LENNOX AND ADDINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

LIFE IN BATH, UPPER CANADA, 1819-1831

Taken from the Kingston Chronicle by Megan Baxter.


Kingston Chronicle, January 19, 1819: The Pauper Problem

The Kingston Compassionate Society, Meeting in Kingston, January 15, 1819
President, Rev. George O. Stuart

Recorded motion - That it appears necessary to this Society that some means more efficient than those which already exist should be adopted to provide for the destitute poor of this District; and therefore that the Magistrate of the district be invited to meet at Bath on the second Saturday of February next, to taken into consideration the adoption of measures for the attainment of that desirable object.
Christopher A. Hagerman, Secretary

The Magistrate and the Inhabitants of the Midland District are requested to meet at Bath, in the Township of Ernest Town on the second Saturday in February next, at 12 o'clock for the purpose of adopting some plan for affording relief to the Poor of the District. Submitted Kingston, January 15, 1819.

Alexr Fisher
Thomas Markland
Peter Smith

Minutes of the Meeting of The Kingston Compassionate Society held 13 February, 1819, at Bath:
T. Markland Esq. in the chair

Present:
M. Clark Esq.
W. Crawford Esq.
J. Church Esq.
and Rev. R. G. Curtois

Magistrates present:
W. Mitchell Esq.
B. Fairfield Esq.
J. Kirby Esq.
R. Williams Esq.

Address to the Magistrates: "The chief and leading causes of pauperism are prodigality, intemperance. The only measure is the diminishing as much as possible the number of unnecessary petty ale houses". ... "You have the benefit of the elaborate investigations, which have been made into the subject by the British House of Commons".

"What shall we say of the Taverns (as they are called) in this County where not only ale, but ardent spirits of the most pernicious kind, constitute the chief article of consumption. And where with respect to numbers, compared to the population, they exceed those of any European Nation whatever? Here your interference is loudly called for, and no consideration, arising from the diminution, which the revenue may experience, ought to restrain the Magistrate from refusing a License, wherever the granting one might be injurious to the community."

( House of Commons) Committee -" In order to excite a spirit of religion amongst the lower orders, the establishment of schools was strongly recommended."

Up to this period the poor of the District have received relief, from part of those funds, which are raised by a tax upon your rateable property - these funds have been found inadequate to the demands made upon them. It is no longer possible to continue the system hitherto pursued in making the necessary provision without having the sanction of the Legislature, for imposing an additional tax.

... keep in remembrance, that mischiefs of every kind, have been produced in England, by the operation of Poor Laws, and therefore you cannot be too careful in avoiding the duplication of any system which may have the least approximation to that, which has been found so extremely pernicious.

Recommendations:

...establish a Society to be denominated the " Society for bettering the condition of the Poor of the Midland District".

Objects of the new Society: (1) " to prevent the increase of pauperism".
(2) "to furnish relief and assistance to the indigent, destitute and sick". The sick poor will have superior claims for assistance.

Funding - from voluntary contributions. Each member to subscribe "one farthing" in the pound of the value of his rateable property, or than 5 shillings in Halifax currency, whichever is more.

Location: the Committee will meet in Kingston. There will be Sub-committees which meet in the townships.

Actions:
- to attempt the introduction of Savings Banks - a committee of three are to be appointed to investigate how this might be done.
- to establish an Infirmary or Hospital for the general use of this District in Kingston. Townships subscribing not less than 20 be privileged to send patients from their own township, said township being held responsible for Hospital Charges.
- to discontinue the present practice of furnishing relief to sufferers from fire or other accidents; except the amount of their losses (the amount to be sworn before a Magistrate in the neighbourhood where said losses were sustained)

- committee of 3 appointed to receive communications on the subject.
T. Markland, W. Mitchell, J. Macaulay

Motions, to form the following committees:
Committee to establish hospital & collect subscriptions-
Committee to investigate establishing a Savings Bank - John Kirby, B. Whitney, S. Bartlet
Committee [on relief] Rev G O Stuart, T. Markland, Allan MacLean & 3 others.

