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IN the year 1814, 580 vessels entered the port of St. John's, carrying 71,384 tons, and manned by 4417 seamen, while 453 vessels cleared out, carrying 63,900 tons, and 3857 men. The principal imports were 6229 tons of bread and flour; 18,816 bls. of beef and pork; 13,902 cwts. of butter and cheese; 43,899 hhds. of salt; 58,539 lbs. refined sugar; 137,514 lbs. tea; 463,896 gallons of spirits: 242,175 gallons of molasses; 619 hhds. 200 tierces, and 1621, barrels of British plantation sugar; 102 tons from Great Britain, and 171 pipes, 183 hhds. and 265 quartercasks of wine from foreign Europe; 1380 cwt. soap and candles; 79,618 lbs. tobacco from Great Britain; 39,099 ells of sail-cloth; 42,690 ells
linen; 40,226 lbs. unwrought leather; 2876 casks of beer and cyder; 15,440 lbs gunpowder; 5722 bushels of oats; 27,886 bushels potatoes and turnips; 140 tons of timber; 1,415,750 shingles; and 2,003,090 feet of pine board and plank, &c. The chief exports were 29,893 quintals, 784 bundles of cod-fish to Great Britain, 157,476 quintals to the West Indies, 451,167 to foreign Europe, and 2070 to British America, making a total of 640,606 quintals, and 784 bundles; 3934 casks of salmon, 116 of herrings, 1548 of mackerel, and 2422 of tongues, sounds, and capelin; 86,749 sealskins, with a variety of other hides and skins; 60,506 lbs. to Great Britain, and 30 hogsheads and 118 barrels of British plantation sugar to British America; 3543 tons of oil and blubber; 15,148 staves and heads; and 381 puncheons, 18 hhds. and 6 barrels of British plantation rum, &c. The preceding sketch may give an idea of this valuable trade, which, from its intrinsic importance, as well
means of a navigable Canal, from Leith to Edinburgh, from thence, on one level, to the Monkland Canal, near Drumpellier, and from thence to Glasgow and the River Clyde, will be a measure of great public utility.
II. That the trade carried on in goods and merchandize by different channels, from the extremities of the above line, and the trade that will a rise from the carriage of Coals, for the supply of Edinburgh, the carriage of those Minerals with which the country abounds, and the conveyance of Passengers, afford the most favourable prospect of an ample return from the capital to be embarked in this undertaking.
III. That a Subscription be now opened for making and maintaining the said Canal, to be termed the Edinburgh and Glasgow Canal, by such progressive steps, or in such manner, as a General Meeting of Subscribers, or a Committee to be named by them, shall fix and determine, upon the following terms and conditions.
1st, That the Subscribers, or those for whom they act, shall not, in any event, be liable to pay any further sums than what are set opposite to their respective names.
expences, the said General Meeting, or Committee, are hereby authorized to incure; and,
2d, That when called upon by the said General Meeting or Committee, a sum, not exceeding Two Pounds Ten Shillings to each One Hundred Pounds of the sums subscribed, shall be paid, in such manner, and within such time, as they shall direct, to be applied towards the payment of all necessary expences and charges of Plans, Surveys, Estimates, and Reports, to be made by or under their orders, relating to the said intended Canal; and also of the expences and charges which may be incurred in an application to be made to Parliament for an Act to authorize the Subscribers to make and maintain the said intended Canal; and also to the payment of all other expences incident to the said undertaking. All which
3d, That, till an Act of Parliament be obtained for incorporating the Undertakers for making and maintaining the said intended Canal, the Subscribers, or those for whom they act, shall not be called upon for any further payments on account of the sums respectively subscribed by them.
IV. That if the sum requisite for the execution of the whole work shall not have been procured in time to obtain an Act next session of Parliament, authorizing the execution of the whole plan, then the Bill shall embrace the construction only of that part of the work from Edinburgh to the Monkland Canal, leaving it to the original Subscribers, either by an accumulation of profits, or by an extension of capital, to carry on the Canal to Leith, if they shall so incline: And declaring, that if this shall be accomplished in part by a new subscription, the original Subscribers shall have a preference; and the new Subscribers thereto shall become Members of the Company of Subscribers to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Canal; and the extension from Edinburgh to Leith be incorporated therewith, and become a part of the same, to all intents and purposes whatsoever.
