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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1837

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p.2 The navigation is now open - the south westerly breeze of yesterday having cleared our harbour almost entirely of ice.

Yesterday morning, the Great Britain, Capt. Whitney, started for Prescott, and will leave that port on Tuesday evening on her regular trip upwards.

The William IV, Capt. Hilliard, returned yesterday forenoon from a very expeditious trip to the head of the lake, and proceeded downwards.

The steamer Kingston, Captain Lawless, will leave this port on Tuesday next for Prescott - and on the same day that well known veteran, the Sir James Kempt will start for the Bay of Quinte.

We learn that the Dolphin left Prescott on Wednesday on her first trip to the Long Sault.

p.3 Pursuant to Notice, a Meeting of the Stockholders of the Steam Boat KINGSTON took place at the Commercial Hotel this day at noon; Mr. John Counter having been voted to the Chair, and Mr. R.M. Rose appointed Secretary, the following Resolutions were put and adopted.

Proposed by Captain Gildersleeve, and seconded by Mr. A. Macnabb,

That William Clark Lawless be appointed Captain of the steam boat Kingston for this season; service to commence from the 1st March, according to the articles of agreement.

Proposed by Mr. A. Macnabb, and seconded by Mr. Charles Hales,

That that part of the articles of agreement naming three persons as a Committee of Management, be altered, and that seven be named.

Proposed by Mr. George Smith, and seconded by Mr. A. Macnabb,

That in the event of Mr. Douglas Prentiss resigning the Agency of the steam boat Kingston, Mr. Henry Gildersleeve be appointed his successor.

The Stockholders afterwards voted specially the following Gentlemen to act as a Committee of Management for this season, viz.:

Messrs. Geo. Smith, A. Macnabb, J. Counter, C. Hales, R.M. Rose, D. Prentiss, H. Gildersleeve.

The Chairman having left the Chair, Mr. Alexander Macnabb, seconded by Mr. Douglas Prentice, Proposed, That the thanks of this meeting are due to the Chairman, for his conduct in the Chair.

J. Counter, Chairman.

R.M. Rose, Secretary. Kingston, 13th April, 1837.

Notice - The Steam Boat Brockville will commence her regular Trips on Wednesday next, the 19th instant, will leave this place for the Bay of Quinte at 8 o'clock A.M. Freight payable on delivery, and no credit for passages. Kingston, 15th April, 1837

Masons and Labourers Wanted on the St. Lawrence Canal - Notice is hereby given, that any number of good Stone Masons and Laborers will find immediate work for the ensuing season, and good wages, on application at this office, or to

W.R.F. Berford, Agent St. Lawrence Canal.

St. L. Canal Office Cornwall, 6th April, 1837.

N.B. Mason work will commence about the 24th instant, or soon after, if the weather continues favorable, and the laborers' work about the 17th instant.

SCHOONER FOR SALE - Will be Sold, by Auction, on Monday the 1st of May next, unless previously disposed of by private sale, the schooner JANE, of Kingston, with Rigging and Gear complete, now lying at Maguire's Wharf. Terms liberal, or cheap for cash.

Kingston, 13th April, 1837. J. Linton, A. & B.

At a meeting of the Merchants, held at the Court House on Friday, 14th inst. for the purpose of taking into consideration the Tariff of freight for the approaching season, fixed by the several Forwarding Companies, - John Counter, Esq., was called to the Chair, and A. McNabb appointed Secretary.

Moved by Mr. R.M. Rose and seconded by Mr. Jos. Wilson,

1 - Resolved, That the proceedings of the Meeting of the Merchants of Brockville be now read.

Moved by Mr. C. Hales, and seconded by Mr. S. Forster.

2 - Resolved, That the proceedings of the Brockville Meeting, now read, do receive our cordial approbation, and that the thanks of the Merchants of this Province are due to the Gentlemen who composed that meeting for the prompt and spirited manner in which they have come forward to resist a monopoly.

Moved by Mr. Thos. Greer, and seconded by Mr. W. Ferguson,

3 - Resolved, That this meeting views with feelings of strong disapprobation the very late period at which the Forwarding Companies have made public their tariff of rates - thereby preventing the mercantile community in a great measure from taking those steps which are necessary to prevent a combination so injurious to their interests.

Moved by Mr. R. Jackson, and seconded by Mr. Thos. Greer,

4 - Resolved, That the conduct of the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company more particularly merits the censure of this meeting, as they were considered as a Company formed for the express purpose of opposing anything like monopoly.

Moved by Mr. Thomas Greer, and seconded by Mr. A. Foster,

5 - Resolved, That a copy of the proceedings of this meeting be forwarded to one or more of the merchants of the several towns in the Province, requesting their co-operation in the object of this meeting.

Moved by Mr. Thomas Wilson, and seconded by Mr. R.M. Rose.

6 - Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be printed in circular form, and a copy sent to the several Forwarding Companies, and recommend them to reconsider their unfavorable Tariff of Freights, and accept the offer of twenty-five per cent advance on the rates of last year.

The object of the above meeting being concluded, and Mr. Counter having left the Chair, Mr. Thos. Greer was requested thereto.

Moved by Mr. C. Hales, and seconded by Mr. J. Counter,

1 - Resolved, That this meeting deems it highly necessary, as a protection to the interests of Merchants in general, that a Board of Trade be formed for the Town of Kingston.

Moved by Mr. A. Foster, seconded by Mr. R.M. Rose,

2 - Resolved, That the following gentlemen be requested to act as a Committee for framing regulations relative to the discharge of cargoes, delivery of Goods, Rates of Commission, Storage, Wharfage, Cartage, etc., which regulations are to be submitted to a future meeting of the merchants of Kingston for their approval, and when measures will be taken to elect a Board of Trade - John Watkins, John Counter, Henry Gildersleeve, Douglas Prentiss, Joseph Bruce, Thomas Macnider, Chas. Hales, O. Mowat, B. Philliips, A. Truax, D.J. Smith, J. Strange, Thomas Greer, Alexander McNabb, John Mowat, George W. Yarker, Robert Jackson, Thomas Briggs Jr., John H. Greer, Richard Scobell, A. Foster.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1837