The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 30, 1842

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St. Lawrence Canal - The government has issued orders for the construction of the Beauharnois Canal, and the south side of the St. Lawrence has been pitched upon as the proper line to be followed in the construction of this useful work. The Herald of this city is very angry indeed, because the choice has not fallen upon the north side, where several influential gentlemen, seigneurs and others were very anxious that it should be located. The Herald is angry without a cause that is without reasonable or public cause. The south side is by far the more eligible of the two routes, being principally, if not although, a level and easily excavated country, upon which the expense will be scarcely more than a fourth of that which would have been involved had the rocks and hills of the northern side been chosen as the route of the canal. The primary object of the work will be as well served by the southern as it would have been by the southern route, and the general value of the canal will be infinitely greater. Of this there cannot be a reasonable doubt, when the nature and habits of the country and the population are taken into consideration. Indeed, we have heard that already plank roads are talked of, and are likely to be made, to intersect the canal at various points, and to facilitate the intercourse of the country people with this city, and with one another. A general disposition of the work by every means, and to make use of it to improve the section of country through which it passes, as well as to carry on the trade for which it is principally designed. - Mon. Mess.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 30, 1842