The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 25, 1830

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On the 18th August inst. a meeting was held in this village, for the purpose of taking into consideration the contemplated formation of a Seamen's Friend Society, for Lake Ontario. Capt. Bill, of the Schr. Winnebago, was chosen Chairman, and Capt. L.C. Hugunin, of the Schr. Ontario, Secretary.

It was stated to the meeting, that in accordance with a suggestion of the Seamen's Friend Society of New York, a Convention of Delegates from the different Ports on the Lake and the St. Lawrence, had been invited to be held at Oswego, on the 18th of September, for the purpose of organizing a Society for Lake Ontario - that the invitation had been well received, and that the subject was beginning to excite the attention of the benevolent in most of the villages and harbors bordering upon our waters. The following resolutions were adopted:

1st. That the plan of forming a Seamen's Friend Society for Lake Ontario, meets with our cordial approbation, and shall receive our support.

2d. That it is expedient for this meeting to appoint four delegates to represent Oswego in the Convention of the 18th Sept.

Whereupon Capt. Elias Trowbridge and Joseph Turner, Esq. of East Oswego, and Messrs. Samuel Hawley and Josiah T. Marshall, of West Oswego, were appointed said delegates. It was resolved, that all the masters of vessels belonging to Oswego, who shall be in Port on the day of the Convention, be invited to attend.

It was further resolved that the delegates now appointed be requested to give public notice of the meeting of the Convention, and also to invite all masters who may be in our harbor on that day to attend.

The meeting of this Convention is looked to with much interest. It is the first organized effort to improve the condition of the sailors of the Lakes, and can hardly fail to call forth in its favor the kindest feelings of every benevolent heart.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 25, 1830