Kingston Chronicle, August 6, 1819: Dean's General Store

John Dean - has just received and now offers for sale, at the new store, next door to Mr. A.P. Forward's Hotel, in the village of Bath, a general assortment of Dry Goods, Groceries, Crockery and Hardware, Unusually low for Cash, or most kinds of Country Produce. In some instances where punctuality may be relied upon, a very short credit may be given, and in such cases only.
Bath Aug 2, 1819

Kingston Chronicle, November 5, 1819: Loss of Clergyman

Rev. Rowland Grove, Chaplain to the Forces etc. Letter from the Magistrates and Gentry Resident at Bath, in the Township of Ernest Town states:
- we regret that you are about to leave for England
- we remember the time when the church at this place was destitute of a Minister of the Gospel, and we remember the alacrity with which you, in conjunction with Rev. Mr. Nelson, came forward and supplied the want.

Signed Benjamin Fairfield Justice of the Peace, Robert Williams Justice of the Peace, Sheldin Hawley, Collin McKenzie, James Ranken, Daniel Hagerman, George Ham, John Clark, Daniel Furley, Richard Warffe, George Baker, Isaac Fraser MP, Calvin Wheeler, Peter Davy, M. S. Bidwell, James Connor, Isaac Jaquith, Abel P Forward, Peter Ham, John Dean, John Johnston

Kingston Chronicle, December 3, 1819: Resentment over Import Duties Boils over at Bath

A most daring attempt at robbery took place last week at Bath -- Mr. Ranken, the officer of the Customs at the Port [of Bath], had received intelligence that a noted smuggler was about to introduce a quantity of American Goods into Ernest Town without paying the duties, and in consequence Mr. Ranken effected a seizure of several kegs of Tobacco, some cases of Stationary etc. The smuggler, enraged at his loss, formed the desperate plan with a number of others, to break into Mr. Ranken's house in the night to secure him and carry him off to the United States with all the property he had seized. The attempt to accomplish this was deliberately made last Friday morning before day break. The party (some of them from Fredericksburg) assembled at a tavern in the village, where they blackened their faces, and made the preparations for the attack. They then divided into two parties, one of which proceeded to the front door of Mr. Ranken's house, while the other went round to the kitchen door in the rear. The doors on each side were at once assailed, and that in the rear soon gave way to the axes and hammers of the assailants. Mr. Ranken in the meantime stood coolly prepared to meet this host of desperados. Only one, however, had the audacity to enter the house and he had no sooner crossed the threshold than a flash in the pan from Mr. Ranken's pistol caused him precipitately to retreat, and his associates to follow him. Mr. Ranken afterwards fired at the villains as they were retreating, fortunately alarming some of his neighbours, who succeeded in apprehending one of the gang.

This man, whose name is Sharp, has since been committed to prison, and has made disclosures which we regret to learn implicate some persons who formerly bore respectable characters. - there was also another fellow apprehended who succeeded in getting away from the constables after he was in custody, and has not since been heard of. The rest who have escaped are supposed to have fled to the United States and several of them are said to have left families in distress. ------ it is feared that some of them, from a spurt of revenge may return and surprise Mr. Ranken when he suspects no danger. We have no doubt, ---- upon a proper representation of the matter, a detachment of the military will be stationed at Bath, as well to protect the officer of the Customs in the discharge of his duty, as to secure the smuggled goods when seized.

Kingston Chronicle, January 14, 1820: Bath Selected as a Meeting Place

The annual meeting of Midland District Auxiliary Bible Society, will take place in the Episcopal Church at Bath, on Wednesday the sixteenth day of February next.
Daniel Hagerman, Secretary, submitted 13 January, 1820

Kingston Chronicle, January 28, 1820: Immigration Desired

James Ranken agent, at Bath, "Will receive names and addresses of those who may wish to receive copies of Canada, the Last Hope of England by Charles Fothergill, Esq. This book to be printed in London, England, will point out the superior advantages held forth by this country to all classes of emigrants from the British Isles.

Kingston Chronicle, April 7, 1820: Midland District Auxiliary Bible Society Meeting at Bath, held at St. John's, 1 February 1820:
Benjamin Fairfield Esq., Vice President
Robert Willimas Esq., Treasurer
D. Hagerman and J. Ranken, Esquires, Secretaries

Annual Report. The Society was formed 3 years ago. It's object, " a more general distribution of the Holy Scriptures"... Since last annual meeting 75 currency has been remitted to the Parent Society, and Bibles and Testaments have been received in good condition.

- At last annual meeting in your society, there were remaining in the Depository 127 Bibles and 209 Testaments very considerably more than half of which were Gaelic, French and German. For these applications occur but seldom.

- Previous to the receipt of the last importation there were issued from the Depository 143 Bibles and Testaments. Two of Societies, that in Prince Edward and that in Gananoque,, receive from us their supply of books as they make requisitions, and we have the means to comply with them.

