p.2 Forwarding - Since the days of the canoe journeys of the early Canadian voyageurs and coureurs de bois, what wonderful changes have taken place upon our Canadian waters? Then, a voyage upwards to Kingston occupied a month, which is now accomplished in thirty-six hours. Steam alone has not accomplished this; our waters, in fact, had to be almost created anew before what we now enjoy could be rendered available. But steam has also done much, and that it is done so much is to be attributed to the fact, that it has been guided by a number of most enterprising men of business, of whom some have succumbed under the difficulties of a business, the conditions of which, during some years passed, have been so changeable as often to baffle foresight, but of whom others have reaped the fair reward of their courage, activity and steadfastness. Of those the two most eminent firms hitherto have been Messrs. Hooker & Holton, and Messrs. Macpherson & Crane. These two houses have, with boldness and perseverance, adapted their means to every change in the nature of the navigation - sometimes trying experiments with propellers, at others with "Pollywags," but always increasing the size and efficiency of their craft, and the number of their vessels, as the trade required and the facilities were increased. The fleet of the two firms now must average a considerable tonnage of very fine vessels. Both houses, however, have determined to relinquish the forwarding business to devote themselves entirely to other enterprizes, and their places are to be taken by two new firms, whose advertisements appear elsewhere. Messrs. Hooker & Holton are to be succeeded by Messrs. Alfred Hooker, G.E. Jaques, Edwin Pridham, and Elijah Hooker; and Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, by Messrs. Holcomb & Henderson. Both the new firms retain a great deal of the traditionary experience and knowledge of their predecessors, and will doubtless still maintain the advanced position which the latter have so long held in our commercial world. [Montreal Herald]
The CO-PARTNERSHIP heretofore existing between the undersigned, under the firm of HOOKER & HOLTON, was DISSOLVED on the 31st December last. All debts due to the firm are to be paid to Alfred Hooker, who will settle all claims against it, and who is authorized to use the name of the firm in liquidation only.
Montreal, Jan. 12th, 1854. Alfred Hooker, L.H. Holton
With reference to the above, the FORWARDING and COMMISSION BUSINESS, hitherto carried on under that style, will be continued by the undersigned, under the firm of HOOKER, JACQUES & CO., at Montreal; ALFRED HOOKER & CO., Prescott; and HOOKER, PRIDHAM & CO., at Kingston, Toronto and Hamilton, who avail themselves of this means to assure their friends, that the increased and efficient means of transport at their command will enable them to forward with despatch and care all property placed in their hands.
Liberal advances, as heretofore, will be made on Consignments of Produce.
Montreal, Jan. 12th, 1854.
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Jan. 19, 1854