The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1823, page 2

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Extract of a letter to a gentleman in this place, dated Vincennes, May 6th, 1823.

"We have nothing new worth relating, except that the first steam-boat (the Florence) that ever ascended the Wabash, passed here a few days ago on her way to Fort Harrison, alias Terre Haute, with freight."

We sometimes see such horrible misrepresentations and such ridiculous stuff, emanating from the press in our free country, that we are half tempted to applaud those despotic measures, which, like barriers, have been erected about the erratic genius of its conductors and editors in foreign countries. Indeed were those barriers erected to shut out falsehood alone, they would be commendable.

We were led to the above remarks by the perusal of the following article, cut from the New-York Censor, of May 14, and enclosed to us in a letter.

"Lake Erie Steam Boat.--The Steam Boat Superior has made her first trip to Detroit this season, and by what we learn she again affords but a sorry evidence of what might be expected from her name and the statement that she [had] been "much improved in speed," having taken up about two days more than her specified time for performing the voyage--One report came that she had burst her boiler; this, however, we presume to be false.

From the puffing off of this vessel in the Buffalo papers, we were induced to believe, (maugre our own opinion to the contrary,) that she would be able this season to wipe off her last year's disgrace; but her every movement proves her to be but a little more than a mere apology for a steam boat."

The New York Censor, as our correspondent informs us, is printed "out in Chatauque count," by a man whose very name calls up the idea of a meddlesome little thing with an up-turned pose--Mister Frisbee. He is the person, we believe, who last year slandered our Territory in some remarks about its health, but as they were not copied into any other paper, we did not notice them. It is truly provoking that a person, because he has been taught the use of types and the press, should take it upon himself to slander so great a public convenience as the steam-boat on Lake Erie; and we cannot close this article without again assuring the public, (maugre Mr. Frisbee's "own opinion to the contrary,") that the Superior is not excelled for strength of construction, the rapidity and ease of the motion of her machinery, and her supplies of every kind (when these qualities are considered together) by any boat in the Union.--Every arrangement about the Superior displays a commendable liberality in the owners, and it is very unfair that persons who know nothing about their exertions and the qualities of their boat, should attempt to injure them by such fabrications as Mr. Frisbee's.

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1823, page 2