As far as the Kingston and Belleville Societies, there are but few families in those places who have not the means of supplying themselves with the holy and blessed word of God.

- However, there are many who are now emigrating from the mother country who will be found destitute of that Holy Book. The Society recognizes the "religious turpitude" of some of the lower orders of these people (the poor Irishmen). The are bound in the shakles of an overbearing superstition, imposed upon them by the unhappy policy of their Priesthood.

- In July last we received from the Parent Society 480 copies of St. John's gospel translated in the Mohawk language. Fifty copies were entrusted to the Rev. Official Stuart, Missionary to the Indians to distribute.

- To effect the more general distribution of books of the Society, Matthew Clark, Parker Smith, Rufus (?) Shorey are to act as Depositaries for Ernest Town. John Carscallen Esq. is to Distribute for Camden, Mr. Darius Dunham for Fredericksburg, Rev. Mr. McDowall also for Fredericksburg, Andrew Kimmerly Esq. for Richmond, Alex Fisher, Esq. to be a Depositary for Adolphustown.

Your Committee have much pleasure also in noticing a desire to establish Sunday Schools throughout the country

Members - subscription 7 shillings , 6 pence.

Officers for coming year:
Wm. Johnston Esq. President
D. Dunham Vice-President
S. Hawley Esq. Vice President
Isaac Fraser Esq. Vice President
B. Fairfield Esq. Vice President and Depositary
D. Hagerman Esq. Treasurer.
Rev. J. Stoughton. Secretary

Kingston Chronicle, May 19, 1820: Smuggled American Goods Seized and Auctioned

Auction Sale, for the Custom House Office, Bath

On Thursday, the 8th June next, will be sold to the highest bidder at the Auction Room of Mr. John Strange, Kingston, the following Goods. lately condemned in his Majesty's Court of King's Bench

14 pieces of American manufactured woolen Cloths
24 pieces of American manufactured cotton Cloths
174 dozen Almanacks
24 doz. Webster's Spelling Books
40 doz. History Books
24 doz. papers of Tobacco
12 kegs of plug Tobacco

James Ranken, Collector, Bath, May 18, 1820

Kingston Chronicle, June 30, 1820: Roderick Mackay of Bath is Dead

Reference to estate of the late Roderick Mackay. ...claims against estate to be directed to James Ranken, Administrator. Bath, 28 June 1820

Kingston Chronicle, August 25, 1820: Expansion of Mail Routes from Bath

Issued at Post Office, Kingston, 25th August 1820
It being in contemplation with the Deputy Post Master General to establish a new line of Post Officers from Bath through the County of Prince Edward to ???. I hereby give notice that I will continue to receive proposals for the conveyance of mail once a week by that route until the 1st October next.
John Macaulay, Post Master

Kingston Chronicle, September 29, 1820: Quest for a Physician for Bath

Wanted and much wished for, A Medical Gentleman of liberal education and undoubted Loyalty, to practice in the Village of Bath. A person of the above description will receive the most liberal support, and encouragement.

Kingston Chronicle, December 1, 1820: George Ham, Merchant, Bath

The subscribers ---- have just received from Montreal a fresh supply of Goods, in addition to their former stock, which they will dispose of very low for cash, short approved credit, or in exchange for good Merchantable Wheat as they are now wanting 2,000 bushels, to be delivered to A. MacPherson Esq., Napanee Mills, a sample of which they will require to be delivered to them at their Store in the village of Bath, one week previous to the delivery of any at the Napanee Mills, as wheat that has Rye, Cockle, or Smut in it, cannot be received.
George Ham & Co.,Bath, 27 November 1820

Kingston Chronicle, December 8, 1820: John Clark, Merchant, Bath

The subscriber respectfully informs the Farmers that he will pay 3 shillings 4 pence Halifax Currency per bushel for any quantity of Merchantable Wheat (not to exceed Three Thousand Bushels) delivered to A. MacPherson, at the Napanee Mills, either on account or in exchange for Goods, a general assortment for which he, as usual, constantly keeps on hand, at his stores at Fredericksburg and Bath, and sells them on as low terms as Goods of the same quality that can be bought at Kingston, for cash or Country Produce. [At his shop erected in Bath] in addition to his Potash works in the village of Fredericksburg, Good clean House and Field Ashes wanted and will pay the highest prices going for them in any kind of Goods, on delivery. John Clark, Merchant, Bath December 5, 1820

Kingston Chronicle, June 8, 1821: Burning of Masonic Hall

On Monday afternoon, the building occupied as a Freemasons Lodge in the Village of Bath, was destroyed by fire, together with the most valuable articles belonging to the Society.

