p.2 letter from Editor dated Lake St. Francis, steamer New Era, Aug. 4th - ...."I paid a visit to the dock where Messrs. McPherson & Crane's new steamer, the Champion, is being fitted out. She is a most magnificent vessel, elegant, roomy, and must be swift from her great power. When she has her splendid furniture on board, and is thoroughly painted and decorated, the Champion will be in verity the champion of the new Through Line. Capt. Marshall, once of the little Charlotte, and late of the Scotland, is fitting her out, and will command her, a duty he is fully capable of executing properly. The navigation of the river and lake is so vastly different, that it will require the most experienced of men to sail the steamers of the Through Line. Speaking of this Line, it is more than probable, that advanced as the season is, it will be in full operation ere the navigation closes. There will be, for certain, the Champion, Capt. Marshall, the May Flower, Capt. Patterson, the Maple Leaf, Capt. Wilkinson, and the Arabian, Capt. Colcleugh, all new vessels, and well commanded, and it would not surprise me to find the Highlander and the New Era taken off the River Line, to make a Daily Boat from Montreal to Hamilton, leaving the Ottawa and the Lord Elgin to do the river mail business, with occasional aide from the Through Line, and the American Line late in the Fall. What makes me think so is, that a most excellent passenger and freight business has to be done during the months of October and November, between Toronto and Quebec, and as many craft as can be spared from other lines will be crowded into that paying route"....
...."P.S. - The only piece of news I give, like a grain of wheat in a bushel of chaff is the Amiralty are about selling the Cherokee and Muno (sic), War Steamers, to some people at Quebec, of whom Capt. Weatherly is the Agent."
5th - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.
Str. St. Lawrence, Montreal, mixed cargo.
4th - Str. Prince of Wales, Oswego, livestock.