[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 5 May 1854]MONTREAL, 5th May, 1854.
DEAR Sir,-The undersigned are now repairing a scow belonging to the Board of Public Works, and lying at the head of Williamsburg Canal, and intend to have her brought down to the head of Lachine Canal in the course of next week; they therefore solicit from the Department an order to the effect to allow this scow to pass through the St. Lawrence Canals free from charge. They will, in the course of their operations towards exploring the Rapids, from time to time, have to bring their scows, barges and boats through the Canals, and beg to suggest that a general order or pass be granted by the Department to the effect that scows, barges and boats belonging to them, and used by them in the above mentioned operations, may hereafter, and during the whole of the present season, be considered as belonging to the Board of Public Works, and be allowed to pass through the St. Lawrence Canals free of charge.We have the honor to remain,
Your obedient servants,
MAILLEFERT & RAASLOFF.
Thomas A. Begly, Esquire,
Secretary. P. S.-Address: St. Lawrence Hall, Montreal.
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