Kingston Chronicle, June 8, 1821: Smugglers' Vessel Seized and Sold

Customs House Office, Bath June 6, 1821. On Monday the 25th day of June instant will be sold to the highest bidder at Worden's Wharf, The Schooner Brethia of 27 tons lately Condemned. This vessel has been repaired this season and is well fitted with sails, cable and anchor, and all necessary rigging. Sale to commence at 1 o'clock P.M. James Ranken, Collector of Customs of the Port of Bath.

Kingston Chronicle, June 8, 1821: Midland District Agricultural Society

Midland District Agricultural Society met at the Court House, Kingston on 28 May, 1821. Alexander Fisher President, in the chair. [Where] it was resolved that the next general Cattle Show will be at Bath on the third Thursday in October next.

Kingston Chronicle, June 15, 1821: Death of Prominent Barrister

Died at Bath, on Saturday, the 30th last, Daniel Hagerman, Esq. Barrister at Law, and a member of the Provincial Parliament of Upper Canada, aged 27 years.

Kingston Chronicle, October 26, 1821: Addington Agricultural Society

Annual Cattle Show of the Addington County Agricultural Society.

The weather was favourable to the exhibition, and the large concourse of people who assembled, ??? the interest felt in the objects of the meeting.

Mr. Robert Perry, Mr. John Lake, Mr. John Asselstine - Judges of Cattle.
Mr. Benjamin Fairfield, David Perry, Henry Lasher - Judges of grain.

Premiums awarded
Nathan Fellows, for the best bull
Eli Peters, 2d best bull
Benjamin Fairfield, Esq., best cow
Colin Mckenzie, best one year old heifer
Christopher Switzer, best yoke of oxen
John Peters, best ram
John Bell, 2d best ram
John Bell, best ewe
Bowen Aylesworth, best boar
Matthew Clark, Esq. best sow
Eli Peters, best 2 acres Indian corn
John Bell, best 2 acres barley
Daniel Perry, best 2 acres oats
John C. Clark, best 2 acres pease
Jas. Lake, best 2 acres wheat
Eli Peters, best 2 acres potatoes

Kingston Chronicle, October 26, 1821: Inn-keepers at Bath

Died - At his house in Bath, Isaac Brintnal, Inn- keeper

Peter Davey, Inn-keeper Bath. [advertisement]

Kingston Chronicle, November 9, 1821: Legislative Assembly

Election at Bath commenced on Monday last
Candidates1st day2d day3d day4thday
Bidwell1018560260
Church607945205
Clark6311declined


Kingston Chronicle, December 28, 1821: Smuggled Goods Seized and Sold

Auction [to be held] Saturday 12 January, 1822

A single horse Wagon with a falling cover, a single Harness, and a quantity of Primers and Spelling books.

By order of James Ranken, Collecter, Port of Bath
John Strange A & B
Kingston December 28, 1821

Kingston Chronicle, January 11, 1822: Shepherd's General Store, Bath

E. Shepherd - General Store at Bath
Has just received a large supply of Goods which are a general assortment of all descriptions of Dry Goods, Groceries, Ironmongery, Cutlery, Hardware etc. - To be sold at the premises lately occupied by Mackay and Ranken. Bath 1st Month 9th 1822

Kingston Chronicle, February 1, 1822: John Clark, Bath

John Clark Notary Public will attend to all kinds of writings in his capacity of Notary Public, at his store in this Village of Bath. Submitted 22 January 1822.

Kingston Chronicle, February 22, 1822: Legislative Assembly

The election for a Member to represent the incorporated Counties of Lennox and Addington in the room of [i.e. instead of] the member lately expelled, commenced on Monday the 11 last and was kept open during the week, held at the Court House, Adolphustown. -- Candidates proposed: Thomas Williams, Matthew Clark and Marshall S. Bidwell. An objection was made to the latter on the grounds that he was an alien, and consequently ineligible according to the meaning of the 22d section of the 31st George 3d. which defines the qualifications of the members of the Provincial Government. The Returning Officer would not allow Mr. Bidwell to offer [himself] Clark was on Saturday duly elected by a majority of 115 votes. We understand Mr. Bidwell intends to protest... He considers himself a natural born subject according to the spirit of the British statutes which in certain cases allow the grand children of subjects (though born in a foreign state) to be a natural born subjects. He contends that his grandfather was a natural born subject, as well as his father, and that therefore he, though born in the United States since the revolution, at a time when his father held no office under the Government, is also considered to be a natural born subject.

