A letter to the editor:
A man was fired who would not swear that he would vote for Jonas Jones in the up coming election. "I have been employed by Mr. Jones on a steamboat building by him." signed Frances Hackett.
Brockville (Ontario, Canada) Recorder
June 24, 1836
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Launch . - We understand that the splendid new steamboat which has been some time in construction at this place, by Jonas Jones, Esq. and others, will be launched on Friday the 5th of May next, at 12 o'clock, noon. This Boat, we understand, is to bear the name of the distinguished Tory Baronet, Sir Robert Peel.
Thursday, April 27, 1837
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Launch . - The Steam Boat Sir Robert Peel, was launched from the Ship yard in this town, on Friday last, agreeable to an intimation given by us. She at first moved slowly on her ways for some twelve or fifteen feet, when her motion accelerated, and she made the final plunge in fine style, without accident of any kind. A large collection of people whom the novelty of a launch had brought together, were spectators of the scene. The William IV. and Brockville , were lying off the ship yard covered with passengers; and the steamer United States came into harbour just as the new boat was towed up to the wharf by the Brockville.
Thursday, May 11, 1837