|Wednesday, June 2, 1852||The Examiner (Toronto)||Page 3, col. 1|
Toronto and Guelph Railroad.
On Thursday last [May 27] a public meeting was convened by the Mayor, in compliance with a requisition, to change the best route from the Toronto and Guelph Railroad, in which the city is deeply interested. His Worship the Mayor took the chair at half-past 7 p.m., at which time a considerable number of gentlemen had assembled, and explained the object of the meeting. The Mayor also referred to a statement of the comparative cost of each of the routes surveyed, which is as follows:
Cost per mile. Aggregate cost. Southern Route by Milton £[illegible—?,144] [illegible—387,000] Central route by Humber, crossing at Lambton and Credit at Meadowvale, ten miles from the mouth 7,000 Brampton Route by the Humber 6,700 310,000 Brampton Route by Weston 6,300 301,000
Mr. Alexander Dixon then moved a resolution in favour of the Northern route by , Weston, Brampton and Georgetown, seconded by Mr. Atkinson.
Mr. Dixon's resolution was negatived, and the following moved by Mr. W. H. Boulton, seconded by Mr. J. D. Ridout, was adopted almost unanimously:
That this meeting having every confidence in the Board of Directors of the Toronto and Guelph Railroad Company, consider it inexpedient to prescribe any particular line as the one to be adopted, though they have no hesitation in declaring it to be their opinion, that the most northerly route is most desirable in other respects, if considered most eligible by the Directors.
At a meeting of the Directors of the Company held on the following day [May 28], a decision was [illegible] in accordance with the recommendation of the resolution of the public meeting, in regard to the route,—that which is denominated the Northern Route having been adopted. Fourteen of the sixteen Directors were present, and the vote in favour of the Northern Route was carried by 13 to 1. There is nothing of greater importance than that careful attention should be paid to the selection of the line best [ .. illegible .. ] of advantage to the interests of the Company. That which has been adopted has, it will be seen, the advantages of cheapness in the construction; and, we cannot doubt, when as much animosity existed in coming to the decision, that in other respects the Northern route will be most likely to harmonize with the public interests.