It remains to be seen what effect the rebellion of the colonies will be allowed to have on the claims of those who pretend to be natural born British subjects. - It appears to us that should American citizens have equal claims to the rights, privileges, and immunities of British subjects with Mr. Bidwell, it would present a strange situation, and allow some rebels greater favours than the most stedfast loyalists.

Thomas Williams, Adolphustown was the agent of the Petitioners at the bar of the House during the examination of the evidence, and Robert Williams of Bath was the person who administered the oath of allegiance to the "sitting member" during the war.

Kingston Chronicle, February 22, 1822: Marriage Licenses

James Ranken, Esq. of Bath has been authorized by his excellency the Lieut. Governor to issue Marriage Licenses.

Kingston Chronicle, April 12, 1822: Quest for a Physician for Bath

Wanted - We the subscribers, feeling the want of a Medical Gentleman of liberal education and undoubted loyalty to practice in the village of Bath, will pay annually the amount opposite our respective names, to any person of that description, who will establish himself among us.

Peter Davy
John Clark
John Carscallen
Timothy Thomson
Geo. A. Clark
William Church
Samuel Harlow
Henry Meade
John Trumpour
John Ham, Sen.
Benjamin Booth

These are but a small portion of the inhabitants who will sign liberally as soon as a doctor of the above description will settle among us, but in the name of all the residents, we invite such a person, - such a person should be well assured that he will have a wide and extensive practice in and about the Bay of Quinte.

Kingston Chronicle, February 22, 1822: Midland District Auxiliary Bible Society

Annual Meeting of Midland District Auxiliary Bible Society will take place in the Epsicopal Church at Bath, on Friday, 1st March Bath 22 February 1822

Kingston Chronicle, May 24, 1822: Shepherd's General Store, Bath

E. Shepherd - Respectfully informs his friends and the public that he has a large assortment of Goods, all of which will be sold cheap for prompt payment at his store in Bath, and at the stone store house formerly occupied by the late Lawrence Herchment, Esq., Kingston.
Submitted Kingston 22 May 1822

Kingston Chronicle, June 21, 1822: Reverend Stoughton has a Son

To Mrs Stoughton - a son on the 15th at Bath.

Kingston Chronicle, June 21, 1822: Quest for a Physician for Bath

Doctor Moore respectfully informs the inhabitants of Ernest Town, and the neighbouring Townships that he has settled in the Village of Bath, where he may be found by those who wish to consult him. From his being regularly [brought up] to his profession in one of the most respectable Universities in Scotland, and from his experience, he hopes to merit the confidence on the public. N.B. Advice, attendance, and some medicine given to the poor gratis. Bath June 18, 1822

Kingston Chronicle, June 28, 1822: Land Surveyor

Land Surveying - William J. Fairfield, Deputy Surveyor, will attend to any business in the above line. Applications to be made to him at Bath. Submitted 22 June 1822.

Kingston Chronicle, October 25, 1822: John Clark, Merchant

The subscriber having established a store on the premises of Mr. Lewis Rose Bush, upon the River Trent has taken his Brother Charles Clark, and Mr. James Conner into Co- partnership with him, in the business conducted at that place, which will be carried on under the firm of Clark and Conner. John Clark, Bath 10 October 1822

John Clark is also desirous of contracting for
20 Thousand fat square[d] Oak
20 Thousand pipe Staves, and
40 Thousand west India white Oak Staves

Will pay on fourth in Cash and the remainder in goods, for any quantity not exceeding the above, delivered anywhere on the Bay of Quinte, at a convenient place for rafting on or before the 1st May, next, and will allow the highest market price for the same. The money will be paid on delivery of the lumber, and goods will be advanced to enable the contrators to get out the Staves and Timber, by finding two sufficient sureties of the due performance of their contract.

He will also pay a part cash for quantity of Pork, not exceeding 60 barrels, either in the hog or by the barrel, to be delivered at his store in Bath, or at any place agreed upon between now and the 1st January next? Bath October 23, 1822

N.B. John Clark continues to receive as usual at his Potash Works in their village, and at Fredericksburgh, house and field ashes in exchange for goods.

