p.1 Home Affairs - Grievances - as stated by certain inhabitants of Ernest Town (part)
#4 - There is a grievance of an opposite character, the recent attempts to execute British Navigation Laws, which from the first settlement of the Province, have been considered as not in force in this Province, and therefore have not been executed here, until the Collector of Kingston lately undertook to put them in execution, by seizing a cargo of flour belonging to James Crooks, Esq., together with the vessel in which it was shipped at Burlington, with a clearance from the Collector there to the port at Kingston. Under the same laws one or two other seizures are said to have been made. Without presuming to decide the question of the applicability of these Navigation Acts to this Province, we will only remark, that if they are to be executed upon the principle of being now discovered to be applicable to our inland waters, after more than thirty years in execution, it would surely be reasonable to give His Majesty's subjects notice of the intended change, by a public Proclamation of it, before subjecting them to the forfeiture of their property, for shipping their goods on board vessels not supposed to be prohibited, having also been employed by Government in the transportation of Public Stores from one port to another in this Province. It would also be just that the same laws should be enforced alike against all, if against any, vessels, boats, and cargoes coming within their prohibition; whereas we are informed, and believe, that cargoes of great value have been, and are, suffered, without seizure or interruption, to be transported to and from the port of Kingston, on bottoms as fairly within the prohibition of those laws, if in force here at all, as that in which Mr. Crook's flour was transported.
#5 - The Collector of the same port has also required boats, etc., employed exclusively in the inland trade of the Province, and the transport trade between this and the Lower Province, to be entered at the Custom House, as being within the Provincial Statute on the subject, after sixteen years uniform practice upon that Act, as applicable only to boats, rafts and carriages arriving from the United States. [Upper Canada Gazette]
p.3 The Managers of the Steam Boat Frontenac, having established a line of Durham Boats from this place, propose forwarding from the different ports of the Lake, to that of Montreal. on the following terms, viz:
From York, Niagara, Queenston, and the Head of the Lake for each barrel of flour delivered at the port of Montreal, five shillings and six pence.
From Kingston to the port of Montreal for each barrel of flour four shillings and six pence.
From York, Niagara, Queenston and the Head of the Lake for each barrel of Potash delivered at the port of Montreal twelve shillings and six pence.
From Kingston to the port of Montreal, for each barrel of Potash ten shillings.
From York, Niagara, Queenston and the Head of the Lake, for each barrel of Pork delivered at the port of Montreal eight shillings and three pence.
From Kingston to the port of Montreal, for each barrel of Pork six shillings and nine pence.
Merchandise will be transported by the same means from La Chine to Kingston, at the rate of five shillings per cwt.
An elegant Passage Boat will also leave Kingston every tenth day for Montreal, which will be fitted up in the most commodious manner and prevent any delay to passengers leaving the upper part of the lake in the Steam Boat Frontenac, it having been built for the purpose of leaving this place immediately after her arrival.
These arrangements will take effect at the opening of the navigation and be continued during the season.
GEO. H. MARKLAND,
Sec'y S.B. Com'y.
Kingston, Feb 5th, 1819.