The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 5 Dec. 1826, page 1

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Welland Canal.--H.J. Bolton, Esq. Solicitor General of Upper Canada in his examination in England on the subject of the Welland Canal, made the following statement.

That, if it be not constructed, he believed the whole traffic from the part of Upper Canada would go to New-York.

That he was in Ohio and Michigan Territory last year, and was told by many people from Kentucky and the western part of Pennsylvania, that they are very desirous to have the Welland Canal finished, that they might send their heavy articles to Montreal, and the toll will be much lighter on that rout[e] than by the Erie Canal.

That the people in both countries are influenced by no national prejudices in sending their produce to market.

That on the Canada route, only two transshipments will be required, to three on the Erie Canal route.

That the Welland Canal is to be navigable by vessels of 120 tons, the full size of those ordinarily used on Lake Erie, which may then go 1200 miles without interruption.

That Durham boats, of 30 tons, sail up the rapids between Montreal and Kingston, but they are generally pulled or poled up.

The Welland Canal will be accessible from three to six weeks earlier than the Erie Canal.

That Governor Clinton told him the welland Canal would take off much business from the Erie Canal.

That the people near the Genessee River were very anxious to have the work completed.

And that all the stock would have been readily subscribed for in New-York.

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 5 Dec. 1826, page 1