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November 11, 1846, 19th century
Montreal Gazette
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"(...) The construction of a bridge would be of inestimable value to the commerce of the city, and to the productiveness of the lands on the right bank of the river, and we think the Legislature ought to remove one difficulty by forbidding the descent of either vessels or rafts down the rapids, and compelling the use of the Lachine Canal at low rates of tolls or toll-fee. There is no difficulty in getting foundations. The great difficulty is to construct arches of sufficient solidity to carry heavy vehicles, with sufficient space not to interrupt a raft,, and sufficient elevation not to catch the bulwarks , etc., of a vessel with lowered masts. These difficulties may be at once overcome by prohibiting, altogether, the use of that dangerous and now quite unnecessary navigation."