Letter from Phoenix.
Editor of Palladium:
Business has opened encouragingly in our village this spring. Phoenix is growing, and is bound to grow. We claim to have some of the most thorough-going and public spirited men in the county, and can maintain it. You are, no doubt, aware that we build boats here. During the past winter we have done something in this line. Here is a portion of what we have show for it:
Mr. E. Vickery launched two new boats from his yard to-day. They are first-class "scows," and will be seen at Oswego as soon as the canals open.
Mr. Jacob Ott launched a new boat today from his yard, and it is a beauty. Mr. Ott is doing first-class work, and has plenty of to do.
Messrs. Huntley & McKay are now building, at the yard of Merry & Breed, a large and handsome barge to be used for excursion parties on the lakes and canals. It will contain two fine cabins, one forward for ladies, and one aft for gentlemen. There will be two large dancing decks, and all conveniences for the the accommodation of large parties. A handsome tug to tow the barge is being built in Buffalo. It will run principally between Syracuse and Phoenix Grove. The latter beautiful place will be fitted up for the purposes of picnics, excursions, &c.
Mr. Joseph Gilbert has an A 1 laker at his yard ready for the water, and it will be launched in a few days. Mr. Gilbert is doing first-clss work.
Messrs. Harwick & Breed have two first-class new boats ready for the water at their yard.
Messrs. Betts & Pierce have built one first class boat, and rebuilt two others at their yard, since the 1st of January last. They are doing a very large Dry Dock business, and are real live boat builders.
There are sixty boats, here waiting to go to Oswego on Monday next.
The steamer Lewis Lawrence will commence her daily trips between Syracuse and this place on Monday next. Captain McKay is in command. He expects to do a large passenger and freight business. He deserves it. Captain McKay is in a gentleman, and knows how to run a steamboat.