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Labour May 1, 1834 p. 1, col. 1-3

Letter from "Somebody" dealing with problems of journeyman mechanics crowded boarding houses. Urges formation of a society of mechanics like the one in York.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour May 1, 1834 p. 2, col. 4

Comparison of the value of the dollar in the United States and Canada in terms of shillings. States that wages for labourers in the United States are actually no better than those in the Canadas.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour May 18, 1834 p. 3, col. 3

John Ives complains about his recent appearance in the court of requests to answer the complaint of a sailor who wanted back wages. Ives refers to maritime custom of no sailor being paid for less than a month's service. He refers to a similar case involving Harper of the steamer St. George.

British Whig
Labour May 21, 1834 p. 3, col. 2

The Kingston Mechanics are opposed to penitentiary manufacturing. It is noted that C.A. Hagerman supports the Kingston Penitentiary.

British Whig
Labour May 17, 1834 p. 2, col. 1

Report in Quebec Mercury that some mechanics in Quebec have tried to form a trade union. The paper disapproves of trade unions. Reference to the "Tolpuddle Martyrs" of Dorsetshire.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Jun. 3, 1834 p. 3, col. 5

Jacob Hillman of Bath gives notice that his apprentice John Leeson (Leson) has run away.

British Whig
Labour June 17, 1834 p. 3, col. 1

Report that the journeyman tailors of Montreal have formed a union and demand a specific wage from all employers.

British Whig
Labour Aug. 1, 1834 p. 2, col. 5

Regulations pertaining to work on the St. Lawrence Canal.

British Whig
Labour Sept. 23, 1831 p. 2, col. 5

Two workers were injured and one was killed at a cave-in of Mr. Harvey's section of the canal.

British Whig
Labour Oct. 14, 1834 p. 2, col. 4, 5

In the Toronto election a shoemaker named Beatty nominated James E. Small, urging his "fellow mechanics" to vote for him.

British Whig
Labour Nov. 11, 1834 p. 2, col. 5

An employee of Freeland, soap boiler (sic), was accidentally scalded to death while drunk.

British Whig
Labour Nov. 29, 1834 p. 3, col. 1

In an article on the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company it is urged that the water carters be paid.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Dec. 12, 1834 p. 3, col. 3

Report in the Cornwall Observer that an "unpleasant feeling" has existed among contractors and labourers and a strike occurred when the employers cut the wages of the workers by 10 shillings per month during the winter.

British Whig
Labour Dec. 16, 1834 p. 2, col. 4

A man was killed near Milleroche from a cave in. The Cornwall Observer urges contractors to take safety measure.

British Whig
Labour Dec. 19, 1831 p. 3, col. 2

"Mechanics" meeting in Quebec in the occasion of the Lower Canada Assembly's denial of public funds to the governor and council. A group was formed to support the Quebec Constitutional Association.

British Whig
Labour Jan. 13, 1835 p. 2, col. 1, 2

The canal contractors near Cornwall petitioned Sir John Colborne to have military stationed nearby during the construction of the works. Colborne refused but promised that the magistrates should check any turbulent proceedings in canal construction and that 3 or 4 companies of militia might be selected and supplied from Kingston.

British Whig
Labour Jan. 16, 1835 p. 2, col. 5

A meeting of Kingston 'mechanics' was held at Bamford's Steamboat Hotel to discuss possible competition from Kingston Penitentiary inmates. Resolutions were passed and a committee formed to correspond with other 'mechanics' throughout the colony. Members of the committee are A.J. Ferns, Geo. Webster, John Culler., John Spence, Elihu Perry, John Milner, Charles Sewell, Henry Oliver James Meagher, Azel Cook, Thomas Smith Geo. Bathgate, Wm. Lyall, John McLeod.

British Whig
Labour Jan. 17, 1835 p. 3, col. 3

James Meagher, Azel Cook, Thomas Smith Geo. Bathgate, Wm. Lyall, John McLeod.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Jan. 17, 1835 p. 3, col. 3

Petition to U.C. assembly by mechanics of Kgtn. opposing competition from penitentiary labour.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Jan. 23, 1835 p. 3, col. 3

Robert Jeffers opposes the products of convict labour being sold in competition with ordinary workers' products; he believes it should be exported.

British Whig
Labour Feb. 2, 1835 p. 3, col. 3

E.J. Barker states that his printing establishment is run by five boys and a girl, ranging in age from eleven to seventeen years.

British Whig
Labour Feb. 11, 1835 p. 3, col. 2

Public meeting of mechanics of Kingston at Wellington Inn as Meagher's long room to discuss the best means of preventing harm to Kingston mechanics by competition from Kingston penitentiary labour.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Feb. 11, 1835 p. 3, col. 2

Meeting held at Wellington Inn by Kgtn. mechanics, chairman Henry Oliver, secretary, John Cullen. Meeting called to discuss letter from C.A. Hagerman regarding the Kgtn. penitentiary.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Feb. 14, 1835 p. 3, col. 3

Motion by Donald Urquhart and Thomas Smith that employment of trades in the penitentiary would be unfair competition.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Feb. 16, 1835 p. 3, col. 2, 3

Meeting of mechanics at Wellington's Inn re. the Penitentiary labour issue. A committee listed trades that would be affected by competition from convict labour and will present the list to Christopher A. Hagerman, M.P.

British Whig
Labour Feb. 26, 1835 p. 2, col. 4

The governor in chief, Lord Aylmer, instructed the Ordnance Department to make out tables of the prices of agricultural produce and the wages of manual labour for the year 1834. The tables are to be sent to the Colonial Office.

British Whig
Labour May 12, 1835 p. 3, col. 1

Meeting of Toronto mechanics and tradesman re Kingston Penitentiary, held at the town hall. William Atkinson was chairman. William Ketchum was secretary. Resolution passed supporting Kingston tradesmen and mechanics in their objection to competition from convict labour. Those present included: James Armstrong, Philip Cooper, J. Trent, Malcolm McLellan, Mathew Stone, John M. Murchison, James Mathers, Edward Robinson, David Hepbourne, Robert Emery, James Beatty, James Shannon.

British Whig
Labour May 21, 1835 p. 2, col. 4, 5

Kingston tradesmen and mechanics in their objection to competition from convict labour. Those present included: James Armstrong, Philip Cooper, J. Trent, Malcolm McLellan, Mathew Stone, John M. Murchison, James Mathers, Edward Robinson, David Hepbourne, Robert Emery, James Beatty, James Shannon.

Chronicle and Gazette
Labour Apr. 6, 1835 p. 3, col. 1

The Cornwall Observer notes that 200 labourers have gone through town to meet with Mr. Penny and to compel the foreman to abide by certain rules they had agreed on. The paper threatens the labourers with imprisonment.

British Whig
Labour Apr. 11, 1835 p. 3, col. 2

Kingston mechanics' meeting to prepare petitions against the penitentiary in response for a letter from C.A. Hagerman, head of the U.C. Parliament penitentiary committee. Report signed by mechanics John Cullen and Charles Sewell.

Chronicle and Gazette

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