Guelph – Toronto Road / Railroad

Guelph and Toronto Road  – Guelph Advertiser 31 January 1850

At a meeting, called by the inhabitants of Trafalgar, Toronto, Esquesing and Chinguacousy, held at Whaley’s Corners, this 18th day of January, 1840, for the purpose of continuing a Plank Road from the terminus at the Townline Store, to Norval, Georgetown, and Guelph, it was unanimously agreed that William Kent, Esq., be called to the Chair, and James Black, Secretary.

Proposed by Alexander McNab, Esq., seconded by Mr. John Miller,

-Resolved — That the road be designated and known by the name of the “Toronto and Guelph Road.” Carried.

Proposed by James Cotton, Esq., seconded by Wm. Barber, Esq.,

– Resolved — That this company be formed this day, with a capital of two thousand two hundred and fifty pounds currency, in shares of five pounds. Carried.

Proposed by Wm. Clay, Esq., seconded by Wm. Gooderham, Esq.,

– Resolved — That books this day be opened for the purpose of receiving subscriptions from those who are desirous to become stockholders.” Carried.

Proposed by Francis Kent, Esq., seconded by Mr. James Miller … form a committee for carrying … resolutions into effect.

Wm. Barber, Esq.
Wm. Gooderham, Esq.
Francis Kent, Esq.
Mr. Jas. Mennes
George Kennedy, Esq.
Mr. P. Dayfood
Wm. Clay, Esq.
Mr. John Miller

Moved by Wm. Clay, Esq., seconded by George Kennedy, Esq., that Directors be appointed. Carried.

Wm. Barber, Esq.
Wm. Clay, Esq.
George Kennedy, Esq.
Francis Kent, Esq.
John Miller, Esq.

Moved by Wm. Clay, Esq., seconded by George Kennedy, Esq., that William Barber, Esq., beappointed President. Carried.

Moved by Wm. Clay, Esq., seconded by Wm. Barber, Esq., that Wm. Godderham, Esq., be appointed Secretary and Treasurer. Carried.

Proposed by Mr. John C. Hyde, seconded by Benjamin Switzer, Esq., that Wm. Clay and Wm. Barber, Esqrs., be appointed delegates to receive subscriptions for stock in Guelph, and that James Patterson and James Cotton, Esqrs., be delegated to receive subscriptions in the City of Toronto. Carried.

Wm. Kent, Chairman
James Black, Secretary

Moved by James Patterson, Esq., that the Chairman do leave the chair, and that Henry Rutledge,Esq., be called thereto.

Moved and carried unanimously, that Wm. Kent, Esq., receive the thanks of this meeting for his gentlemanly conduct in the chair.

-Resolved — That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Streetsville Review, BritishColonist and Patriot, Toronto; and the Herald and Guelph Advertiser.

Guelph 12 February 1850  

 Board Meeting      

At a public meeting, held at the “British Hotel,” on Tuesday, the 12th February, 1950, to meet Messrs Barber and Clay, a deputation from the “Toronto and Guelph Road Company,” for the purpose of explaining the advantages of the proposed direct line to Toronto, and of affording an opportunity of taking Shares in the Company.

It was moved by Mr. Barber, and seconded by Mr. John Thorp, — That A.J. Fergusson, Esq.,M.P.P. take the Chair.

Moved by Thomas Sandilands, Esq., and seconded by Mr. John Harrison, — That A. Macdonald act as Secretary.

Moved by Mr. John Harrison, and seconded by Mr. Richard Ainlay, — That Thomas Sandilands, Esq., Benjamin Thurbell, Esq., Dr. Orton, Sheriff Grange and A.J. Fergusson, Esq., M.P.P. be appointed a Committee for the purpose of conferring with the “Toronto and Guelph Road Company” on the subject of extending their line of Road to Guelph.

Moved by Thomas Sandilands, Esq., and seconded by Mr. John Harrison, — That the thanks of the meeting be given to Messrs Barber, Clay and Young, for the interest they manifest in the advancement of this Road.

Moved by Mr. Sheriff Grange, and seconded by Mr. John …, — That the Guelph Herald, Guelph Advertiser, be … to publish the proceedings of this meeting.

Moved by Mr. John Harrison and seconded by Mr. H.H. Oliver,– That the thanks of this Meeting are due to Mr. Fergusson for his impartial conduct in the Chair.

A.J. Fergusson, Chairman
A. Macdonald, Secretary

 Acton 30th March 1850

Continuation from Georgetown of the Toronto and Guelph Plank Road      

At a meeting of the inhabitants of this village and neighbourhood, held on the 27th March inst., in Acton School House, to consider the propriety of continuing a Plank Road, from the terminus near Georgetown, to Crewson’s Corner, thence to Guelph, — it was unanimously agreed that Mr. Rufas Adams take the chair, and Mr. John Holgate act as Secretary.

It was moved by Rev. H. Denny, seconded by Wm. Barber, esq., and —

-Resolved — That a company be now formed to construct the continuation of the Toronto Plank Road, say to Crewson’s Corner, with a capital of two thousand pounds, in shares of five pounds each.

Moved by Jas. Young, esq., seconded by Mr. Robert Swan, and —

-Resolved — That the name of said Company be known as — “The Acton and Georgetown Road Company.”

Moved by Rev. H. Denny, seconded by Mr. James Cameron, and —

-Resolved — That the Secretary do not solicit subscriptions for Stock from the present meeting.

The result of which application was very satisfactory. It was then Resolved that five Directors be appointed.

Which resulted in the following gentlemen being chosen, by ballot:,– Messrs, Rufus Adams, Alex Brown, Robert Swan, Hiram Denny, and R.L. Campbell: who appointed Mr. John Holgate as Secretary and Treasurer.

Moved by Mr. Denny, seconded by Mr. John Holt, and —

-Resolved- — That the thanks of this meeting be given to Messrs Young, Barber and Kennedy as Directors of the Georgetown Road for their attendance and counsel on this occasion.

Moved by Mr. Denny, seconded by Jas. Young, esq., and

-Resolved — That the proprietor of the following newspapers, be requested to insert a report of the proceedings of this meeting: Streetsville Review, Toronto Patriot, and Examiner, Guelph Herald and Advertiser.

The thanks of the meeting having been voted to the Chairman and Secretary the meeting separated.

Rufas Adams, Chairman
John Holgate, Secretary

Guelph Advertiser 18 April 1850

Further Continuation of the Toronto and Guelph Road
Rockwood, (Eramosa,) 1st April 1850.

At a meeting of the inhabitants of this village and neighbourhood, held this day at Hill’s Tavern, to consider the propriety of co-operating with the Acton and Georgetown Road Company, to effect a continaution to Guelph of the proposed Plank Road from Toronto — Mr. Squire was appointed Chairman, and Mr. John Holgate, Secretary.

On the suggestion of H. Strange, esq., it was resolved by the Directors of the Acton and Georgetown Road Company — who were present on this occasion — that the name of the Company be known as the Acton, Georgetown, Rockwood and Guelph Road Company; this suggestion was acted upon, in consideration of obtaining the co-operation of the residents of Eramosa in carrying out the views of the aforesaid Company.

On motion of Mr. A. Brown, seconded by Mr. R.L. Campbell, it was —

-Resolved — That Messrs. Squire, Stringer, Evrrit, John Stewart and Donald Black; be a committee to obtain subscriptions for Stock in the aforesaid Company.

