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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 20, 1847

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p.2 Want of Accommodation for Flour - A Gentleman of great experience in merchantile affairs has brought to our notice the great want of good and commodious Store-Houses in Kingston and Montreal, to contain the flour sent down from Canada West. He says, and indeed we know it from experience, that thousands of barrels of flour lie exposed for days at both places, much to the injury of the owners, and to the character of our Mills. We shall return to this subject next week. [Cobourg Star]

Mr. Editor;

In reply to the above paragraph, I beg merely to say that Kingston now contains good storage room for more than 60,000 barrels of flour - and as far as that place is concerned, I have not known during the last season any great want of storage room; besides, a great deal of the wheat that is transhipped at Kingston, is taken direct from the schooner into the barges and of course requiring no storage at that place.

Without presuming to question the word of the "Gentleman of great experience in merchantile affairs" or the correctness of the discerning eye of the Editor of the Cobourg Star, I would beg simply to ask these gentlemen if they are quite sure that the barrels they saw exposed for days at Kingston contained flour or whether it might not be possible that they were filled with salt - as much of that article is put in flour barrels in Montreal and sent to Kingston where it is often piled on the wharves, it being an article not likely to receive any material injury from being exposed to the weather for a few days.

I have during the last season's navigation delivered in Kingston some 10 or 12 thousand barrels and it is but justice to the forwarders to say that it was all safely stored, save that which was put into barges, and some of it which was sold in Kingston for the consumption of the place.


p.3 Effect of the Late Alterations in Navigation Laws of England on Canadian Trade [Montreal Herald commenting on article from Buffalo Commercial Advertiser]

Vessel for Sale on Lake Ontario - A vessel of about 190 Tons now on the Stocks and nearly ready for Launching; will draw about 4 feet 8, and 8 feet 6 when fully loaded. Sails, Rigging, etc., all complete; Price 15,000 pounds cash, or approved short credit. Being of extraordinary good construction, is particularly adapted for the Wheat trade. Apply by Letter (post paid) to

J.C. Box No. 106 Kingston P.O. or to A.Z. Box 39, Post Office, Toronto.

We understand that Messrs. Browne, of Hamilton, have purchased the steamer Transit, to be employed between Hamilton, Toronto, Oswego and Kingston, during the ensuing season. The Queen has been sold to some parties who are to place her on the Bay of Quinte next season. [Colonist]


The Undersigned having entered into Co-partnership for the purpose of carrying on the Forwarding Business between Kingston and Montreal (and vice -versa) via the Rideau Canal and River St. Lawrence will be prepared on the opening of the Navigation, with a NEW STOCK OF STEAMERS AND BARGES, capable of carrying 20,000 barrels of Flour per month, to send forward any property which may be consigned to them.

From their experience and knowledge of the Business, they trust to be able to give general satisfaction, and solicit a share of public patronage.

The Business will be carried on in Montreal at the Stores occupied last season by Hilliard and Walker, under the name and Firm of Smith & Glassford, and at Kingston under the name and Firm of Glassford & Smith.

James A. Glassford.

George Smith.

Kingston, 8th March, 1847.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 20, 1847