p.2 Welland Canal - We understand that a private letter, lately received in this town, from London, communicates the agreeable intelligence, on good authority, that the Royal Assent has been given to the bill passed by the Upper Canada Legislature, authorizing Government to purchase out all the private stock in the Welland Canal Company - thereby converting it wholly into a public work. Until this decision is officially announced, we presume no steps will be taken, to commence any permanent construction, or extensive improvements, on the canal. Probably the first move that is made in the matter, will originate at the ensuing session of our Provincial Parliament - when, we confidently anticipate, something of essential utility and importance will be done. Indeed, this is the utmost limit of delay that the present state, and future prosperity of the work, will admit of. The Canal throughout, and particularly between this place and Thorold, is now completely thronged with vessels, boats, scows, and rafts, passing and repassing incessantly, and not unfrequently causing delay to some, in consequence of the crowd of water craft, all eager to pursue their way, as speedily as possible.
[St. Catherines Journal, May 27th]