[Killaly to Raasloff, 20 Jun 1854]PUBLIC WORKS, QUEBEC, 20th June, 1854.
The object is such that if it cannot be carried out thoroughly, nothing is done, but as we have spoken of, the object is if possible to accomplish a Channel suitable for a vessel drawing 10 feet to pass down in safety, for such, less breadth than 200 feet of a moderate straight course would not be considered ample, and now that the River is about to be opened to our American friends, the importance of it is becoming greater; should, however, it be found impracticable to obtain such, it will then be fixed positively what can be effected with certainty.
I need hardly point out to you how indispensably necessary it is that you should establish safe and permanent marks of reference at head of each rapids, with the view, not only of shewing, during the course of operations, how the levels at the heads may be affected by our operations, but which will serve also as permanent standards, by which the trade will be governed as to what depth they can carry down at the respective levels of the river, in high, middling or low water.
Your most obedient servant,
(Signed,) H. H. KILLALY.
Wm. Raasloff, Esquire,
Coteau Landing, Canada East.
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