Guelph Advertiser April 4 1850

Plank or Gravelled Road

Plank or Gravelled Roads will soon be formed in every direction, if the various schemes afloat are only carried out. One is about to be constructed from Dunnville, one Lake Erie, to Grimsby, on Ontario; another from Port Dover to Woodstock; another from Streetsville to Georgetown; advertisements appear for plank for a road from Hornby to Stewartown; it is probable that gravelled roads will be completed from Guelph to Fergus on the one hand and Elora on the other,by the Fall, — and we know not how many more besides.

Guelph Advertiser 9 October 1851

Toronto and Guelph Railway

Our readers are doubtless aware that a charter was obtained last Session by the indefatigable Mr. John W. Gwynne, for a Railroad from this city to Guelph. A committee of gentlemen from the latter town is now in Toronto to bring the enterprise before our citizens, and we earnestly urge the subject on public attention as most deeply affecting the interest of every business man in the place. We know of no undertaking, except, perhaps, a direct continuation of the Great Western to this city, which is likely to be so beneficial to Toronto. To be convinced of this we have but to look at the prospects which this line opens up to us.

A trail line has been already run, and the distance found to be 43 miles. It was run by poor Mr.Brough (whose recent sudden death we regret to observe), under the direction of Mr. Gzowski, and found to present few difficulties involving heavy cost to surmount. The proposed line passes through the Townships of York, Etobicoke, Toronto, Chinguacousy, Esquesing, Nassagaweya, Eramosa and Guelph, and through the rising towns of Brampton, Norval, Georgetown, Acton and Guelph, — as rich and fertile a country as there is on the continent of America…

…The Stock authorized by the charter is 250,000 pounds, in shares of 5 pounds each; but the total cost is expected not to exceed 225,000 pounds. Of this, it is proposed that the Corporation onthe line shall take 200,000 pounds, and that the balance shall be made up by private subscriptions. The town of Guelph has already pledged itself for 25,000 pounds, the Township of Guelph, 10,000 pounds, and the Township of Eramosa for 10,000 pounds. The Mayor and Reeve of each corporation, having an interest, by the Act is to be ex-officio a director and the subscribers are to elect from themselves a certain number of directors.

That this road will pay, and pay well, no man can doubt who has passed over the Vermont Central, or the Erie Railroad, and observed how a barren, rocky wilderness may be changed into a well-populated prosperous country, and made to furnish remunerating traffic for an iron trackbuild at enormous cost. The value of taxable property in the Townships through which the road isto pass, is as follows:

York 837,380 pounds
Etobicoke 258,108 pounds
Toronto 527,677 pounds
Chinguacousy 475,980 pounds
Esquesing (say) 475,980 pounds
Nassagaweya (say) 75,000 pounds
Eramosa 95,000 pounds
Guelph 168,130 pounds
Total: 1,700,000 pounds

About eleven millions of dollars of property, besides that of Toronto and Guelph Towns, will be thus affected more or less by the Road. It will readily be seen that the increase in the value of this property, were the whole money to construct the Road … would more than repay all the outlay. There is not a business man or property holder on the line who will not receive direct advantage from the Road, thus exceeding his share of its construction.

The City of Toronto is, however, the most directly interested in the Road, and hook or by crook, the citizens should have it built. It opens up a splendid … for trade, almost every penny of which now goes to Hamilton, and it will bring ….

Road will be ere long continued to Sarnia, … Goderich, or Saugeon – connecting us, by the most direct route, with Lake Huron. The advantage of the scheme to this City cannot be overrated, and every resident shoudl contribute to the stock to the full extent of his ability.

The City Corporation will be called upon to take a large portion of the stock, and we are sure public opinion will justify them in doing whatever may be needed to secure the road, and that speedily.

Guelph Advertiser 3 June 1852

Toronto and Guelph Railroad

Since the issue of our last publication, the routes of the proposed line of Railroad from Toronto to Guelph has been decided. The Directors have adopted the Northern route, — via Weston, Brampton, and Georgetown, but not to pass through Lambton.

This route will give general satisfaction — though, of course, it will not please all parties. — Some have particular interests in one place, some in another; and as the Railroad cannot possibly pass through every township and village between Toronto and Guelph, some persons are sure to be dissatisfied. There’s no help for it.

The chief point of concern, however, with a considerable portion of the public, now is, the cost of the Road. Told at first that the Road would cost certainly not more than 180,000 pounds or 200,000 pounds, they believed the statement; put their shoulders to the wheel, and set the enterprise in motion. The estimate afterwards got up to 250,000 pounds; at which many looked serious, but not aghast; ultimately, there have been four lines of route surveyed; the one estimated to cost the least money has been adopted — and that line is estimated at cost of 301,000 pounds. We are informed that this sum does not include either the rolling stock, or the right of way. — So that it is not over the mark, at any rate, to say that, according to the present plan, this line, with the necessary adjuncts, will cost 400,000 pounds, ere it will be in working order. We are informed that the Director is determined to push on the work immediately; and that the general talk among many influential Torontonians is, that they will have the Road, cost what it will.

It has been asked when will the Road be let out for construction by tender. Will both ends of the line be commenced simultaneously? Or will a commencement be made about midway, and the line be continued from Toronto, as far as the funds will take it — which will be somewhere about Georgetown? When are the debentures to be issued? Are they to be issued at once and turned into cash as soon as possible; and the sections of the Road let out, the contractors being paid in cash? And when all the cash which can be raised — (the Stock taken now amounts to 175,000pounds) — shall have been expended — what then? Many in this locality are asking for information on these points — and don’t seem altogether easy about them.

Last Thursday, a public meeting was held at Toronto, for the purpose of giving an opportunity to the citizens to express their opinions as to the different lines of route which have been surveyed. The Globe gives a condensed report of the proceedings, and make a serio-comical affair of the meeting. The Report, however, contains some facts, of which probably many of our readers will be glad to be informed.

The Globe says: His Worship took the Chair at half past 7 o’clock, at which time a considerable number of gentlemen has assembled, and explained the object of the meeting. He said that the members of the Board of Directors of the Railway had taken all the means in the power to select the best line of road. They had ordered the survey of four different routes. Some of the members were in favor of a more northerly route running through the back country, he was himself of that opinion,but others preferred a line nearer the lake shore and approaching Port Credit. He thought that the people of Toronto should have an opportunity of giving their opinion on the subject. There need be no secrets about it now, for the right of way had been secured and the price could not now be advanced, no matter what line was selected. The mayor also referred to a statement of the comparative cost of each of the routes surveyed, which had been published in the journals, and which we understood him to say was correct. It is as follows:

Cost per mile (pounds) Aggregate cost (pounds)
Southern route by Milton: 8,414 387,000
Central route by Humber, crossing at Lambton and Credit at Meadowville, then miles from the mouth: 7,660 312,000
Brampton route by the Humber: 6,700 310,000
Brampton route by Weston: 6,350 301,000

Mr. Alex Dixon then moved a resolution in favor of the northern route by Lambton, Weston, Brampton, and Georgetown, seconded by Mr. Atkinson. Mr. J.D. Ridout said that the meeting knew very little on the subject and would like to ask the Mayor if that resolution was in accordance with the views of the Directors. The Mayor replied that it agreed with the views of some of them. Mr. Dixon said it was in accordance with the reports of the Engineer. Mr. Sheriff Jarvis thought that the meeting was not in a position to decide on the route, that they had perfect confidence in the Directors, and had no desire to interfere with them in the discharge of a duty which no one doubted would be performed correctly. He also argued that it would be taking the responsibility off the shoulders of the Directors, who would be absolved from all blame should a mistake be made in selecting the line. He was in favor of the immediate adjournment of the meeting. Mr. W.H. Boulton referred to the opposition which he had given to the Mayor in the election of Directors of the road, but professed the utmost confidence in the good intentions ofthe Board as at present constituted. He thought that the meeting should not pledge itself to the exact localities, or pass such a resolution as would free the directory from responsibility, but they ought to express the opinion in favor of the Northern route which was universally held. He therefore moved the following resolution:

“That this meeting having every confidence in the Board of Directors of the Toronto and Guelph Railroad Company, consider it expedient to prescribe any particular line as the one to be adopted, although they have no hesitation in declaring it to be their opinion that the most northerly route is the most desirable, if considered the most eligible by the Directors.”

