p.2 As a substantial symptom of the commencement of the spring business at this port, we may mention that Messrs. William Dickenson & Co. have received at their extensive establishment, Portsmouth Dock, withn the last few days, from the upper part of the Lake, three schooners laden with staves, three with timber, and four with flour and provisions. Several other schooners are daily expected at the same Dock.
The new steamer Henry Gildersleeve made a short trip on Monday last to Sir John's Island, for wood. In regard to speed she exceeds the most sanguine expectations of every one. It is supposed she will run 14 miles an hour easily. This beautiful vessel, we learn, is to be placed on the route between this place and Oswego, and to be under the command of our excellent friend, Captain William Bowen.
The Engine of the Henry Gildersleeve was built by Ward & Co., of Montreal, and reflects much credit upon them, as well as upon Mr. Irwin, the Engineer, who put up the machinery. Altogether this boat affords one of the finest specimens of ship building to be found on these waters.