The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1846

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p.3 For the Argus.

Mr. Editor - When I last had the pleasure to address you on the subject of the Forwarding Monopoly, I had no idea that it would have aroused the ire of C.C. to such an overwhelming extent. Had there been no truth in my statements he would no doubt have passed them over with dignified and silent contempt.

With respect to my first assertion, that freights could be had by sleighing, 25 per cent cheaper than the Forwarders' rates last fall, and which, according to the statement of C.C., "amounts to nothing," - I can (if it would afford him any particular gratification or help to allay his nervous irritability) prove my assertion to be correct.

Regarding the "Foxy Pate" and "night-cap" to which he alludes, I know nothing; but would merely remark that his fancy may have carried him back to the United States, as such terms are never used by gentlemen on this side of 45.

With respect to remunerative prices, my letter was not intended to convey the idea that C.C. used any argument on that subject. - From his last letter I should infer, that argument and he were strangers to each other; my meaning for "remunerative prices" is 25 per cent below his at any rate.

His powers of enlightening seem to be somewhat limited, although want of confidence is the smallest of his failings. I never remember to have read of a dog that would give up a bone upon which good pickings still remained without at least showing his teeth.

With respect to the Propeller and the 500 pds., it is well known in this town by merchants and others that such was the case. Although I cannot question the "worldly wisdom" of "throwing a sprat to catch a salmon," yet in this case the honesty of the proposition may fairly be doubted. Every man of common sense (except C.C.) knows that when opposition (no matter in what business) is bought up for the purpose of enabling the buyer to exact exorbitant prices, that honesty is (to say the least of it) lost sight of in the transaction.

Respecting his remarks on Canal Tolls, on Sugars etc. coming through the United States, I will merely state, that my former assertion is strictly correct, as may be proved by different merchants here who have contracted for freights for 1846.

If C.C. extends his correspondence any further, I trust he will write with more original matter and fewer quotations, and no longer "hide his light under a bushel," but charitably impart some of his information, of which he seems so vain, to

Your ob't servant,


Kingston, 11th Feb., 1846.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1846