Mr. J.D. Ridout seconded the motion. Dr. Clark, of Guelph made a long speech, which contained nothing of moment, save that he was in favor of the Northern route as the cheapest and best, although he believed that the interests of Guelph would be best served by going to Port Credit, so that the country might have another shipping port, should the Toronto people get saucy. He spoke of the good prospect of the road paying, and paid a high compliment to Mr. Gwynne, the projector, who deserved a testimonial of gratitude for his exertions when all others were indifferent or hostile. Mr. Charles James said that if the lower route were taken, the Credit would tap the mad, and Toronto would derive little benefit from it. He also showed a map with the two lines drawn upon it. Mr. M.P. Hayes was in favor of the first resolution (Mr. Dixon’s). The meeting ought to strengthen the hands of their representatives in advocating the Northern route. Dr. Gwynne said that the Directors would not be guided by the decision of the meeting, and ough not to be shackled in their action. Mr. Dixon spoke ironically of Mr. W.H. Boulton not being opposed to the Mayor, and told the story of the Irishman driving his pig to market, and concealing from it the road he was going; and then Mr. Boulton said that he had not been able to make out whether Mr. Dixon was the pig going to market, or whether he (Mr. Boulton) was going to Limerick or Cork: and then Dr. Clarke and Mr. Boulton had a little controversy by themselves as to what Mr. B. had said in Council of Dr. C., and what Mr. B. ought to have said, all of a very amusing and instructive character, and then the Mayor put Mr. Boulton’s motion to the meeting, and it was carried by an immense majority. The majority cheered lustily, but why they cheered we are quite certain not one of them knew.

Guelph Advertiser 17 June 1852

Toronto and Guelph Railroad

The Annual General Meeting of the Stockholders of the Toronto and Guelph Railroad Company, for the purpose of electing Directors for the ensuing year, and receiving the Report for the past year, was held yesterday at the City Hall. The attendance was small — among those present were the following:– His Worship the Mayor, James M. Strachan, Esq., Dr. Clarke of Guelph, Dr.Herrick, Mr. Alderman Thompson, M.P. Hayes, Esq., Captain Hancock, J. Duggan, Esq., F.Widder, Esq., Mr. Alderman Hutchinson, W. Gooderham, Esq., and Hugh Miller Esq.,

His Worship the Mayor having taken the chair as President of the Board, the Secretary pro. tem., J.W. Gwynne, Esq., read the following Report:

Report of the Directors of the Toronto and Guelph Railway Company, to the Stockholders at the annual general meeting, held on Monday, the 7th June, 1852.

Since the election of the Directors upon the 30th Day of March last, the survey, commenced under the direction of the Provisional Board, has been completed; and has resulted in establishing, that the route which is the most economical in construction, is also that one which, in a commercial point of view, is, in the opinion of the Directors, the most desirable.

The route which had been adopted by the Board is that via Weston, Brampton, Georgetown, Acton and Rockwood to Guelph.

The country through which this Railway will pass, is not surpassed in fertility of soil, or capability of production, by any other section of equal extent in Canada; and the traffic which may reasonably be anticipated upon it, cannot fail to be highly remunerative to all Stockholders, and more especially to the Municipal Corporations subscribing, which will receive an indirect benefit in the increased value of their property, to an extent which cannot easily be calculated, in addition to the direct benefit arising from the Dividends upon their capital invested.

An wholly new impetus and direction will be given to the trade of the country through which the Railroad will pass, the benefit of which will be equally participated in, by the Railway as the sole mode of transport, and by the country to be affected by it, in the increase of wealth and population necessarily incident upon the increased facilities, which will be offered for the profitable investment of capital and labor in Agricultural and commercial pursuits.

The day is past when one Railroad could be deemed sufficient for the requirements of this splendid section of the Province.

The effect which Railways have, directly and indirectly, in promoting the prosperity of a country, is at length fully appreciated; and the experience of the United States has shown that a wholly new and unsettled country, offers no less favorable a field for investment in Railway enterprises, than an old populous and commercial country.

From the banks of the St. Lawrence to the Atlantic ocean we have seen, of late years, constructed a line of Railroad, which passing, for the most part through an unproductive country, has already diverted to itself the chief part of the trade of the Western Lakes.

Here we have seen realized a result, which, had it been predicted a few years ago, would have obtained for the propounder of the idea the reputation of an enthusiast or a visionary.

Every day we see new lines constructed and protected, having their Eastern termini on the Atlantic and their Western upon the banks of the noble Lakes and Rivers which form our boundary with the neighboring union.

All these lines though terminating on our border, point to the centre and to the utmost extremities of this noble and fertile Province of Upper Canada, and they will serve as feeders to Canadian lines yet to be constructed, whereby the traffic between the remotest east and west is at no distant day, destined to be conveyed.

All these works in the neighboring country ought to act as a stimulus upon us, to proceed promptly and vigorously in procuring the continuance, throughout our territory, in every favorable direction, of these modern arteries of commerce.

The length of the Toronto and Guelph Railroad will be 46 miles, and its cost, including all rolling stock, and necessary stations, will not exceed 327,000 pounds currency.

This sum is, by the Chief Engineer, estimated to be sufficient to construct the road in a permanent and efficient manner, in complete working order, with locomotives, carriages etc., etc.

By constructing the road thus, in a permanent manner, in the first instance, a considerable ultimate saving will be effected; the amount is, however, of trifling moment, when we consider the cost of descending the … ridge of hills from Hamilton, or from any other part of Lake Ontario, and it is utterly insignificant, when we contemplate the progressive magnitude of the trade of the country to be affected by the Railroad.

The official returns of 1851 show the production of twenty Townships, the whole trade of whichwill pass over this road, to be as follows:

Wheat and other grains and pulse: 3,066,755 bush
Potatoes and turnips: 555,947 bush
Wool: 218,110 lbs

When we add to this the transport of passengers, of horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, hides, stone, lime, plaster, butter, cheese, beef, pork, the produce of the forest, and the up-freight, to supply the wants of this growing region; and when we reflect that of 800,000 acres, the area of those twenty townships, there yet remain about 500,000 acres to be brought into cultivation, the Stockholders in the Company need not entertain any apprehension as to the remunerative character of the project, even if the cost of the work had proved to be double the amount which, upon a most careful and thorough survey, it has been found to be.

The Directors having been, from the commencement, alive to the importance of contracting, if possible, for the work at cash prices, have, from an early period, been engaged in considering the best means of raising a sufficient sum to complete the road at the earliest possible period; and they have resolved to avail themselves of the services of the Canada Company, who, through their Commissioner, Frederick Widder, Esq., have made a most liberal offer to act as agents of this Company, for the disposal of their Bonds in London, upon the most favorable terms which can be obtained in the English market.

The Canada Company ask no commission for this service, but have kindly undertaken to negotiate the securities of this Company without charge.

