The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 6 Feb. 1824, page 3

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Copy of a Letter from a gentleman in the Michigan Territory to his friend in Connecticut, dated Oct. 1st 1823.


...While at Buffalo, I heard much said of the Michigan Territory, and finding the tide of emigration rolling in that direction, I determined to float with the current I embarked accordingly on board the Steam boat, and in three days, traversing the entire length of Lake Erie, arrived at Detroit. I was much surprised to find upon this Lake, (which a few years since, was considered almost two remote to explore,) a Steam Boat perhaps inferior to no other in the United States. The accommodations are excellent, and our voyage was exceedingly pleasant, its monotony being relieved, by the frequent stopping of the Boat to stand and receive passengers, at the little villages along the border of the Lake. I regretted that evening prevented me from viewing the scenery upon the American and Canadian shores as we ascended the Detroit Straits....

....Near the mouth of the River Raisin, which is about forty miles south of Detroit, is an extensive Bay, almost land-locked; arrangements are now making for the erection of a wharf, & at this point are anticipated important commercial advantages. Near the mouth of the River Raisin, is a small settlement, consisting principally of French, excepting the emigration now going in....

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 6 Feb. 1824, page 3