Kingston Chronicle, February 7, 1823: E. Shepherd, Merchant

Trustees for the estate of Ebenezer Shepherd, Bath - A.B.Hawks, A. Manahan, Thomas Askew (Kingston)

By Auction will be sold at the stores of Ebenezer Shepherd, Bath, on Thursday, the 20th February. - The remaining part of his Stock in Trade Household Furniture, valuable collection of Books etc. And on the Farm, Amherst Island, lying scattered on the surface of about 100 acres and distant from the shore from 1/4 to 1/4 of a mile about 600 Cords Firewood, of various descriptions, that will be sold either in lots or altogether, to suit purchasers. Submitted Kingston 6 February 1823

Kingston Chronicle, March 14, 1823: Legislative Assembly

The election for Lennox and Addington will take place at Bath on 24th last. Messrs. George Ham and M.S.Bidwell are the candidates, and it is the prevailing opinion that the contest will be severe. Robert Stanton, Esq., is the Returning Officer.

Kingston Chronicle, April 4, 1823: E. Shepherd, Merchant

By Auction - On Saturday 19th last, at the Wharf of Neil McLeod, Esquire at 12 o'clock 2 Durham Boats, with Sails, Masts and Rigging complete, belonging to the Estate of Ebenezer Shepherd, late of Bath. John Strange

Kingston Chronicle, May 9, 1823: Poor Society

The Annual Meeting of the Poor Society for the Township of Ernest Town will be held at Mr. William Clough's House in said Township, on Saturday the 14th day of June next, at one o'clock P.M. for the purpose of nominating officers for the ensuing year, and to settle other matters relating to said Society. James Ranken, Secretary, Bath May 6, 1823

Kingston Chronicle, May 16, 1823: Steam Boat

The Bay and River Steam-Boat Charlotte, Henry Gildersleeve, Master, will leave Kingston for the Carrying Place every Monday morning at 8 o'clock, and return to Kingston on Wednesday afternoon, stopping at Bath, Adolphustown, Hallowell, Sophiasburg, Belleville and the Trent. [Also] leave Kingston for Belleville every Thursday morning at 8 o'clock; leave Belleville on her return, Friday morning at 8 o'clock and arrive at Kingston in the evening, etc. For Freight or Passage apply to the Captain on board.

Kingston Chronicle, November 12, 1824: William Fairfield

At Bath on the 30th ???, by the Rev'd J. Stoughton, Mr. William Fairfield to Miss Elizabeth Ham, both of Ernesttown, by license.

Kingston Chronicle, June 17, 1825: Agent for Newspaper

J. McKenzie, Esq., Bath - agent for the Kingston Chronicle, printed and published every Friday afternoon by James MacFarlane corner of Water and Barracks Streets, Kingston.

Kingston Chronicle, August 11, 1826: Steam Boat

The Steam Boat Niagara had her machinery injured in crossing the lake, and had to put into Bath yesterday where she still remains.

Kingston Chronicle, October 20, 1826: Bath Academy

The building commonly known by the name of the Academy at Bath, being now neatly and comfortably finished, the Grammar School will be opened on Monday, 23d inst. under the management and superintendence of the Rev. John Stoughton, in whose house a few pupils may (if required) be accommodated with Board and Lodging, on moderate terms. Submitted Bath 17 October 1826

Kingston Chronicle, April 27, 1827: St. George's Day (April 23rd)

On Monday last, a numerous party of gentlemen met at Mr. Peter Davy's, Bath, to celebrate their Sovereign's Birth Day, and pay homage to England's Tutelar [i.e.. Guardian] Saint. An excellent dinner was provided for the occasion, and at half-past five Colin McKenzie, Esq. took the chair, supported by Colonel McKay. After the cloth was removed, the following toasts were drank with the utmost loyalty and enthusiasm. "The Day we celebrate - three times three."

Song composed for the occasion

Let's sing of Britain's glory
Her fame in arts and arms -
Oh! may her flag forever brave
The ocean's wild alarms.
Or if on Terra Firma,
It glads the hero's sight,
Oh! may St. George's sons still be
Victorious in the fight!
Nor shall her sons in Canada
Be ever backward seen
To rally round her standard
Long as her pines grow green.