In order to avail themselves of the present favorable condition of the money market in England,the Directors have given orders to have their bonds prepared, which they hope shall be transmitted to London before the expiration of the present month; and, from the assurance which they have received that the Canada Company will do everything in their power to forward the interests of the Railway, the Directors feel a confidence that the Company will shortly be in funds, to secure the completion of the work with the utmost promptitude, and at cash prices.

The line of Road being now adopted, the Directors take this opportunity of impressing upon private parties and municipalities interested in the construction of the road, the importance of their coming promptly forward and aiding by their subscriptions a work with which the interest of this western section of the Province are so vitally interwoven. Though the road is small in extent it is a work of truly Provincial importance, for it cannot fail to be the main link in the great chain of Railways which will attract to Canada the extensive traffic which is increasing daily between the Eastern and Western States.

Municipalities should be especially prompt in subscribing; for, the excess of the Dividends over 6 pounds per cent which their stock will produce, will afford to them a fund wherewith to construct further projects of public improvement throughout their limits; and there is no doubt that the Bonds of the Company will bear a better price in the English market in proportion a municipalities, now authorized to subscribe, shall testify their faith in the value and importance ofthe work. The loan will be effected upon the bonds of the Company, for which the subscriptions, municipal and private, will be a collateral security; the greater, therefore, the amount of such subscriptions shall be, the greater will be the security that the bonds of the Company afford to the capitalist.

The Farmers along the line of road have exhibited a lively interest in its success, and have hitherto shown themselves most liberal in their dealings relative to the right of way.

The Directors hope that this spirit will continue, and that all parties will combine their influence to enable the Company to proceed with the work with energy, in the interval which must necessarily elapse before the bonds of the Company can be brought into the English market, or the disposition of capitalists to invest in them can be tested.

The Directors have made three calls of 10 pounds per cent. each, which they trust will be promptly paid as the same become due.

With a view to diminishing the cost attending the passage through the limits of the city upon a separate line from that of the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Railway Union Company. The Directors of this Company are in treaty with those of the latter, for the purpose of effecting an arrangement whereby the lines of both Companies may pass thought he city limits, and reach the waters of the Bay within the same fence, upon terms mutually advantageous to both Companies,and the Directors hope and believe, that there will be no difficulty in effecting such an arrangement, whereby also the interests of the citizens, in the preservation of the Park, will be regarded.

In concluding this report of their proceedings during the short period the Directors have been inoffice, they venture to express the hope that they have so far initiated matters, that the next annual general report to be made, will announce to the Stockholders the completion of the chief part of the road.

June 7 1852

John Duggan, Esq., moved, seconded by M.F. Hayes, Esq., that the Report just read be adopted, which was carried.

The Mayor then, as the functions of the retiring Board had ended, left the Chair to which M.P.Hayes, Esq., on motion of J.M. Strachan, Esq., was appointed. Mr. Alderman Thompson being requested to act as Secretary.

On the motion of Mr. Alderman Strachan, a by-law was adopted, authorizing the Board of Directors to fill up any vacancy occasioned by the resignation, death, or disqualification of any of the Directors during the interval between the annual meetings of the Company.

J. Duggan, C. Hancock, and Hugh Miller, Esqrs., being appointed scrutineers, the meeting proceeded to ballot for Directors.

The following gentlemen were chosen:

G. Herrick 1438
J.M. Strachan 1438
F. Widder 1435
S. Thompson 1432
G.J. Grange 1428
J.H. Cameron 1421
G. Duggan 1418
L. Moffat 1417
J. Hutchinson 1417
W. Gooderham 1416
E.F. Whittemore 1414
W.C. Gwynne 1409
A.M. Clarke 1370

Auditors — Rice, Lewis, E.C. Hancock, M.P. Hayes

The next three names on the ballot list stood as follows:

W.P. Howland 56
J. Fisken 20
J. Crawford 19

 Guelph Advertiser 15 April 1852

Grand Trunk Railway

In our correspondence published today will be found two letters relative to the route of the Toronto and Guelph Railroad. Much has been said and written on this subject; but the letters referred to are worthy of grave consideration.

The Township Council of Esquesing have advertised a By-Law for Stock in the above Railroad to the amount of 10,000 pounds; on condition that the Railroad shall pass through the village of Norval, to the village of Georgetown, (or between the village of Georgetown and the village of Stewarttown,) and to the village of Acton, with a station at each of the said villages, or between Georgetown and Stewartown and at Acton.

We have information from good authority, that this By-Law is not likely to pass — that a majority of the rate payers of Esquesing are likely to decide against it. If this be the case, it would certainly be for the interest of the Road, that it should take a more northerly route, passingthrough the upper part of Chinguacousy, touching Caledon, — thence to the village of Erin, — and thence almost through the centre of Eramosa to Guelph. This route would be somewhat farther than the proposed route through Esquesing; but the expense might be but little more; for the mountain and the high lands which would have been crossed in Esquesing would be avoided by the more northerly route; and the road might pass along the natural ….. between the two mountains in Erin. No survey of this route has yet been made – perhaps thought of only by few — yet if Esquesing refuse to take any stock; and Erin and Caledon offer to take ten thousand each … some attention. Chinguacousy had already spoken out for ten thousand. None will deny that a northern route will be more satisfactory to this district of country than a route running for some distance near the Lake; and above all, a northerly route will assuredly be the route best calculated to pay. These considerations should not be overlooked by the Railroad Directory; and though Erin and Caledon are rather late with their propositions, yet if Esquesing shall refuse to lend a helping hand to the Road, the voice from Erin and Caledon should not be disregarded.

Guelph Advertiser 27 May 1852

Toronto and Guelph Railroad

A meeting of the Directors of the Toronto and Guelph Railroad Company was held in Toronto on Friday last. Particulars of the business done have not been published; but we are informed that the Report which was laid before the Directors contains the intelligence that the road will cost 350,000 pounds instead of 250,000 pounds. One bridge, to be built of stone, over the Credit is estimated to cost 25,000 pounds. It is stated that the sum of 350,000 pounds will be sufficient to build the road in the most substantial manner, – all the bridges and culverts to be of stone, and the whole line to be constructed of the best and most durable materials.

Last year, it was stated by the parties who took the lead in placing this railroad project prominently before the public, that the road would certainly not cost more than 250,000 pounds, including rolling stock and every contingent expense. Now it is estimated the road will cost 350,000 pounds; and probably will really exceed even this sum. When the people of Guelph subscribed for 25,000 pounds stock, they did it on the full assurance that the road would not cost more than 250,000 pounds – and believing that that sum would be raised, and the road built, they assumed as much of the burden as the Town can bear. But if it is found that the road would not cost nearly as much again as was originally supposed, what is to be done? Are there no means of reducing the cost of the road? Can there not be some deviations to the right or to the left, by which the cost of way would be reduced? Have the estimates been formed with a view of the strictest economy? Could not, for instance, a strong and substantial wooden bridge be put over the Credit at a cost of 4,000 pounds or 5,000 pounds, instead of a stone bridge at a cost of 25,000 pounds? These are questions with which the Directors have more particularly to do – yet it is well that the people who are bound to pay the piper, should have a voice in choosing the tune. If the road is commenced on the plan of estimates making it cost 400,000 pounds, it will not be built for years. The money cannot be raised; and even if it could, the road at such a cost would not pay,but would be a dead weight on the unfortunate stockholders.

Another meeting of the Directors will be held at Toronto tomorrow (Friday). Their proceedings will probably be of great importance.

