Rev. Mr. Macdonagh - It is with sincere satisfaction that we insert the following letter. The Rev. Mr. Macdonagh has unquestionably done more to throw oil on the turbulent waters of the Welland Canal, then is, perhaps, generally known; the heretofore turbulent spirits who labored at the works have been quieted, and the government has practically marked its sense of the part the Rev. gentleman has played, to effect this philanthropic object. - Tor. Mir.
St.Catharines, May 3, 1843
Sir - I beg you will be so kind as to give a place in your valuable journal, to the following account of a splendid launch, at St.Catharines.
On Monday last, the 1st inst., to the extreme delight of many of the inhabitants of this town, the morning was ushered in with a brilliant display of flags floating in the ship yard of our patriotic and, high spirited townsman, Mr. Lewis Shickaluna, and a considerable distance along the canal. Among the brilliant display was conspicuously observed, the splendid flag presented to him by the inhabitants, as a mark of high esteem he is borne amongst them. At 1 o'clock the Rev. Mr. McDonagh being requested to perform the ceremony generally observed on such occasions, the signal was given, when the splendid schooner glided with magestic grandeur to her future element, the Rev. gentleman throwing, according to custom, a bottle of wine, and baptising her "the Highlander". This was responded to with three cheers: three cheers for the Queen, and three for O'Connell. An entertainment on board followed, which well displayed the accustomed hospitality of Mr. S..
I cannot conclude without expressing my admiration of the conduct of the Rev. Mr. McDonagh on this, as well as other occasions, since his arrival among us. He has done incalcuable benefit in assuaging the angry feelings of rival parties, and infusing through all classes that Christian charity and mutual forbearance which his eloquence and demeanour are so well calculated to extend. I am, Sir, yours,