Mr. Editor, Kingston Sept., 1829.
Having occasion to cross the Lake a few days ago, from stress of weather, we were constrained to seek shelter in South Bay, near the False Ducks, where the excellent Light-house lately erected by our beneficent Government, served an efficient purpose in directing our course to good anchorage. There were there, at that time, three American schooners, two of which were laden with Red Cedar Timber, and bound for Genessee River. On enquiry, I found that those vessels, and others from that side, had been accustomed, at different seasons of the year, to resort to the said place to cut and carry away quantities of that valuable timber, for ship building, and other purposes, and that the Captains & Owners could shew no manner of license for this unwarrantable trespassing on our frontier.
The value of this timber for ship building admit of no question, as it is entirely exempt from the dry rot which renders our vessels framed of oak entirely unserviceable after 10 or 12 years use, and therefore must be of vital importance to the commercial interests of the country and I should think, deserves the attention of Government, in securing to ourselves the sole use of the forests of that timber extending along shore from the Duck Islands to near Presque Isle. Such a daring violation of our late Treaty and the common law of equity, calls loudly for the interference of those officers under whose immediate direction those affairs are placed.