p.2 Letter from the Editor #8
Lake Ontario, June 11th, 1857
Mr. Whig, -
More last words - coming down the Lake from Hamilton, on board this fine steamer, and having a few idle hours, it may be as well to employ them in adding a few picked-up items together and make a really last letter.
Oh! the delights and comforts of a handsome and clean steamboat after the jigging, jolting, dirt, dust and turmoil of a Railroad Car. Here one may talk, walk about, eat, drink, sleep, laugh and play, and sing, and yet be travelling onwards at the rate of twelve miles an hour. My "Yellow Card" would have brought me home by rail, but I gladly at Hamilton stepped on board the first steamer I met with, even at the expense of a few hours additional delay. But such is modern taste and custom, that hundreds hurry by night and day per Railroad, fancying that life or death depends upon their reaching the end of their journey in the shortest possible space of time. I have passed over during this long journey nearly 1,700 miles of railroad, but I can't say that quick travelling has hurt my health, for I stopped over every night, and generally took half or a whole day to recover from the effects of fatigue! So men and women should travel, instead of apeing the lightning, and idly striving to annihilate time and space... - compares favorably with dirty railroads.
Launch - The Propeller Avon was launched in fine style from Counter's Ship Yard on Saturday afternoon. She belongs to Messrs. Hooker & Pridham, and is intended for the Chicago trade. The dimensions of the Avon are: Length of Keel 136 Feet; over all 142 feet; breadth of Beam 25 feet 9 inches; depth of Hold 11 feet. She is 350 tons burthen.
Marine Intelligence - schooner Theresa arrives from Chicago - gives details of trip.
Imports - 13; Exports - 13.
Sheriff's Sale - at suit of D.D. Calvin & Ira Breck, plaintiffs vs. Andrew Minaker, defendant - all interest of defendant in schooner known as Briton, now lying at Marine Railway Co's wharf.