The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), July 23, 1840

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Welland Canal Locks - The sum of £15,000 having been obtained, as our readers have already been informed, for the purpose of commencing the permanent works on the Welland Canal, this season, the publick, and especially that portion more immediately concerned, will be much gratified to learn, by the notice under the above head, in another column of this paper, that the Board of Directors have most judiciously decided on expending that amount in procuring and delivering materials for re-building eight of the locks, commencing at No. 4, adjoining the stone mill, and proceeding upwards to No. 11 - the work to be commenced immediately after the contracts are taken, and completed as to the delivery of materials, by the 1st November next. Payments will be made monthly; and one month's notice is to be given to Contractors, before they are required to commence laying up the work. By this proceeding, the publick have a pretty sure guarantee , that the permanent improvement of the Welland Canal, throughout, is on the eve of being set about in good earnest - as nothing could be more unwise, and even preposterous, than for the Directors to expend such a large sum of money, in such a manner, without the strongest confidence of being able to procure the necessary means to carry out their design.

We had partly prepared a continuation of our remarks on the subject of vigorously prosecuting these improvements, on the most extended scale; the great advantages that would accrue to the province thereby, and particularly with which it could be effected without the slightest encroachment upon the publick revenues of the country, or the pockets of the people, with some incidental allusions to the policy of our neighbours of New York, in regard to their schemes in securing a liberal portion of the trade of the great West, notwithstanding the gigantick efforts of their rivals in other states, to wrest it from them - but both time and room is growing short, and we find ourselves obliged to close for the present. Next week we intend to resume the subject again, and having been favoured with some assistance, in the way of estimates and calculations from experienced hands, we hope to be able to produce an interesting article, and one that will meet the ready acquiescence of the more candid and thinking portion of the community.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), July 23, 1840