The Colonist gives the following items, relative to the last meeting of the Directors:

The Directors of the Toronto and Guelph Railway Company, met last week, to consider the estimates for the construction of the Railroad, and to determine the route. We understand that no decision was come to, at the meeting, and that the Board adjourned for a week, then to reassemble for the transaction of business. We further understand, that there were some lines run and that the comparative expense of their construction would be as follows, viz:

Guelph Advertiser 8 April 1852

Toronto and Guelph Railroad

The long expected meeting for the election of Directors of this Company, took place yesterday. The Stockholders, including the Reeve of Guelph, the Sheriff of Waterloo, and a number of other gentlemen from Guelph and the intervening country, assembled at noon, at the Company’s Office, Liddle’s Buildings, when the Mayor having taken the chair, the Report of the Provisional Directors was read by the Secretary, J.W. Gywnne, Esq., as follows:


Within the short period during which the Provisional Directors have been in existence, they can have but little to report.

They have, at the earliest period possible, called a meeting of the Stockholders for the purpose of electing Directors, whose duty it will be to proceed with vigour, to secure the completion of a road which the Provisional Directors regard as the commencement only of great railway enterprises, in the completion of which not only the city of Toronto, but the Province at large is interested.

In the hands of the future Directors of this Company will be reposed a most important trust, for which they will have to be responsible to the public.

The city of Toronto, although not the first city in the upper section of the Province to embark in reality in railway projects, proposes advantages for that purpose which require only energy in its inhabitants to avail themselves of. That the citizens of Toronto are alive to the importance of this work proposed to be constructed this Company has been manifested by the stock, which, as a Corporation, they have subscribed, and by the interest, also, which they daily exhibit in the proceedings of the Company.

The Provisional Directors conceiving it to be their duty to endeavor to advance the interests of the Company to the utmost extent of their power; and being impressed with an idea of the importance of procuring the co-operation of the Municipal Corporations, at first applied themselves to procuring such subscriptions, but after some labour lost in this attempt, they came to the conclusion that the municipalities throughout the line had not yet become alive to the importance of the work, and that to make them become so, it was necessary that, the work should be expedited so as to bring the advantages to their door, when it was expected that their interests would enlist them in the promotion of the project.

The Provisional Directors accordingly employed an engineer, and to defray the expenses attending the surveying and locating the line, a number of them pledged themselves to the amount of 50 pounds each, and were prepared to exceed that sum, if necessary, and they solicited and obtained subscriptions for the same purpose from other gentlemen not in the Board.

The Engineer has from time to time reported to the Board the progress of the survey, and has furnished a map of the country through which the line (as yet surveyed) passes, and he is at present engaged in making a survey of a line from Georgetown to Brampton, with a view to determining whether a favourable crossing at the Credit can be obtained on that route, and whether a saving of expense may not be effected, by avoiding altogether the valley of Etobicoke. The reports and maps are on the table, for the inspection of the stockholders.

The Directors are of opinion, that the interests of the Company would be materially advanced, if a loan could be negotiated at once for the whole amount necessary to ensure the speedy completion of the road; the cost of construction will, in their opinion, be materially diminished, if the Company shall be in a position to pay contractors wholly in cash, instead of in Municipal Debentures or in Stock, in either of which latter cases the Provisional Directors are of opinion that the loss upon the discount of Debentures, or upon the transfer of Stock, would have to be made good to the Contractors by an enhanced price for the work. A committee of Board was accordingly appointed, consisting of five, namely, John Fiskin, John G. Bowes, W.C. Gywnne, W.P. Howland, and E.F. Whittemore, Esqrs., to consider and report upon the best means of raising the necessary capital. They have been in communication with Mr. Widder on this important subject, and a lengthy correspondence has ensued, and the Committee have made a report, which will have to be considered without delay by the Directors selected today, and by which they recommend that the Canada Company be … through their Commissioner, Frederick Widder, Esq., to assist this Company in negotiating a loan in England upon the bonds of the Company, coupled with the deposit of Municipal Debentures in the proportion of two-thirds of the required loan. The Directors are in hope that the plan suggested, or some other similar one, will be adopted, and will be attended with favourable results. The papers and reports upon this subject are also laid on the table.

The Directors subjoin a statement of the Stock subscribed, and of the payments made on account thereof:

The City of Toronto 100,000 pounds
The Town of Guelph 25,000 pounds
The Township of Guelph 10,000 pounds
Private Stock 21,085 pounds

Amounting in the whole to 156,085 pounds.

And there had been paid into the hands of the Treasurer, upon account of the above Stock, in Municipal Debentures 13,500 pounds, and in private stock 1,610 pounds, amounting to 15,110 pounds.

The expenditure, as far as at present ascertained, including engineering expenses, amounts to 720 pounds.

J.G. BOWES, Chairman

The report having been adopted, it was decided to adjourn to the City Hall, for greater accommodation, in consequence of the large number present. Being there assembled the mayor requested the meeting to appoint a Chairman and Secretary, in order to proceed to the election of directors, whereupon J. Arnold, Esq., was called to the chair, and Ald. Thompson requested to act as Secretary.

J.W. Gwynne, Esq., then rose, and stated that he had drawn up certain By-Laws for the future regulation of business, which he read, and moved their adoption; the motion was seconded by E.F. Whittemore, Esq., and carried unanimously.

E.F. Whittemore, Esq., then moved that the meeting do proceed to the election of thirteen Directors and three Auditors; and that Messrs C. Hancock, J. Duggan and D. McDonell, do act as Scrutineers.

Dr. Clarke (of Guelph) spoke at some length of what had taken place with regard to the selection of Directors. He hoped that all that had passed would now be forgotten and buried in oblivion, and he only wished to refer to the circumstances as a guide for the future. He did not think that the Municipalities of Toronto or Guelph, ought to have the power of choosing all the Directors. If the private Stockholders were not to be represented or misrepresented, as the case might be, he thought it would have a very bad effect; the Municipalities ought to be represented merely as the other Stockholders were.

He strongly reprehended the conduct of certain parties who had attacked the Provisional Directors when they had no opportunity of defending themselves. He had heard things that he himself had said, merely in joke, and not binding upon him as a Director, brought against him in the Council, and he thought that if that continued it would have a most injurious effect. He did not consider that the Corporation at all represented the Stockholders. He then went on to speak of the conduct of His Worship the Mayor of Toronto, whom he complimented in the highest terms, saying that his conduct with regard to the Railroad had throughout been most upright and consistent, that he had always done his utmost for the undertaking, striving to advance it in the way that would be most conducive to the interests of Toronto, and, he believed, that had it not been for his active exertions, the road would never have been carried on. He was surprised when he came to Toronto, to find that men who, a few years ago would not subscribed even five dollars for the survey, now wished for directorships, or take stock, and to have the entire control of everything. As far as the Board of Directors was concerned, they had never attempted to point out any line, they only wished to carry out the work in good faith, and the minute books of the Board, which were then open for the inspection of the Stockholders, would show that they never had any intention of taking the road in any direction that would be injurious to Toronto. On this subject he wished to see the members of the Corporation put all personal or party considerations out of the question, and not think merely whether their conduct would influence their elections or popularity, but work together for the good of the undertaking, totally irrespective of such considerations. The Mayor had acted throughout upon this principle, and he hoped to see him sustained by the City Council. If there was any fault to be found with the Board of Directors after they were appointed, a meeting of the Stockholders should be called, and let the fault, whatever it was, be stated openly and honestly. He concluded by hoping that all past differences would be forgotten, and that the municipalities and the private stockholders would work together harmoniously, for unless they did so they could not succeed in their undertaking. (Applause).

