The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), Aug. 22, 1832

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Harbour Improvements

It will be seen, from what follows, that the people of Jefferson county are inquiring why King Andrew refused to sign the bill for the improvement of our Harbours. Will the Editor of the Argus inform the citizens of Jefferson county that they lost their appropriations because of the Sovereignty of the State, Senators Dudley and Marcy, NEGLECTED TO PLACE THEM IN THE RIGHT BILL?

"Speak out" Edwin, We "pause for a reply:" -


Mr. Editor, - In the National Intelligencer of the 28th July, "An act for the Improvement of certain Harbours," is published which passed Congress. But as Andrew Jackson would not sign it, of course, the law is defeated. The following appropriations were very important to the navigating interests of this lake.

"For the improvement of the harbour at the mouth of Big Sandy Creek, in the county of Jefferson, in said State, Lake Ontario, nine thousand two hundred dollars, and

For the improvement of the harbour at the mouth of Salmon river, on Lake Ontario, five thousand dollars, according to the several plans of the said harbours, submitted through the Department of War."

Thus has Jackson again set himself up as superior to the wisdom of Congress. The improvement of the harbours at Sandy Creek and Salmon River, are of very great publick importance to the south part of this and north part of Oswego counties. Many vessels have been cast away, and lives lost in Mexico Bay, for the want of such harbours in severe storms.

The people have repeatedly petitioned for these appropriations; and now when they had flattered themselves that the law had passed, behold, Andrew Jackson defeats their just expectations. It is presumed that this dereliction of duty will, like all others, be justified by those who idolize him.

Even if he should turn Congress and the Judges of the Supreme Court out of doors, (which he might as well do as to disregard their act as he has done) they would insist that their "King can do no wrong." The King of England would not dare to treat parliament, or the judiciary of that government as Jackson has ours. The remedy is now with the people - If they awake to a due sense of their rights and duties, all will be well.


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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), Aug. 22, 1832