p.1 Public Meeting at River Trent - to push for improvements to navigation. (full column)
p.2 Navigation of the Trent - editorial on above article.
p.3 The Weather - ...Our harbour and the Lake still remain open, and several American vessels, laden with cargoes, have arrived yesterday and this morning....
Merrickville, 6th Dec., 1833
At a meeting convened this day, for the purpose of taking into consideration the building of a Steam Boat in the village of Merrickville, Wm. Merrick, Esq. was called to the Chair, and Thomas Buck, Esq. appointed Secretary. The following resolutions were proposed and adopted:-
1st - That for the better accommodation of the travelling community, and merchants doing business by the line of the Rideau Canal, we deem it highly necessary a boat should be built, and that we approve of going to the expense of £3000 in order to accomplish our object.
2nd - That the said sum of £3000 shall be divided into 240 shares of £12 10s. each.
3rd - That any person subscribing the amount of £12 10s. shall be a stockholder, and entitled to a vote in all transactions relative to building and managing the boat, and that any person shall be entitled to an additional vote for every additional share he may take.
4th - That a committee of seven persons shall be appointed, whose duty it shall be to carry into effect the building and completing the said boat; any five of whom shall form a quorum, whose business it shall be to enter into all contracts, either for materials or workmanship, with power to call in the dividends of stock subscribed, with all other matters and things which may arise from the nature of their appointment.
5th - That no more than one fourth of the stock shall be called in at one time, and after paying any one of the dividends at least three months shall elapse before another shall be called for.
6th - That as soon as two thirds of the amount is subscribed, a general meeting of the stockholders shall be called, who shall elect a building committee and a proper person to act as Treasurer and Secretary.
7th - That the following gentlemen be a committee to obtain stock to the said boat:
Hiram Holden, Merrickville.
John Burrows, Horace Wells, James Johnson and John Barrielle, Bytown.
Wm. P. Loucks and James Shaw, Smith's Falls.
Lothrop & Arnold, Brockville.
Truman Hurd, Esq., Kemptville.
Robert Drummond, Esq., Kingston.
John McDonald, Esq., Gananoque.
Henry Burritt, Esq., Oxford.
E. Cashion, Esq., Montreal.
Dr. F. Schfield, Beverly.
Alexander McCrea, Wolford.
Samuel Bellamy, Bellamy's Mills, Augusta.
Thos. Buck, Sec'y.