The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 22, 1845

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p.2 Amidst the various public improvements which the rapidly growing prosperity of Canada has rendered necessary - many of which are already accomplished - and many others of which are hastening to completion - there is one scarcely occupying a second rate place in importance to the general interests of the Country, which is very little understood and which has scarcely been alluded to, viz. - the Enlargement of the Grenville Canal. This Canal, which is nearly opposite to L'Orignal on the Ottawa, and was constructed to avoid the rapids just below the site of that place, was built by Government at a time when Batteaux only passed up the Ottawa - and the locks were unfortunately made upon a scale only adapted for vessels of that size; whereas, if they had been made of the same dimensions with those of the Rideau Canal, vessels of the same capacity which navigate the Rideau could also have navigated the Ottawa River to Montreal. The attention of the Government we believe has been called to this important improvement, and all that is required is, that a proper representation of its vast advantages should be made by the persons interested, in the usual way, to ensure its completion. No question can be raised as to its elegibility - and it has, we understand, the unqualified approbation of the highest Military authorities. The mercantile interests of the Country would be greatly benefitted, and that of the Ottawa country and Kingston peculiarly so. We would suggest that a memorial be presented to His Excellency the Governor General, respectably signed, detailing the advantages, and praying that he would be pleased to give his support to the project, in such a way as in his wisdom he may think fit. It is a work that will pay for itself; and if properly explained, debentures for the amount required, would be readily taken up in the market; and the interest paid out of the tolls and water powers created. The probable expenditure may be 50,000 Pounds. [Kingston Chronicle]

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 22, 1845