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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 6, 1839

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p.3 Opening of Canals - We find the following in the Oswego Herald:

Welland Canal Open - By the politeness of a friend we are enabled to lay before our readers the following authentic information, of the opening of the Welland canal.

House of Assembly,

Toronto, March 22nd, 1839.

Gentlemen - I received your letter of the 12th inst. only yesterday, and in reply to your enquiries respecting the Welland Canal, I am happy to be able to inform you that we feel quite confident of having it open for navigation by the first of April next. I was there last week and found everything in such a state as to confirm me in the opinion, if the weather continues mild.

I trust you and your friends will not be deterred by any idle rumors, from transporting their property by this route to and from the west. As I can assure you the same facilities and attention will be afforded as during former years, and that nothing but a national war between our country and yours (the probability of which you can judge of as accurate as myself,) will prevent the free use of our canal to all who resort to it for the ordinary purposes of trade.

Yours very truly,

W.B. Robinson, Superintendent, W.C.

Messrs. Bronson & Crocker, Oswego.

The St. George Steamer, Captain Moodie, arrived in this Port from Toronto yesterday afternoon. She glided along our wharves without suffering any material obstruction from the fragments of decayed ice which still linger in the harbour. This fine vessel is newly painted, and presents a handsome appearance.

The St. Lawrence - This splendid new Steamboat is now rapidly completing. Her engines will soon be on board, and with a model that shows so little to impede her way thro' the water, and two capital engines we think there can be no doubt of her speed.

Her cabins and State Rooms will be large and pleasant, and her very great length, (190 feet on deck,) will give every accommodation to passengers, officers and crew. We wish her every possible success. [Oswego Patriot, March 30th]

The Steamboat Oneida, Capt. Child, will commence her regular trips for the season on Thursday next. The river is nearly free from ice and present appearances indicate that the season will open with uncommon activity. [Ogdensburgh Republican, April 2nd]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 6, 1839