluding to this subject a few days since, we stated that the free navigation of the St. Lawrence might work out a great change in the course of Western trade, to which our friend of the Buffalo Commercial entered his dissent. The shipment of Western produce by American vessels to Montreal without any formal declaration of free navigation, would seem to justify the supposition that an active competition between American and British shipping, may be productive of some change in the Lake trade.