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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 18, 1842

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p.2 First Arrival this Season, of Goods from Sea, at the Port of Kingston - Messrs. Sanderson & Murray's propeller barge Ericson, arrived here yesterday morning, having on board a large quantity of goods from the Caledonia from Glasgow - being the first arrival here, from sea this season.

The Ericson leaves here this day, via the St. Lawrence, with the Governor General's servants and luggage

Welland Canal - Highly Gratifying News - New Stone Locks - We are informed on the authority of a letter, just received from Mr. Killaly, by the Engineer in charge of the new works on the Welland Canal, that, in consequence of advices received from England, by the steamer Caledonia, at the Government House, Kingston, of a full guarantee of abundant means from the home Government, preparations are to be made, for the immediate commencement of the enlarged stone locks, on this work - six of which, near the mountain ridge, a guard lock at the junction, and a ship lock, of 185 by 45 feet within the chambers, at Port Maitland, (Broad Creek,) will shortly be placed under contract, to be finished with all reasonable despatch.

[St. Catharines Journal]

For the Chronicle & Gazette.

Mr. Editor, Sir,

It gives me much pleasure to take a walk during my spare hours, in the vicinity of our good Town, to mark the progress of improvements; much requires to be done, no doubt, but "Rome was not built in a day."

During my peregrinations today, I visited Portsmouth, and really the appearance of things in that quarter surprised me much, considering that it is only a few years since I have seen it in a state of nature, the bush growing down to the water's edge. I counted no less than seventeen Schooners lying as snug as if they were moored in a mill pond, owing the fine breakwater and pier stretching out at the entrance of the harbour; two of the Schooners were unloading staves for McPherson & Crane, but most of them for Ballast and Lime Stone for the Toronto Lime kilns - on inquiry I found that the Marine Railway Company employs about sixty men, and the quarries and lime kilns, a large number, the Steam Saw Mill belonging to the Messrs. Fisher, is doing a large and greatly increasing business. It is really astonishing to see how rapidly the place has progressed within these five years, and how great the increase has been in the value of property, and I have no doubt it will continue increasing in proportion to its commercial prosperity, and the advantage of its vicinity to the Seat of Government. I was informed that the place is well supplied with provisions from the Isle of Tanti, and no obstacle prevents the progress of the place but the lack of house room, rents being as high as in Kingston, and not half the houses required, are to be had, but it is to be hoped that this defect will soon be remedied by building additional houses. I observed a number in course of erection. A petition has been laid before the District Council to have the Front road carried straight across the bay, instead of the awkward road which now winds round it. One of the proprietors informed me that it could be quarried down hill and carried across the Bay at a comparative trifling outlay, and it would, when completed, be of immense importance to the Harbour, and with the plank walk, now completed, would form an excellent promenade, for the Beauty and Fashion of Kingston. The road commands a view of the lake all the way from town, and many neat Villas are rising in every direction in the neighbourhood.

I may take the liberty of addressing a few observations on other places in the vicinity at some future period, meantime,

I am, Sir,

Yours very respectfully, Z.

Kingston, May 14th, 1842.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 18, 1842