V. That the Capital Stock of the Company shall be divided into Shares of £.50 each.
VI. That the necessary Surveys and Reports of the line of Canal, and the mode of executing the same, preparatory to making application to Parliament, shall be forthwith commenced, under the direction of Mr John Rennie, who is directed to employ for this purpose such Surveyors, experienced in the practical execution of Canals, as he shall deem proper.
VII. That, before commencing any Survey, respectful applications be made to the different Noblemen and
and Gentlemen, proprietors of lands on the line of the proposed Canal, solicit ing their permission to take the said Survey and that it be a particular instruction to the persons employed, to attend to the suggestion of all Proprietors, in regard to the carrying of the line thro' their respective grounds, as far as shall be consistent with the true interests of this undertaking.
VIII. That Samuel Anderson, Esq. Banker in Edinburgh, be appointed Depute Chairman.
IX. That the following Committee be appointed to forward the objects of this Meeting; with full powers to adopt such measures as they may deem proper for this purpose; and also with powers to add to their number, and to sub-commit in such manner as they shall think fit, viz.Sir John Marjoribanks, Bart. M. P.
Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh for
Estimate of Revenue to be expected from the Edinburgh and Glasgow Canal.
EDINBURGH has been computed to contain 20,000 families, and each family is supposed to consume 7 tons annually, making......Tons 144,000 Public works, as foundries, breweries, &c.........
LEITH, and its vicinity, on the same principle......
The price of coals, from either the Falkirk or New Monkland fields, will be at least 4s. per ton under the present selling price in Edinburgh, and 3s. 3d. in Leith, and the one-half of the above quantities may reasonably be expected to come by the new Canal, and to be taken equally from the Falkirk and New Monkland fields.
INTERMEDIATE COUNTRY, 45,000 tons-When it is considered that this Canal will pass through a populous country of 50 miles, having in its course also the towns of Kirkliston, Linlithgow, Falkirk, and Cumbernauld, with the extensive Limeworks of Easter Camps, Raw Camps, and Easter Calder, on the east end, and, to the westward of Falkirk, those of Castlecary, Cumbernauld, Drumkibbach, Pollockhall, Langlands, and Millcroft-all well situated for receiving coals, and for shipping of lime, the above quantity may be considered moderate; and no doubt need be entertained of its being realized in its fullest extent. The revenue from coal will therefore be as follows:
For Edinburgh. 82,000 Tons of Coals, viz.
41,000 from the Falkirk field, carried 27 miles on the Canal, at Id. per ton a mile, and Id. for wharfage, 2s. 4d. £.4783 6 8 41,000 from the New Monkland field, 44 miles, 3s. 9d........
7687 10 0
£12,470 16 8
For Leith. 25,000 Tons, viz.
12,500 from the Falkirk field, 30 miles, at
Total Revenue from Coal
For Intermediate Country. 45,000 Tons of Coal, viz.
22,500 from the Falkirk field, 20 miles, at
1s. 9d......... .........£.1968 15 0 22,500 from the Monkland field, 20 miles, at 1s. 9d.......
1968 15 0
£.1614 11 8
2500 0 0
4,114 11 8
3,937 10 0
.........£.20,522 18 4.
...20,522 18 4
Lime and Iron Stone.
30,000 of lime for manure and for building, on a line of
15,000 of iron-stone to be carried on an aver-
Produce of the Soil.
4,000 of the produce of the soil, such as straw,
on an average 25 miles, at the
CORN from the Continent, and the eastern parts of Scotland, This will not be thought over-rated, when it is considered that the duties on the Forth and Clyde Canal, for this article alone, during four years preceding 1814, averaged £.5600 per annum.
Goods at present carried from Edinburgh and
700 0 0
812 10 0
It has been pretty accurately ascertained, that the quantity of goods carried by land at present, amounts to 21,948 tons; from which it is proposed to strike off 4000 tons, consisting of bulky articles which will not stow in boats, but must still go by land, leaving to go by the Canal 17,948 tons, to which add 10,000 tons sent by the Forth and Clyde Canal to Edinburgh alone, the whole will be 27,948 tons; and say that the one-half of this arrives at and departs from Edinburgh, and the other half at Leith, the amount will be as follows:
13,974 of goods to or from Edinburgh to Glasgow, at 3d. per ton per mile, and 2d. for wharfage, 50 miles, 12s. 8d.......... ...........£.8850 4 0
3,137 10 0
433 6 8 4,000 0 0
18,399 2 0
...............................£.46,492 17 0