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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Tues. May 25, 1847

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Oswego Its Business Prospects

We visited the village of Oswego last week, and must confess that were taken by surprise, in witnessing the numerous evidences which at every step were presented to view, of the rapid increase of business in that beautiful village, located on the borders of the Oswego River and Lake Ontario.

The commerce of the place has more than doubled within the last five years, and greater facilities in the shape of store houses and vessels are now required to do the business. Every thing in the shape of vessels are fully employed upon the Lakes, and freights are high. The quantity of wheat and corn arriving from the upper Lakes to Oswego, is very large, and the amount of merchandize going west is also large. We were surprised to find so large a quantity of foreign goods going into Canada, on which a drawback of duty is allowed by our government. Between three and four hundred tons of merchandise was shipped the day we were there for Toronto and Hamilton, and we were informed that this amount was not much more than the daily average.

The number of buildings and mills going up is very large, and everything indicates a rapid and steady growth.

We strolled into the ship yard, and found a great number of vessels in the progress of construction. Oswego now needs her Railroad to this place and we are gratified to learn that the Engineers are busily engaged in surveying the route. We understand that it is the intention of the Directors to locate an put it under contract between this time and the first of September.. That the investment will be profitable no one can doubt, who is acquainted with the business there will be to do upon it when completed.

The present mode of travel between this place and that is by packet boats, which are well conducted by gentlemanly and obliging commanders.-The boats possess all the modern improvements in construction, and are well furnished and managed throughout, and the trip is a pleasant one, but the amount of travel will be much increased when the railroad is completed. They also have five public houses at Oswego, and no one should require any more comfortable fare than our old friend Capt. William Steward, furnishes to the guests of the Welland House, on the west side of the River, near the steamboat landing.

The Flour Mills at Oswego run out between five and six thousand barrels daily. This alone makes a heavy business. The wheat is brought from the west and the flour shipped east. From eight to ten canal boats are required daily to carry off this one item of manufacture in Oswego. The enlargement of the Welland canal has brought into use at Oswego, an enlarged class of steam propellers, which afford excellent facilities for passengers and families moving west, as well as for freight. There are now two lines, which leave Oswego twice a week, for the different ports on the upper lakes, and which can accommodate families emigrating west, in a very comfortable and cheap manner. Messrs Doolittle and Mollison have enlarged their Propellers, and they now possess all the convenience for passengers that can be found on the large steamboats. One of this line leaves every Wednesday

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Tues. May 25, 1847