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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 14 Dec. 1826, page 3

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[From the Lewiston Sentinel.]

[The following circular was handed us for publication. The interests of the county of Niagara, and indeed, this whole frontier, we believe to be as much affected by the restrictions complained of, as any part of the union, and we suggest the propriety of a concurrence in the measures pursuing by the citizens of Ogdensburgh.]

Sir--At a meeting of the citizens of this village, called for the purpose of considering and promoting the best measures of relief against the restrictions imposed by the British Government "on the trade of American citizens with the Candian [sic] Ports, by the River St. Lawrence." &c. the undersigned were appointed "a Committee to correspond with the Counties on the Northern Frontier in relation to our common interests."

In discharging the duty thus devolved upon us, we have to inform you that that meeting resolved to advise the citizens of the county of St. Lawrence, to hold a General Meeting, to consist of five delegates from each of the twenty towns in said county, "to express their [sic] united sense of the inhabitants thereof, as to the measures most proper to be taken to obtain relief from the grievances under which we labor;" which county meeting is to be held on the 19th day of December next.

Nor should the committee omit to state, that, with a view to relief to this immediate district, the county meeting will be free to turn their attention to the establishment of a convenient intercourse with our domestic markets, by means of canals, railways, or roads; as well as to what we deem the great and only sure source of permanent security and properity, the navigation of the St. Lawrence, free from the imposition of duties on our articles of production or merchandise, and free from any other duties, that the same transit duties which may be imposed on Biritish products or merchandise, passing the waters of the river.

It is known that the General Government is anxiously pressing a negociation [sic] with the British government, which, it is to be hoped, may result in an amicable arrangement providing for the lasting security of the great interests in question.

But, if this hope should no be realized, it is thought advisable, by the united voice of this great and growing region of country, to appeal to the Legislature of the Union to interpose its power to assert, in our behalf, the rights which the laws of nature and of nations have vouchsafed to us.

Whether this object can be best effected by countervailing duties on British products passing through our waters, as they must, on their way to Montreal, for a distance of fifteen miles-- by commercial prohibitions--or otherwise; we are content to leave to the wisdom of Congress to decide.

We ask your concurrence in the measures which we are pursuing, especially as it regards the free navigation of the River, and respectfully suggest, through you, to the citizens of your county, the propriety of calling a county meeting to consider, among other things, the necessity of memorializing Congress upon the subject, in the event of the failure of the pending negociations; the issue of which may probably be known early in January next.

Desiring to hear from you on the subjects thus submitted to your consideration.

We are, very respectfully, your obedient servants,

Ogdensburgh, Nov. 21, 1826.

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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 14 Dec. 1826, page 3