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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1850

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To the Editor of the British Whig.

Dear Sir, -

I perceive by your Montreal Letter No. 1 that you entertain the same opinion as many others who were present on the occasion, in reference to the unfair manner in which our friend Medley was dealt with at the late Montreal Regatta. Many gentlemen of standing in that city have expressed themselves to the same effect, offering to back Medley to any amount; and the amost general opinion in Montreal is, that he was most unfairly and ungenerously dealt with. Indeed, many bets that were won, from parties who were in favor of Medley, were, to my certain knowledge, generously handed back, so firm was the belief that he was properly entitled to the prize, and that the decision of the judges was unwarantable. Admitting, for the sake of argument, that Medley lost the race, by taking a wrong course, I would ask, what right the man had to it, who was beaten at least two hundred and fifty yards? The only answer that could properly be given to such a question is, that it was thought necessary to keep the Cup in Montreal - and which decision was probably influenced by persons who had bet heavily on the Frenchmen. The Montreal papers all admit that Medley was entitled to the Cup; and Medley himself asserts that he pulled as directed. The Transcript says that "Medley maintained his reputation, for notwithstanding his having been attacked with cramp during the race, he came in first." Medley suffered from cramp in the legs for some time previous to, as well as during the race; but as he was determined to win it, he displayed his usual "pluck" and done the thing handsomely. By turning as he did against the current, he lost at least fifteen or twenty yards. The Montreal papers speak of a purse having been presented to Medley, at the conclusion of the race. Now, this "purse" is all a farce, got up probably with the intention of covering the impropriety of giving the Cup to the man who didn't win it, and consists of some eight or nine dollars, or thereabouts. A most munificent donation! During the two days succeeding that of the Regatta, Medley was repeatedly asked if he had not received a purse of a hundred dollars. This impression had got abroad, and most probably still exists in the city; and as the story is rather a plausible one, and a wrong one, it is but right that it should be contradicted. The Montreals must not gain credence for munificence at the expense of our Champion; although it must be confessed that Medley was well treated during his stay in the city, and added new laurels to his reputation by being jockied out of the Cup. Many friends of good standing were added to the list of his "admirers" in consequence of the manner in which he was treated in the matter of the Cup. He is now a prodigious favorite in Montreal, and well known too. As a proof of this, I would merely state that on visiting the towers of the Catholic Cathedral, a gentleman, stepping aside to let him pass, accosted him with "Come along Sampson!" The following challenge was published in the Transcript on Saturday morning:


edley will pull any man in Montreal, for a run, for any sum between £25 and £50. A fortnights' notice being given, two competent judges will be chosen, and an umpire to decide, if necessary.


Residing in Kingston, C.W.

If the Montrealers have any regard for their nautical reputation, they will take up this bold challenge; if they are afraid of, or do not wish to do justice to, "Sampson," they will remain dumb. But, for heaven's sake, let them cease blabbing about the nine dollar purse.

Kingston, Oct. 22nd, 1850.

Kingston Imports.

Oct. 21st - Str. Ontario, Sacket's Harbor, gen. cargo.

Oct. 22nd - Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Scow James Morton, Oswego, in ballast.

Barge Brock, Montreal, 500 bars railroad iron, H. & S. Jones.

Barge Cadmus, Montreal, 350 bars railroad iron, H. & S. Jones.


Oct. 22nd - Oct. 22nd - Str. Cataract, Sacket's Harbor, gen. cargo.

Inquest - a traveller drowned from propeller Hibernia at Beauharnois, where it had gone aground. [Globe]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1850