Report of Messrs. Maillefert and Raaslof, Civil Engineers, upon the Examination and Survey of the River St. Lawrence, from Prescott to the head of the Lachine Canal, and certain experimental blasting operations made during the summer of 1854.
Table of Contents

Title Page
Table of Contents
Maps Accompanying this Report
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honorable the Executive Council, dated 18th October, 1854, approved by His Excellency the Governor General, in Council, on the same day.
Instructions for J. B. Jarvis, Esquire, Civil Engineer, on the subject of a Canal between the River St. Lawrence and Lake Champlain.
STATEMENT shewing the Cost of a Survey for a Canal to connect the River St. Lawrence with Lake Champlain.
Report of Edward H. Tracy, Esquire, Civil Engineer.
Report of John B. Jarvis, Esquire, Civil Engineer.
Report of Messrs. Maillefert and Raaslof, Civil Engineers, upon the Examination and Survey of the River St. Lawrence, from Prescott to the head of the Lachine Canal, and certain experimental blasting operations made during the summer of 1854.
[Introduction]
1. Surveying Operations.
2. The Width and Depth of the Channel.
3. The Low Summer Water
4. The Experimental Blasting Operations.
5. The Estimates of Cost.
RECAPITULATION
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 9 Sep. 1853]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Commissioners of Public Works, 26 Oct. 1853]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 20 May 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 5 May 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Killaly, 5 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 6 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 14 Jun 1854]
[Raasloff to Killaly, 14 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Commissioners of Public Works, 4 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Commissioners of Public Works, 27 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 29 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 4 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]
[List of Instruments from Public Works, 29 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 29 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]
[Wulff, Elliott, Bell, Blenham to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 2 Sep 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 66 Sep 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 6 Nov 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 30 Nov 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 30 Jun 1853]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 5 Sep 1853]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 29 Sep 1853]
[Killaly to Raasloff, 20 Jun 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 15 Sep 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 20 Nov 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 5 Dec 1854]
Tender for Improving the Rapids of the St. Lawrence.
No. 1. Estimate of the Cost of Surveying "Coteau," "Cascades," and "Lachine Rapids," &c.
[Articles of Agreement, Maillefert & Raasloff and Crown, 18 Oct 1853]
[Articles of Agreement, Maillefert & Raasloff and Crown, 9 Dec 1854]
SCHEDULE A. List of Boats and other material purchased by the undersigned Maillefert & Raaslof, for use in their Exploration of the Rapids of the River St. Lawrence.
[Articles of Agreement, Maillefert & Raasloff and Crown, 9 Sep 1854]
SCHEDULE A. List of Boats and other materials purchased by the undersigned, for use in their Exploration of the Rapids of the River St. Lawrence.
Table A.

[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 4 Aug 1854]

QUEBEC, 4th August, 1854.

SIR,-The undersigned have had the honor in their former communications to the Department, especially in their letters respectively of 24th and 27th of June last, to call your attention to the insufficiency of the sum of 2000 originally appropriated for the survey of the St. Lawrence Rapids, they beg now most respectfully to lay before you the following statements of disbursements made by them up to 1st of this month, for which proper vouchers can be presented to the Department whenever desired, to wit

For outfit 1186 12 3
For surveying operations proper, April and May 107 18 1
June 220 4 0
328 0 1
Total 1514 12 4

The disbursements to be made by the undersigned in the course of the present month, for outfit and for the surveying operations proper during the month of July, will amount to about 500; consequently the sum of 2000, originally estimated for these operations, will be entirely exhausted by the expenditure incurred up to the 1st of August. It is, as on several occasions we have had the honor of explaining, the insufficiency of the materials furnished by the Department for these operations, which placed us in the necessity of going to the considerable expenditure for outfit above stated, and which, together with the delays occasioned the lateness of the season, and the extraordinary high prices of labor, and all necessaries, has increased the cost of these operations so much beyond what was originally contemplated.

We need not insist upon the fact that any delay in procuring the material strictly wanted for the operations would have occasioned a loss of time, which could not at any price be recovered; and having in view only the progress and satisfactory execution of the work, we had no hesitation in procuring the material, which we found to be absolutely necessary, convinced at the same time that the Department would take our motives in doing so into consideration, and not allow us to suffer pecuniary loss in consequence of the zeal with which we had tried to forward a work of great importance, in the success of which we knew the Department to take the most lively interest.

We now therefore confidently thrust ourselves upon the generosity of the Department, and respectfully solicit that they would be please to take off our hands the material belonging to our outfit, which has been produced and paid by us to the amount above mentioned of 1186 12s. 3d., and that consequently, and to this effect, the Department would authorize us to send in vouchers for the material and to the amount mentioned, together with an act of transfer; and that upon the vouchers, &c., having been examined and found correct, the Department would order the amount to be refunded to us. We trust that in consideration of what we have had the honor of stating above, as well as in our former communications, the excellent quality and general usefulness on the Canals of the material procured by us, and also the satisfactory progress of the work, which could not have been attained without the material mentioned, nor without the most strenuous efforts and exertions from our side, the Department will be pleased to grant the above request. In case, however, the Department should not be pleased to grant this request, we beg most respectfully to solicit that for the same reasons which we have stated above the Department will be pleased to allow the sum of 3000 instead of 2000, as originally estimated and appropriated, to be spent by us on the operations towards exploring the Rapids of the St. Lawrence. We need not mention that with the present extraordinary high prices on everything, it will still require a most severe economy on our part to meet the expenses necessarily connected with the surveying and blasting operations, which we desire to extend as late in the season as the climate will permit, with a view of being able to submit as full and satisfactory a Report as possible.

Expressing the wish that you would favor us with an early answer to this letter, addressed to Coteau Landing,

We have the honor to remain,
Sir,
Your most obedient servants,
MAILLEFERT & RAASLOFF.
Thomas A. Begly, Esquire,
Secretary, Department Public Works.

 


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