The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 2 Aug. 1822, page 2

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We know not to whom we are indebted for the following notice of one of our counties; yet we tender him our thanks for it. We believe he is a New Yorker, a man of discrimination, and a good judge of land.

River Raisin

Messrs. Sheldon & Reed,

Many deserved encomiums have been made on several parts of the territory of Michigan; but little notice has been taken of one of its most beautiful and fertile sections, the county of Monroe....

Satisfied with many places I had examined, it was with reluctance I accompanied a friend to the River Raisin, on my return.--The distance from Detroit being short, I embarked on board of a boat, more to gratify my companion than with an expectation of seeing what would equal, not to say exceed, the places I had recently viewed. We arrived at the mouth of the river, which presents no very favorable presage, the bar extending some considerable distance into the lake, and the tall rushes, waving high above the surface, render it not only difficult for large vessels to enter, but troublesome for strangers to find. After crossing the bar, the water is of sufficient depth for vessels of any burthen; and I am gratified from experiment to discover, that all difficulties can be obviated by entering the bay a short distance from the mouth of the river, where the steam-boat, or any craft that navigate the lake, can securely enter and remain, perfectly safe, in one of the finest harbors on lake Erie, from which, at a very little expense, a communication can be formed with the river, and which the inhabitants are determined to effect. As you ascend, the settlements on each side apeak in view, together with the extensive prairie, skirted with wood lands, present an agreeable landscape. The river, at this season, is low, and navigation ends four miles from the mouth and one from the village of Monroe....


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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 2 Aug. 1822, page 2