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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1850

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Monday the first day of July is a day ever to be kept in remembrance by the people of Cobourg, a day to be marked with a white stone in the Town's Callendar, for on that day occurred the most important event of her history, namely, the formal surrender to the Corporation by the Provincial Government of the Cobourg Harbor. From the first of July instant, we therefore begin to date the future prosperity of our good Town, and that the current of that prosperity may never receive a check under Divine Providence, nothing more is needed than that our people one and all should put their shoulders to the wheel and cordially unite with the Municipal Authorities in their endeavor to make the Harbor, now for the first time truly our own, what it is easily capable of being made a Harbor of Refuge. There is, there always has been, a spirit of noble enterprise in Cobourg, and we confidently opine that that spirit will increase. Twenty years ago with a scanty population and limited means, and with but few natural advantages, save those at all times possessed by an intelligent people, the Villagers of Cobourg commenced the building of their Harbor. Right well do we remember the interest then taken in the work. Every one lent a helping hand according to his means, but money, which some affect to call the "root of all evil," but which we contend may be properly termed the source of much good, was wanting, the work in consequence progressed but slowly and was but imperfectly performed. Time rolled on, the Town grew and flourished, but changes came, commercial distress visited us. The Government was applied to for assistance, that assistance was accorded, and thus Government became the largest proprietor of the Harbor. The tolls, which ought to have been spent for the improvement of the town and port, had to be set apart for the payment of interest. The works, from the want of local supervision, soon began to fall into decay, and had it not been for the foresight of the Town Council the Harbor would soon have become utterly useless. But not so, for under the provisions of a late act, the Town purchased the whole, and now Cobourg Town and Cobourg Harbor are "one and indivisible," and so long as they continue so, and that the Council exercise its accustomed prudence and careful management, so long will Cobourg flourish.

The terms upon which the arrangement with Government has been effected we can confidently assert are in the highest degree advantageous, and the possession of this important addition to the Town property, will tend greatly to the enlargement of our credit, as also the increase of our Commercial property.

We are informed that it is the intention of the Council to immediately to commence operations in dredging, building piers, wharves, etc. with the view of making Cobourg a Harbor of Refuge, and this (notwithstanding the flippant opinions of shipmasters, who, whatever may be their knowledge of navigation, we fearlessly assert, know nothing of engineering) may be done with the greatest facility and with perfect success. Almost any depth of water can be had, and a basin of still water, capable of containing half the shipping on the Lake, can be formed merely by dredging. There in front of Cobourg the only good holding ground for an anchor within miles of either side, for here the great limestone bed forms the bottom of the lake for many miles east and west, dips and forms a natural basin having superimposed a thick stratum of strong blue clay, to reach which it is only necessary to dredge out the loose sand which from neglect has been allowed to accumulate when a harbor, perfect in all its requirements will be formed at but small comparative cost. The people of Cobourg have done more for the improvements of roads in the interior than is generally known. We in passing merely point to the splendid road to Rice Lake, the Grafton and Port Hope roads, and the different avenues of approach to the Town; and all these roads draw business of course to the Town, but they also draw business to the Port, it is therefore but fair that the Town should have the benefit of that business, the profits of which have heretofore been withdrawn to pay dividends to a foreign proprietory who had no further interest in, and had no sympathy whatever, for the Town of Cobourg. Without, we hope, being considered invidious, we cannot close this article, neglecting to name some of the more prominent of those who by their untiring efforts, have at length succeeded in accomplishing this most desirable arrangement. To our enterprising Mayor, Mr. Weller, Mr. Scott, Mr. Perry, and Mr. D.E. Boulton, much praise is due, and to the members of the Council who have cordially co-operated with those gentlemen, the town owes a debt of gratitude, which will be better appreciated ten years hence than perhaps now. In such hands the interests of the Town are safe, and under their management there is no doubt but we shall go on and prosper. We have ever endeavored to wield a fearless but impartial pen, we blame where in our judgement blame is due, but to render to the deserving the meed of praise is a task far more in accordance with our taste and feelings; "we love not chiding but delight rather in giving praise. - In such spirit these remarks are written, in such spirit we trust they will be received. Let the inhabitants as ever has been their wont, join in the good work, and one and all with head and hand determine to do it and it will be done. Huzza! "Let Cobourg flourish." Remember your Watchword.

Note - It is with much gratification we republish the above from the Star. The Cobourghers ever were a go-a-head set of folks, and all that is now wanting to make Cobourg a place, is for the inhabitants to learn to spell its name - Cobourg! Who ever heard of such a town?

Port of Kingston.

July 4th - Schr. Georgiana, Port Dover, 15,700 pipe and W.I. staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. George Moffatt, Port Glasgow, 6,500 pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Clyde, Hamilton, 18,959 pipe and W.I. staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Lady Bagot, Clear Creek, 27,000 pipe & W.I. staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Jane Ann Marsh, Clear Creek, 39,000 pipe and W.I. staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Duke, Darlington, 768 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

July 5th - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Lord Durham, Whitby, 49,313 West India staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Shannon, Clear Creek, 18,500 W.I. & pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Gen. Wolf, Clear Creek, 18,500 W.I. & pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Odd Fellow, Port Stanley, 7,940 W.I. and pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Str. Magnet, Hamilton, 1 cask wine, H. McLennan.

separate ads for steamers Ontario, Bay State, Northerner, Canada, City of Toronto, Fashion.



The new and fast sailing Yacht Jenny Lind, with masts, sails and running rigging complete, is now offered for sale. The Jenny Lind is the fastest vessel on Lake Ontario, and is the winner of the 1st Prize at the last Kingston Regatta.

For further particulars apply to Mr. Jenkins, Sail maker, Ontario St.

Kingston, July 6th, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1850