(from Ontario Archives microfilm available at Queen's University - Stauffer Library.)
p.3 The Niagara Gleaner of the 12th instant gives a "Report of the President and Directors of the Welland Canal Company," which is very favorable to the progress of that important undertaking. Contracts were entered into on the 15th of November last, "for the completion of the Canal from the River Welland to New Holland, (being three miles, two of which has to be excavated,) and which was commended on the 30th of that month." Our limits will only allow us to make the following extracts: -
"When the Tunnel was first contemplated, it was supposed two years would be occupied in the execution; experiment has now satisfied us that it may be completed the present season. Mr. Hovey, the Contractor is making extensive preparations to that effect, and from his plan submitted to us for the prosecution of this work, we are convinced it will be navigable by the 1st of November next."
"We have great satisfaction in being enabled to assure the Stockholders, that this Canal, which was supposed a work of so great magnitude, has been found simple and easy, the greatest difficulty (its commencement) being overcome, and that it is progressing under the most favorable circumstances, and were a moderate share of public patronage given to the undertaking, we should anticipate the completion of the whole Line, from Grand River to Lake Ontario, the present year."