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Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 12 August 1835, page 2

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Yet Another.--On Monday last, another noble Steam Boat, the Columbus, entered our harbour. She is of the large and expensive class of our Lake Boats, handsomely furnished and fitted. The Columbus is commanded by Capt. Asa Walker--the same who was so heavy a loser by the wreck of the Washington, two years since. She is immediately, we understand, to commence her trips between this and Detroit.


[From the Miami of the Lake.]

Buffalo and Perrysburg.--These two points, we believe, are destined to hold quite a different relation to each other, than that which they now do, in a very few years. The relative position of the two towns, situated as they are, at the eastern and western extremes of Lake Erie, favours this opinion, and gives them a mutual advantage for the expeditious transaction of mercantile business over all other commercial ports upon the lake. In their future commercial operations, the present evident unity of interest, will grow into a strong bond of commercial concert in action--mutually dependent, and mutually aiding each other, in every commercial enterprise. The one holding in her hand the western, and the other the eastern key of the lake, by the enjoyment of natural advantages, which never can be wrested from them. Although this town has made but little noise, yet we are satisfied from what little experience we have had in viewing the natural course of trade, that the time is not far distant, when it will engross much of that interest, which is at present enlisted in favour of less important commercial points. The business of the present season, demonstrates prospectively, to our mind, the results of the coming four or five years. The great revolution which must have taken place, ere the arrival of that period, in the western channel of communication, appears before us. The steamboats of the Mississippi, flooding the Ohio and Wabash rivers with the products of the southern states, as well as those of the West India Islands, will readily find their way by the Miami canal from Cincinnati, and the Wabash and Erie canal from the Wabash, to this port, and when here will be shipped to the other ports of the lake, at a less expense than what is now paid for the transportation of the same articles by way of New York and the Eire canal. When the Wabash and Erie canal is finished, connecting our town with the navigable waters of the Wabash and the Miami canal, connecting that with Cincinnati, a portion of Canada, Michigan, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, will be supplied with southern products through these channels, which will open a valuable and lively, as well as a new trade between the southern and northern states. At this period, of which we speak, the consumption of the products of the southern states will be immense in the north, and the consumption of the eastern and northern manufactures in the south, will not by any means, be inconsiderable, and should the present feelings of liberality continue to increase, as is quite probable it will, the amount of exchange between the two sections, will be incalculable.

These suppositions, as we are here pleased to term them, are not merely probabilities, but any short of more than their fulfilment, is scarcely possible, Viewing the subject thus, and we must at once admit, that our town is soon to take its position along side of Buffalo and Cincinnati, as the third interiour [sic] town of exchange in the Union. It is not material to the subject of this exchange, which of the two routes may prove ultimately the cheapest, the route by way of the Ohio river to Cincinnati, or that by way of the Wabash river, the result will be the same to us, as either of the above routes will be much cheaper, we believe, than to bring them by way of New-York, Erie Canal, &c.

To give the various advantages in detail, which are possessed by this town, in connection with that of Buffalo, would require a volume, but let him that doubteth, refer to the map of the United States, and examine for himself, and see what the result may be, as soon as these great and important works shall be completed. To us, to reason upon the subject, with all the facts before us, appears like discoursing upon a self-evident, or generally conceded point.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 12 August 1835, page 2