Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., June 1, 1831
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Steam Boat Great Britain. - This new and splendid boat entered our harbor on Saturday morning last, and most of our citizens had an opportunity of witnessing her spacious accommodations. She has been said to be the largest steam-boat in America; and we feel ourselves warranted in saying that she is unsurpassed by any on our waters for strength, spaciousness and convenience. Her cabins are large, airy, and handsomely furnished. She is rated at 650 tons burthen and is propelled by two engines of 80 horse power each.

Our spirited Corporation gave the Captain of the Great Britain an invitation to a public dinner, which he politely declined. We have been favored with the following correspondence between the President of the Corporation and Capt. Whitney, on the subject:

Oswego, May 28, 1831.
Sir -

The corporation of the village of Oswego take pleasure in manifesting their own feelings, as well as the feelings of the citizens of this village generally, by assuring you of the gratification they derive from the appearance of the magnificent steam-boat, Great Britain, in our harbor. As a small testimony of our satisfaction at your arrival, and respect for you personally, we have the honor to invited you to a public dinner at the Welland House, this afternoon at four o'clock.

We take this occasion to express our conviction that the measures of our respective governments will soon be officially announced, to authorize your free entry and departure and that the time is not distant when we will see you arrive here from choice and not from necessity.

I have the honor to subscribe myself, in behalf of the Corporation, and Fellow Citizens -
Your Obedient Servant,
President of the Village of Oswego.
To Joseph Whitney, Esqr.
Master of the Steam-Boat G. Britain.


On board the British Steamboat, Great Britain, )
Oswego Harbor, 18th May, 1831 )
Sir -

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter, in behalf of the Corporation and Citizens of Oswego, inviting me to dinner this afternoon. I regret that it is not in my power to avail myself of the pleasure of dining with you, consistently with my other duties. The circumstances which induce me to call at this place, have unavoidably occasioned a delay which demands my speedy departure.

When the arrangements between our respective governments, to which you allude, shall have been consummated, it will certainly afford me such pleasure, as I believe it will be for the interest of the owner of the steam-boat under my command, to stop here regularly.

Be assured that I experience the most lively pleasure in acknowledging the obligations I feel under to you, the Corporation and the citizens of Oswego generally, for their kindness and hospitality.

Yours, most respectfully,
To E. Bronson, Esqr -
President of the Village of Oswego.

It always gives us pleasure to remark what promptitude and despatch our business men discharged the duties of their regular avocations; and also their laudable exertions to meet the exigencies of strangers, who have often expressed their admiration at the facility with which our citizens have supplied their wants. We therefore cheerfully insert the following card.

Steamer Great Britain,
Oswego Harbor, May 28, 1831
Mr. Carpenter -

I cannot leave this Port without tendering my most respectful acknowledgments for the polite manner in which I have been treated by my old friends and the inhabitants of the village generally. I feel grateful for the expressions of kindness and good feelings so liberally offered to me, and without wishing to make any distinction, I trust I shall be excused for acknowledging the obligation of the proprietors of the Boat, as well as my own, to Mr. McNair, to whose exertions I was indebted for a supply of wood, within the time allowed me by the Collector for remaining in Port.


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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., June 1, 1831