On Asia's shores, on Afric's sands,
In every land and clime,
This day, like us, her sons are met,
To worship at his shrine.
Where' er the breath of heaven wafts.
That thunders o'er the deep,
Like us, a chosen band are met,
This glorious day to keep.
Nor shall her sons in Canada
Be ever backward seen
To meet and drinken their Sovereign's health,
Long as her pines grow green!

A thousand years her flag has braved
The battle and the breeze
A thousand hence, oh! may it wave,
In triumph o'er the seas!
And thousands hence may Briton's sons,
Like us assembled, sing
The greatness and the glory,
The goodness of her King,
Nor shall her sons in Canada
Be ever backward seen
To join the loyal chorus,
Long as her pines grow green.

The King - God bless him. May his life be as long and as happy as his reign has ever been great and glorious.

Songs - God Save the King; Rule Britannia; Hearts of Oak; See the Conquering Hero Comes

Toasts - To the memory of His late Royal Highness the Duke of York - His grateful country will long remember the soldiers friend.

To the Duke of Clarence and the Navy

To the Duke of Wellington and the Army - may the one never forget the bright path of his lamented predecessor, nor the other, the glories they have won - three times three.

To His Excellency Sir. P. Maitland - Happy under his administration, may the people of this Province ever do him justice.

To Lady Sarah Maitland and the Fair [Ladies] of Upper Canada

To Agriculture and Commerce - may they go hand in hand; the twin guardian sisters of our country.

To the Attorney General - may we ever do justice to his integrity and talents.

Toast by Mr. Lasher. The land we live in - may we ever appreciate the blessings we enjoy therein.

Toast by Doctor Van Dyke. The Province of Upper Canada - like an affectionate child may she ever grateful be for the favours of the parent.

Toast by A. Chisholm. May the Sun of Loyalty ever dissipate the clouds of discontent which spring from the quagmire of a muddy brain.

The greatest harmony and hilarity prevailed on the occasion. Long after midnight the votaries of the Jolly God were found doing their duty

Kingston Chronicle, July 19, 1828: Agent for Newspaper

R.W. Warffe, Esq. Bath, agent for the Kingston Chronicle published by James Macfarlane, Front Street Kingston.

Kingston Chronicle, Aug 9, 1828: Steam Boat

The Sir James Kempt, steam boat. This boat which was recently built at the village of Bath under the superintendence of Captain Gildersleeve, was launched on Monday last and on Wednesday Morning was towed into this place by the Toronto. She is to ply between Prescott and the head of the Bay of Quinte. Her engine is 45 ??? power. She is handsomely fitted up for the accommodation of passengers and is to be under the command of Captain Gildersleeve, formerly of the Charlotte, a gentleman well known for the alacrity of his manners, and his unremitting attention to the comforts of his passengers.

Kingston Chronicle, August 16, 1828: Steam Boat Collision

On Saturday last the Steam Boat Dalhousie, Captain Mc Donnell, in order to oblige a number of the inhabitants of Kingston, made a trip to Bath. About seven in the evening, the Dalhousie left Mr. Ham's wharf and steered for Kingston. A few minutes afterwards the Toronto, Captain Sinclair, got under way from a wharf a short distance to leeward of the Dalhousie, and proceeded towards Kingston also. When opposite to a part of land below Bath, the Toronto came within hail of Dalhousie, and Capt. McDonell, perceiving that danger was at hand, requested Captain Sinclair to stop his engine. This request, however, was disregarded, and the next minute the Toronto struck the Dalhousie on her ??? quarter, carrying away the stanchions, railing etc. The Toronto then shot ahead and the two boats became wedged together in which situation they ran more than half a mile.-------- the Capt. of the Toronto continued obstinate and unyielding. At length Capt. McDonell, fearing that serious consequences might ensue, stopped the Dalhousie's engine and allowed the Toronto to escape.

Kingston Chronicle, January 17, 1829: Peter Ham

Death of Peter Ham on the 12th. 37 years old

Kingston Chronicle, March 21, 1829: Bath Academy

Wanted immediately an assistant Teacher in the Academy at Bath, under whose particular charge will be placed, the Junior Scholars of the Town. Application to be made to the subscriber. Benjamin Fairfield. Bath 12 March 1829 Secretary.

Kingston Chronicle, May 9, 1829: Collector of Customs

Government House York, 27th April 1829: His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to appoint Colin McKenzie Esq. to be Collector of Customs at the Port of Bath.

