The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 2 Dec. 1835, page 2

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Much more of sour zeal than good sense or common courtesy, has been manifested by our city cotemporaries, since the publication of a paragraph in our last, touching some casualties upon the lake. It seems that some of the particulars, (all of which were furnished us by the same passengers from the west, who are gentlemen of respectability) were not founded in fact. At this none could more heartily rejoice than we; but we are most coarsely assailed, either for not possessing intuitive power to discriminate, at the time we profited by all that was known in town, or for not suppressing all the facts in the case--which, we know not.

We stated that the Schooner Bridget foundered, with Capt. and crew--it seems the Captain was fortunately on shore, and escaped: and this singular and unusual circumstance we are blamed for not knowing. The steam boat Daniel Webster is also said not to have struck on the pier at Grand River, or to have thrown overboard 15 horses--though for aught that appears she did a less number. We know not the authority for these denials, but hope it is good.

The crabbed and unreasonable flings at us, by our neighbours, on this occasion contrast, quite to our satisfaction, with the very different manner in which we recently corrected the errours [sic] of their over-wrought fancies--and that, too, in matters directly within their personal reach. We have never enjoyed the reputation of a manufacturer of "rare and strange wonderments"; nor have we ever aspired to such distinction. It is not to our taste.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 2 Dec. 1835, page 2