Excerpts from the Minutes of Friday 9th April 1847
The Great Staple of your Trade and Revenue has heretofore been the carriage of Corn, Flour, Oatmeal and other descriptions of Agricultural product from the interior to Dublin for home consumption or for Export.
From the insecurity of transit, Escorts of Military and Police became necessary, and although every disposition was shown on the part of the authorities to afford all practicable facility, the delays which unavoidably ensued, and the time lost by the Traders….
a very considerable amount of this traffic, which would otherwise have passed upon the canal, as well as the important revenue which should have resulted from it, were alike
cost to you. Some expense has also in reference to this particular been unavoidably incurred in providing the requisite accommodation for the Military and Police employed in escorting the Boats.
A further difficulty…..
27th July 1847