Kingston Chronicle, May 30, 1829: Midland District Home Missionary Society

Annual meeting of the Midland District Home Missionary Society will be held at Bath on Thursday the 11th day of June at 12 o'clock noon. The Rev. Mr Smart is expected to preach on the occasion. By order of the Committee, Isaac Fraser, Vice-President, May 27, 1829

Kingston Chronicle, July 18, 1829: Port of Bath

John Dean is the Port Master at Bath.

Kingston Chronicle, July 18, 1829: Macaulay House, Bath

For Sale - the house and Premises of the late George Macaulay, Esq, situated in the Village of Bath, on the Bay of Quinte, about sixteen miles from the town of Kingston. The Dwelling House contains on the first floor, an Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, two Bed Rooms, Pantry, Kitchen, and an Attorney's office. Above stairs, there are four good Bed Rooms, and underneath the house, an excellent cellar. There is also on the premises, a Stable and suitable out offices. The whole of the Buildings are nearly new and in excellent condition. There is nearly an acre of land belonging to the premises tastefully laid out into gardens, and well stocked with choice Fruit Trees, forming altogether one of the most delightful places of residence for a genteel family in the District.-------A B Hawke, Henry Lasher, Peter Davy, Trustees. Bath, July 14, 1829.

Kingston Chronicle, July 18, 1829: Methodist Preacher

Lorenzo Dow (commonly called Crazy Dow) will preach at Belleville on Tuesday next at 11 o'clock, at Hallowell on Thursday at 11 o'clock; at or near Bath on Saturday and Sunday, at 11 o'clock on Saturday and 9 on Sunday; and at the Methodist Episcopal Chapel in Kingston on Sunday afternoon, at 5 o'clock the 26th inst. and at the Chapel on Waterloo on Monday morning at 8 o'clock, 27th instant.

Kingston Chronicle, October 31, 1829: Mail Routes from Bath

Post Office Kingston 20 October 1829: Tenders will be received at this office until the 12th day of December next, for the conveyance of His Majesty's mails on the Price Edward County Route from the Post Office at Bath to the Post Office at the River Trent, a distance of fifty ??? miles. The contract will commence on the 6th day of January next, and continue for the space of four years. Persons making tenders are requested separately to specify the rates at which they will undertake to carry the mail once and twice in each week. John Macaulay, Post Master

Kingston Chronicle, November 21, 1829: Sale of Land for Taxes

Midland District - Sale of Lands
I shall attend and offer for sale such portion of the Lands as are advertised by the Treasurer of the District, and contained in the warrants of the Clerk of the Peace, as may be sufficient to satisfy the arrears of Assessments due thereon, at the following times and places.

Ernest Town - on the 14 June, 1830 at Peter Davy's Inn, in Bath, at the hour of 11 o'clock A.M.

John McLean Sheriff
Sheriff's Office Kingston, December 21, 1829

Kingston Chronicle, October 30, 1830: Death of Doctor's Wife

Death of Mrs Jane Baker, wife of Dr Baker of that place, Tuesday morning

Kingston Chronicle, November 20, 1830: Midland District Agricultural Society

President and Directors of the Meeting of the Midland District Agricultural Society held yesterday at Mr. Davy's Inn at Bath, which was well attended --

After the transaction of some other business the meeting broke up and several members of the Society sat down to a dinner prepared by Mr Davy, at which the greatest hilarity and good feeling prevailed - the health of our Gracious King and Queen, and his representative in this Colony were right loyally drunk - as well as many appropriate toasts connected with the objects of this Society viz:- the improvement of our agriculture, and the promotion of domestic industry. A proposal which met with the approbation of all present was made, that all general or special meetings of the Society the Members should be clad in garments made of Canadian Cloth and it was agreed that this proposal should be submitted for the general consideration of the Society.

Kingston Chronicle, April 23, 1831: Education for Girls

Boarding School For Young Ladies at Bath. Under the Superintendance of Mrs. Bickerton.
In this Establishment young Ladies are instructed in the following branches of Education viz: Grammar, Geography, History, Writing, Arithmetic, Music, French, Drawing, Landscape, Velvet and Oil, Painting Embroidery and a variety of fashionable and ornamental Works. Mrs Bickerton's experience as a Teacher in England, renders her well qualified to impart solid instruction with elegant accomplishments, on a plan calculated to make study agreeable, and ensure the progress of her Pupils.



For more about life in the Village of Bath in the 19th century, see Bath on the Bay of Quinte, by Jane Foster. (Lennox and Addington County Museum, 1996.)

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