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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1853

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p.2 ads for Mayflower, New Era, and St. Helen.

Public Dinner to Capt. Gaskin, of the Cherokee, at Toronto

The Glove, of Thursday, contains a full report of the proceedings at the dinner given to Capt. Gaskin by the merchants of Toronto. Our contemporary says:-

On Tuesday evening the citizens of Toronto entertained Capt. Gaskin, of the Cherokee, at a public dinner at the North American Hotel, on the occasion of his leaving this port with his new vessel direct for Liverpool. His Worship presided, and at his right hand sat Capt. Gaskin. Amongst the company were Lewis Moffatt, Esq., of the firm of Moffatt, Murray & Co., Robert Gilmor, A.H. Coulson, Thos. Brunskill, Esquires; James Worts, of the firm of Gooderman & Worts, John Harrington, E.G. O'Brien, and F.C. Capreol, Esquires; Alderman Hayes, of the firm of Hayes Brothers, Rice Lewis, Robert Beard, Esquires, and Dr. Beatty.

When the toast of the evening was given from the chair -

"Our Guest, Capt. Gaskin, of the Cherokee,"

long and continued cheers followed, which, being subsided -

Captain Gaskin rose and said he was a sailor and could not make a long speech. He had for ten years hoped to get a vessel to trade between Toronto and England; and now that his first wish was gratified, he hoped to see it followed by many others. He was sorry that he had to go to Oakville for cargo; he had hoped to have got a cargo in Toronto, but he would bring his vessel to Toronto and clear from that port (cheers) and hoped in three months to see them again. Fresh water sailor, as he was called, he intended to show some of the fast sailors how to work up the channel. He was glad, very glad to receive the compliment of a public dinner from the citizens of Toronto (cheers).

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1853