R.H. Brett, Esq., said, that it was well known to many of the stockholders, that a great deal ofdissatisfaction existed because so much power was in the hands of the Mayor and the Council;and this was evident from the difficulty that the Collector found in getting the instalments on the stock paid up; and, in consequence of this want of confidence; a meeting of the private stockholders was held at which a list of qualified shareholders had been drawn up from whom the Mayor was requested to make his selection for Directors. He (Mr. Brett) considered that the only way in which the matter could be settled, to the satisfaction of all, would be, for the Mayor to vote merely on his own stock, and let the Directors be chosen by the stockholders generally. Unless this course were adopted, he thought a great deal of dissatisfaction would still prevail.

Mr. Crawford said that Mr. Brett did not appear to be aware that the Mayor was a Director, ex-officer, and further, that if he did take the course proposed by him (Mr. B), Dr. Clarke would have to do the same, and he thought that was too much to expect from either of them. He, forone, did not participate in the feeling expressed by Mr. Brett, nor did he think that it prevailed to the extent stated by him. (Applause) He (Mr. C.) thought the Mayor could make as good a selection as any of the stockholders; but whether he did so, or whether he merely appointed aportion of them, he (Mr. C.) would be equally well satisfied (Applause).

The motion being put, was carried; the balloting commenced forthwith, and was kept up till 3o’clock; the Scrutineers completed their duties at about 5 o’clock, when the following was declared to be the result:



E.F. Whittemore 1739
F. Widder 1738
W.C. Gwynne 1706
W.P. Howland 1697
Dr. Herrick 1671
Sheriff Grange 1657
J.M. Strachan 1664
J.H. Cameron 1647
L. Moffatt 1622
W. Gooderham 1602
S. Thompson 1553
G. Duggan 1510
J. Hutchison 1461




J. Maulson 1422
F. Perkins 1381
R. Lewis 1376


The best proof of the popularity of the above selection of Directors, will be found in the fact that after deducting the votes given for Toronto and Guelph, the majority on the Stockholders’s votes agrees exactly with the above result, with the exception of two names only – those of J. Fiskin and A.M. Clarke, Esquires, the first of whom had 313, and the latter 184 votes, which would have placed them respectively fifth and twelfth on the list, had the Mayor and the Reeves not voted at all.

Guelph Advertiser 4 March 1852

Toronto and Guelph Railroad

The following discussion is reported by the Toronto Patriot, to have taken place at a meeting of the city council, on the 23rd February:

Ald. Cameron drew the attention of the Council to his notice of motion for prohibiting the issue of any Debentures for the Toronto and Guelph Railroad until after the line had been finally decided. He had given that notice in consequence of a rumour prevalent in the city, that the railroad was to be taken by way of Port Credit. Having since understood that this notice was calculated to throw difficulties in the way of the Railroad, he now proposed to withdraw it. He had understood that two lines were ordered to be surveyed — one, through Milton, the other further north; but he since heard that the northern line only was directed to be surveyed, and that no further amount of Debentures would be called for than was necessary to pay the cost of survey, which would be within then per cent. He wished the Mayor to state whether or not these things were the facts.

The Mayor was glad of the opportunity of stating publicly, that he had never been spoken to by any member of the board of Directors in favour of the route by Port Credit; there was but one director at all interested in that line, and that gentleman had never mentioned the subject. However, in order to obviate the feelings which were abroad, against that route, the board had directed the engineer, who had himself previously reported against a southern route, to survey the northern route only. He (the Mayor) was so strongly opposed to the road going to Port Credit,that he would rather move to rescind the grant of 100,000 pounds, than consent to that line. — In fact, so far from wishing to commit the city hastily, he had never yet subscribed for the Stock taken by the city at all. — The provisional directors have no power to locate the line of road. As soon as 10 per cent of the required … paid in, new directors must be elected by the stockholders; and the present Board are anxious that at least three of those new directors, besides the Mayor, shall be members of the City Council.

Ald. Cameron remarked that the Mayor, if he pleased could immediately issue the whole 100,000 pounds Debentures on behalf of the City.

Ald. Boulton asked if the Mayor had, in the Board, supported the resolution to survey the northern route only?

The Mayor replied, that he had not because he thought it useless. The surveyor had originally reported that there … were three routes by which the road might be taken; the southern by way of Port Credit, being three miles longer than the others, and more difficult of construction, he considered impracticable. In fact, he had stated that there would be great difficulties in the way of getting across the mountain near Guelph at all. The other two lines he recommended for survey. He was then directed to survey the road from Guelph westward to the mountain; he stated that he must examine the mountain north and south of the original survey, in order to find the best place for a railroad. When a director afterwards proposed to limit the surveyor’s instructions to the northern line, he (the Mayor) thought it unnecessary; but from what had transpired since, he could understand the object of the resolution.

Mr Romain asked what objections there were to the route by Milton? Would that route necessarily require the railroad to be taken to Port Credit?

The Mayor replied that it would not.

Mr. Romain was surprised at the objection to go by way of Milton, as the road would then pass through the best part of the country.

Ald. Cameron was convinced that the citizens would never consent that the road should be carried so near the mouth of the Credit as Milton. He read the resolution of the Board of Directors, which had just been put into his hands by Dr. Clarke, which, after reciting the two routes, one by way of Milton to Guelph, the other by way of Georgetown, instructed the Surveyor to examine and report upon that by way of Georgetown. The Surveyor (Mr. Shanley), having been telegraphed thereof, had replied by the same mode, that he had called in his assistants accordingly. Being quite satisfied with the explanations of the Mayor, and with the action of the Board of Directors, he begged to withdraw his notice of motion.

Guelph Advertiser 1 September 1853

Railway Magnates

On Saturday last the following gentlemen left Toronto for Sarnia taking the route of the Railway between those places:

Robert Stephenson, Esq., M.P.; W. Jackson, Esq., M.P.; W.L. Betts, Esq., M.P.; Hon. F. Hincks; Hon,. J. Ross, Attorney General; Hon H. Killaly; Hon chancellor Blake; A.T. Galt, Esq., M.P.P.; Thomas Galt, Esq., Engineer Grand Trunk Railway Company; Mr. Roney, Secretary do; Walter Shanley, Esq., Engineering Toronto and Sarnia Section.

On Sunday morning they left Georgetown, and reached Guelph about 9 o’clock, where they breakfasted, an proceeded on to Berlin and westward.

A visit from these gentlemen will probably tend much to the advantage of this section of the Province, of which they have known nothing personally hitherto; but it scarcely comports with the character of Legislators or the dignity of the Sabbath, to thus pursue their purpose. A journey from Georgetown to Berlin, or futher, is more than “a Sabbath day’s journey.”

Guelph Advertiser 2 November 1854

Grand Trunk Railroad

At Georgetown a noble bridge will span the river and valley that run through the village, respecting which a correspondent of the Colonist writes as follows:

“This Bridge is undoubtedly one of great magnitude, but constructed in a very different manner from that described in our paragraph. The bridge is composed of 7 piers and two abutments, built of beautiful cut stone, got from a quarry on the side of the road about two miles west of this; the piers vary in size according to the height; the highest is about 120 feet, 40 by 24 feet at the base, and when finished will be 15 by 9 feet at the top — there is a space of 150 feet between each pier, making the length of the bridge 840 feet. An iron tube is to be put on the top of the piers. The trestle work is put up for the use of the workmen employed in constructing the masonry, and with a view to be used hereafter in putting up the tube; this alone will cost 5000 pounds. The tube comes from Liverpool in pieces, ready to be riveted together, and was shipped some time in August for Quebec, where it has probably arrived by this time”.

