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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Feb. 17, 1816

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p.2 a further letter by A True Briton - mentions that Molson applied for the same privilege in the lower province and was denied. "... Here, Sir, a number of gentlemen have joined in an adventure with a capital for the purpose of building a Steam-boat, 150 feet in length, 30 feet across the beam, and 12 feet in the hold. This Capital is divided into 100 shares, each valued at £100 making the whole amount £10,000. - Timber sufficient to build a 74 gun ship is got out of the woods, the keel is laid, and a great number of men, chiefly all, I believe, Americans, under the superintendence of an American, are employed in building. Now, if several gentlemen and myself had also raised a capital sufficient for building a steam boat, had got timber out and employed men to work at it, would it not be a singular piece of injustice, if after we had been at all that expense, to be obliged to discharge the men, and to desist from building, merely because some of our neighbors through jealousy had petitioned Parliament to grant them alone the privilege of navigating the waters to the exclusion of all other steam boats?" (2 1/2 columns)

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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Feb. 17, 1816