LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR.
L'Orignal, Aug. 23rd, 1850.
My Dear Whig:-
....The Sawed Lumber business on the Ottawa is yearly increasing, and the three small locks on the Western end of the Grenville Canal are a serious impediment to the prosperity of the trade. This Canal is in the hands of the Board of Ordnance, who apparently, have neither the power or inclination to stir in the matter. Were these three locks enlarged to the size of the others on the same canal, which is that of the Rideau Canal locks, a large vessel might be loaded at Bytown and discharged on Lake Champlain; but while these three contemptible obstructions remain, small boats only can be used; and the other large locks are comparatively useless. The Board of Ordnance should either enlarge these locks or allow the Provincial Government to do it for them; but they prefer to imitate the conduct of the dog in the manger, and thus the matter rests, and in all probability will rest till Dooms day, or until the Colony ceases to be British. Mr. Merritt whose heart seems set upon perfect Canal Navigation, should direct a little of his attention hitherwards, and not allow the Welland and St. Lawrence Canals to engross the whole of his energy. The Sawed Lumber business of Canada is becoming a great one, and it should be the policy of the Ministry to encourage and protect it.....
Aug. 26th - Schr. David Tate, Wellington, 1855 bushels wheat, McPherson & Crane.
Str. Ontario, Lewiston, gen. cargo.
Str. Comet, Montreal, gen. cargo.
Str. Bytown, Montreal, gen. cargo.
Aug. 27th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo
Str. Bay State, Oswego, gen. cargo.
Aug. 26th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.
Aug. 27th - Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.
Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.