Railroad Meeting at Georgetown

Yesterday a public meeting of the inhabitants of Esquesing was held at Watson’s Hotel, Georgetown, for the purpose of taking into consideration various matters connected with the proposed Railroad from Toronto to Guelph.

A considerable number of Gentlemen from Toronto, Erin, Guelph, Nichol, and other localities attended the meeting. Amongst others who were present were, the Mayor of Toronto, J.Robinson, Esq., J. Duggan, Esq., J.W. Gwynne, Esq., — Clarke, Esq., of Toronto; Wm Young ,Esq., Reeve of Esquesing; Wm. Barber, Esq.; W. Clarke, Esq., D. McBain, Esq., W. Tyler, Esq.,of Erin; S. Smith, Esq., Reeve of Guelph, Messrs. Thorp, Hubbard, and Stevenson, Councillors; Mr. Sheriff Grange, Mr. Fergusson, M.P.P., Dr. Clarke, Col. Hewat, J. McCrea. Esq., J. Wright,Esq., J. Smith, Esq., B. Thurtell, Esq., Warden of the County of Waterloo, F. Kerr. Esq., F.Smith, Esq., J. Hodgert, Esq., J. Harland, Esq., of Guelph; Alex Harvey, Esq., of Fergus, — and a large number of other gentlemen with whose names we were unacquainted. — The foregoing, however, will give a correct idea of the character of the meeting.

W. Young, Esq, Reeve of Esquesing, was called to the chair, and Mr. R. Tracy was appointed Secretary.

The Chairman read the requisition calling the meeting, and briefly explained its object.

Mr. Sheriff Grange moved the first resolution:

“That the extent of country lying between the City of Toronto and the Town of Guelph possesses such advantages for Railroad communication as to make it a matter of paramount importance that the construction of a Railroad between Toronto and Guelph should no longer be deferred.”

That Railroads … great importance to a country, all must allow, but the great thing to prove was,that they would pay. Some people were disposed to believe that a Railroad from Toronto to Guelph would not pay: … which he thought would prove that the line would not only pay, but would bring a … upon the capital expended. This was a … to be said of a … into a back country, but it was nevertheless correct. His statistics were taken from the census of 1842, the returns of which were far below the census of 1851. He thought that be taking the total returns of 1849 as the gross amount of exports, the overplus now raised would serve a home consumption; so that the total amount of the produce raised in 1849 in the Townships along the line, and in several others in the Country of Waterloo beyond Guelph, as far as Bentinck, would go down the proposed line. The total amount of wheat raised in 1849, in the townships of Guelph, Woolwich, Nichol, Peel, Maryboro, Arthur, Normauby, Egremont, Bentinck, Gleneig, Garafraza, Eramosa, Erin, Puslinch, Nassagaweya, Esquesing, Waterloo, and Wellesley, amounted to 693,725 bushels. Now, calculating the carriage of each bushel of Wheat to Toronto, at a York sixpence per bushel, the amount dervied from the carriage of that article along, would be 10,839 pounds yearly. There would also be a variety of other produce go down the Line, Barley, Oats, Cheese, Butter, Pork, &c. The amount of Barley and Oats raised in the before named townships in 1849, was 522,452 bushels. Calculating the carriage of these at 2d per bushel, would give a return of 4,353 pounds. The number of barrels of Pork, exported in 1849, was 4,751 — a return very much under the realquantity — he would not be overstating the amount if he said that 10,000 barrels of Pork would go down the line annually; these, at 1s 10 per barrel, would give the amount of 937 pounds. — He was satisfied that this was not an over estimate, for he knew that during the last year, the Pork sent from the Township of Guelph alone amount to 1900 barrels. then as to the passenger traffic: the present travel between the locality of Toronto and these parts, was carried on by 13 daily stages. It was well known, that a Railroad always increased the amount of passenger traffic; and it would not be too much to say, that 20 persons would travel the line daily, which at a rate of 6s each, would give 2,190 pounds per annum. The amount of Cheese sent to market in 1849, was 28, – 622 lbs; Butter, 164,000, which at 2s 6d per cwt would return 190 pounds. The carriage of Beef, Mutton, Vegetables, and Roots, &c., would amount to 1500 pounds. The carriage of Store Goods to Guelph, would amount at least to 1000 pounds; and to the upper country, 1000 pounds. He arrived at this conclusion from the enquiries recently made by several gentlemen in Guelph, who had ascertained that the amount of tonnage of Store Goods brought annually into Guelph, was somewhat over 2000 tons. Supposing that half of this tonnage would come from Toronto,and half from Hamilton, the return at 1 pound per ton, would be 1000 pounds for carriage of merchandise from Toronto; and it would not be too much to calculate upon 1000 tons more being brought from Toronto for the supply of people in the upper country. In addition to this there would be at least 12,000 Barrels of Salt brought annually from Toronto producing for carriage 750 pounds. The total amount from these various items of traffic, would be 22,750 pounds. He might farther observe, that he had not calculated any returns from the carriage of Cord Wood, Stone, and Lime — all very important articles to the people of Toronto. Giving the carried of Cordwood to the Northern Railroad, a large amount of Stone would be carried from Guelph andother townships on … to the people of Toronto. Giving the carriage of Cordwood to the Northern Railroad, a large amount of Stone would be carried from Guelph and other townships on the line, and would be of great benefit to Toronto, for he understood they were at this time actually grubbing in Lake Ontario for stone to finish the Cathedral now being erected. He was satisfied that the total amount of the traffic he had particularized, was far below what it would really be. —

Now, the total cost of the proposed Railroad was estimated at 200,000 pounds; the interest upon which would be 12,000 pounds. The expense of keeping up the cars might be estimated at 80 pounds per mile — which, for 50 miles, made the total amount 4000 pounds. Allowing 1000 pounds for repairs of road, and 1700 for contingent expenses, and deducting all these items from the total amount of returns before named, would leave a clear profit of 9 per cent for the shareholders, upon the capital expended. He believed the value of Store Goods now sent annually into Guelph, was 50,000 pounds. Including the upper country, he believed it was 100,000 pounds. At least half of this amount would be spent with Toronto merchants and say half with Hamilton, &c. (A voice — “the whole will go to Toronto.”) When the Line was completed at least 50,000 pounds a year would be spend in Toronto, that was not spent there now; and the farmers of Guelph and of other townships along the line would gain a York shilling a bushel for their wheat over what they now obtained — with a proportionate increase on all kinds of produce. He had much pleasure in proposing the resolution he had before read.

The resolution was seconded by Charles Kennedy, Esq., and carried unanimously.

James Cotton, Esq., moved the next resolution:

“That while the construction of this road will increase to an incalculable extent the import and export trade of Toronto, the terminus upon Lake Ontario, the Farmers in the country will also derive incalculable benefit from its construction by reason of a new and convenient market being thereby opened to them for the sale of their produce and for the purchase of the articles of consumption.”

He believed the proposed Railroad would be of such great benefit to the line of country through which it passed, and that such benefits were so generally admitted, that he would not take up the time of the meeting by making any further observations.

