p.2 The ship Eliza Mary left this port for Montreal on Thursday evening. Two incidents occurred, previous to the departure of the ship, which we have much pleasure in recording. Captain Gaskin, who is a teetotaller in practice, was presented on Tuesday by the Frontenac Division No. 2 of the Sons of Temperance, with a handsome Bible, suitably inscribed, accompanied by an address. And on Wednesday he was presented by Mr. Sheriff Corbett with a splendid red-cross flag, accompanied by the following note:
Kingston, 3rd May, 1855
Dear Sir, - As you are on the eve of departure from us with your noble vessel, the Eliza Mary, I should wish you to carry with you some testimonial from myself of my respect and esteem for your enterprising character, and my personal esteem for you. Allow me, therefore, to request your acceptance of the flag herewith sent. It is the flag of St. George, the Red Cross of Old England, which, when it floats at the mizzen of the Eliza Mary, will ever warm your heart to your native land, while I hope it will some times recall to you a thought of your old friend,
Thomas A. Corbett.
To Capt. Robert Gaskin.
To which Capt. Gaskin replied:-
My Dear Sheriff - Upon the eve of my departure from this the country of my adoption, nothing has more gratified me than your handsome and patriotic present. The St. George's Cross is now waving over the ship Eliza Mary, and I trust she will live through the briny deep to have it wave again in the harbors of our dear Old England; and should it be my good fortune to send her to the Crimea, as I expect I shall try to do, I trust that your well deserving and respected sons may behold the brave old banner and know that it came from and was presented by one whose whole heart flutters for the success of his native land.
Wishing you, my dear Sheriff, every health and happiness, believe me your truly and sincere friend,
Buffalo, May 3rd - The ice has driven up the lake considerably. The steamer Globe went out this morning, and three sail vessels. It is believed they will get through without difficulty.
May 7, 1855
(has page 2 & 3 from May 4th edition)