The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1830

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p.2 For The Upper Canada Herald - Mr. Editor: - Adverse as I believe most people are to be engaged in newspaper controversy, I do not think that any person can view it less favourably than I do. And had Captain Gilderslieve, when he attempted to prove his desire to accommodate the public, and the moderation that governed his conduct as to the routes of the Bay Steam Boats, refrained from accusing me of a breach of agreement, he might continue long enough unmolested by me in his endeavours to win back the good graces of that public, which he conceived was mistaken and misled as to the purity of his motives. - I am happy to find that in his second communication he does not attempt to maintain the assertion so unwarrantably made in the first, and that it turns out as I anticipated, that he must have run away with some erroneous impression. In his statement he says that he consented to it, altho' he did not consider it so good an arrangement for the public, as the one of last season, and that he shortly after saw me and that I wished to make another change. This part of his statement, to which alone I attributed any importance, I declared not to be true, and we have now the Captain's explanation. He says - "Now the fact was that I made no objection to any of the routes proposed by Mr. McDonell except that which it seems he determined to adopt." Captain Gilderslieve, when several routes were mentioned and put on a slip of paper, continued silent. I could get him to express no opinion one way or the other, and in this respect he certainly "made no objection" but most decidedly he did not consent. He appears not to recollect my telling him distinctly that I had not decided on the route, and that when I should do so, I would inform him. Again, in reference to the route he says, "If it was not actually determined upon, I had good reason at all events to suppose it to be, from the circumstance of its being proposed not only to me as Master of the Boat, but also to Mr. Smith as its Treasurer." I have no recollection of ever shewing to Mr. Smith any other route than the one which has given the Captain so much umbrage, but if I had, where is the consent of the other contradicting? party, which alone could give it validity either morally or otherwise? I have heard of silence in some cases being construed into consent, but I have yet to learn that the wary taciturnity of Captain Gilderslieve on this occasion, must be so reckoned. He enquires why, what was a good arrangement for others as to the route of the Toronto last year, would not have been so for me this. Capt. Gilderslieve knows right well that the route adopted reluctantly last year was not a good arrangement for the proprietors of the Toronto. Perhaps he will recollect that when the Charlotte ceased to run and while he was building the Sir James (certainly in no great hurry to accommodate the public) the Toronto was for many months the only steam boat on the Bay - that she run on the days the Charlotte formerly did, and that the Sir James last year without any ceremony interfered with her and took the very same route. Capt. G. doubtless imagined that the Sir James was the only lawful successor of the old Charlotte, and that no interregnum, however long, should interfere with a right which he of course looked upon as hereditary....

Archibald McDonell

(end of P.A.C. microfilm B-2510)

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1830