John McCrea, Esq., seconded the resolution. He had no doubt whatever that the proposed Railroad would pay. It was only reasonable to suppose that with increased facilities of intercourse there would be an increased amount of traffic; and that as the back country became settled, a continually increasing amount of merchandise must pass along this line of railroad. From there turns which Mr. Grange had laid before the meeting, it appeared perfectly clear the road would pay. He had, however, no hesitation in saying that the returns referred to, were very much below what they would really be this year; and in three years from this, he had no doubt those returns would be doubled, if not trebled. Now, if it were correct — and he believed it was — that 200,000 pounds would build the road; and if with the amount of traffic based upon the census of 1849, a clear profit of nine percent was shown, what would the profit be when the traffic was double theamount of 1849. Then, besides the direct profit, there would be great indirect benefit derived. Property in the city of Toronto would be much increased in value, because the Railroad would surely induce a large population in that city; and property along the line of the Road, and in the adjoining townships, would be also much increased in value. No person who had travelled overthe road he had that morning, would say, that better roads were not desirable — or that more easy means of communication would not induce a larger amount of travel. Instead of the corduroy crossings he had come over, he hoped soon to see a level road, with different sleepers to those at present in use, and iron “string-pieces” on the top. It had been long proved, beyond a doubt, that the natural effect of Railroads was to produce and increase wealth. This had been fully demonstrated by our neighbors across the lines; and there was nothing, in our climate, or our soil, or anything else, to keep us from progressing as they had done — nothing, except our own want of spirit and enterprise. He was perfectly satisfied, that by the building of this Railroad, the farmers would be directly benefitted by it, to a greater extent than they would be taxed on its account. The farmers of Guelph gave the subject their serious consideration before they gave their approval of it. He himself was determined not to support it, until he saw his way clearly; but the more he had examined it, the more he was satisfied, and would cordially second their solution.

The Mayor of Toronto saw by the movements and nods of several gentlemen opposite, that he was expected to say something, — but he really did not think, after the very able speech of the gentlemen who moved the first resolution, that he need say much more in favour of the enterprise. On account of the statistics given by Mr. Grange being so full and satisfactory he would depart from his intended course, and make but few observations. There was one matter, however, to which he would direct attention: Immigration. On an average, there were 300,000 emigrants — yearly — landed in New York, which emigrants legitimately belonged to Canada. There were various reasons why Canada did not get them. — The first was that they knew if they came to Canada, they could not get that employment which we ought to be able to give, on account of not having those public improvements going on which we ought to have; consequently they came not hither, but remained in the States to swell the ranks of those whose interests were opposed to Canada. This state of things need not be, if we would only unitedly put our shoulders to the wheel. When the Railroads now in contemplation were going forward and completed, a very large amount of the emigrants now passing through New York to the Western States, would be transferred to Canada; and when the Line from Toronto to Goderich was completed, that route would be the best which could possibly be made in the Western States, and would be used by hundred of thousands of Immigrants, as well as those who intended to settle in Canada or those who intended to locate in the Minnesota territory, Wisconsin, &c. The … immigrants, as well as those who intended to settle in Canada or those who intended to locate in the Minnesota territory, Wisconsin, &c. The great immigration in the States was mainly owing to the facilities of transit, in which Canada was so greatly deficient. Travellers who come here apparently to “spy out the nakedness of the land,” tell the British population that whilst there are more then 10,000 miles of railroad in the States, there are only 22 miles of railroad in Canada; and hence to a great extent, arose the prosperity of our neighbors. The Public Works of Canada had cost the sum of 4,500,000 pounds; and that was the amount derived from them? They did not pay more than 1 per cent! Whilst the farmers were paying the sum of 12 per cent duty upon imported articles, which duty if we had the contemplated Railroads, would be diminished in the same ratio as the income from the public works would be increased. He was not jealous of the city of Hamilton, though as a Toronto merchant perhaps he had cause to be, because Hamilton was likely very soon to have its railway – or a part of it – completed. But if matters went forward now, as the feeling of this meeting seemed to indicate, Toronto would get a Railroad to Guelph, if not to Goderich, completed, before the whole of the Great Western could be got in working order. The farmers of Canada had been, as it were, too long asleep, and the country had been to much agitated with politics — but he hoped the time was now come when they were waking up, and when the principal politics discussed would be railroad politics.

The resolution was carried unanimously.

The following resolutions were respectively moved and seconded by the parties named; and were all carried unanimously. We have not time or space to give even an outline of the remaining speeches, and must therefore defer them till next week. They were too important to be lost.

Dr. Clarke moved and Mr. Holmes of Chinguacousy seconded —

“That from the information an explanations given, it is decidedly the opinion of this meeting that the proposed railroad from Toronto to Guelph is one that will amply repay the stockholders, besides the indirect advantages otherwise conferred upon the country around.”

John Smith, Esq., of Guelph, moved and J. Robinson, Esq., of Toronto seconded —

“That extensive improvements of this kind, requiring a large amount of capital, and in which the interests of the county are so deeply involved, can most effectually be constructed by the different Municipalities along the line of road; and this meeting pledges itself to use the utmost exertions toget the necessary stock taken up.”

Wm. Barber, Esq., moved and S. Kennedy, Esq., seconded —

“That the following gentlemen, namely Rufus Adams, W. Clay, P.W. Dayford, Geo. Kennedy and J. Young, be a committee for the Township of Esquesing, for the purpose of entering into communication with the Provincial Directors of the Company, with the view of promoting the interests of the Company, and of carrying into effect the objects of this meeting.  A vote of thanks was given to the chairman and the meeting then separated.

Guelph Advertiser, 11 September 1854

Guelph Advertiser 5 July 1855

Progress of the Esquesing Section of the Grand Trunk Railway

This section of this important enterprise is rapidly progressing to completion. The Contractors have made every effort during the present season, and the weather being favourable they have, with the number of laborers in their employ, done much in grading. The bridges too are being proceeded with, and are rapidly going on to completion. The abutments at the River Credit are nearly ready to receive the iron bridging, and the workmanship is of the best manner.

Mr. Ross, the Chief Engineer, and Mr. Stanley, passed over the works during the week, and it is confidently expected that this, the most difficult and expensive section of the work will be forwarded as far as circumstances will admit.

The improvement recently in the Stock, notwithstanding the efforts that have been made in a certain quarter to depreciate the enterprise is a source of satisfaction, and particularly when such advance has taken place in the face of the last call made for stock. — The claim of Mr. Graham Lawson against the Company for damages sustained to his Mill, and also for right of way, has been settled by George Harland, John McNaughton and Charles Allan, Esquires, as Arbitrators, awarding to Mr. Lawson the sum of five hundred and sixteen pounds cy., and although he claimed a much greater sum, yet he appeared satisfied with the award. Mr. Lawson and others will benefit much by completion of the road. A similar claim was preferred by John B. and P.W. Dayfoot, Esquires, before John Harland, and James Allan, Esquires and John White, ex M.P.P., and the sum of nine hundred and eighty-four pounds was awarded to them. The Grand Trunk Railway Company are bound also to make good damages complained of by Messrs. Dayfoot to the amount of fifty-three pounds cy., making in all the sum of one thousand and thirty-six pounds cy.,awarded.

We may mention also, that the Messrs. Patterson have taken the Contract for the constructing of the requisite Buildings for the Depot, on the admirable site selected for that purpose at this place, on the property of our enterprising neighbours, P.W. Dayfoot and Geo. Kennedy, Esq’rs. The prospects of improvement here during the present year are indicative of the energy of the inhabitants and Georgetown will, in common with other towns on the line of Grand Trunk, benefit much by the undertaking, as it will afford means of transit for the products of the country to the best market. The Farmers in the interior will benefit largely also, and the nominal sum advanced by the Province to forward the work, will scarcely be complained of under the circumstances – Georgetown Champion.

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