f ocean, by forts and fortifications from Maine to Florida, by a navy which has cost hundreds of millions, the Northern frontier, not less important, is entirely defenceless, and within easy cannon-range for hundreds of miles of a foreign territory.
The North-west cheerfully pays her proportion for the defence of the Atlantic, and will pay further large appropriations now required.
But we ask, in justice, that the Northern frontier should be secured.
He then read a memorial of ex-President Fillmore and others, showing the exposed condition of Lake Erie, and showed that the lakes by the Canadian canals were accessible to British gunboats, and the lake cities and commerce were exposed to destruction.
This canal will enable us to place our gunboats on the lakes.
He read a letter from Admiral Porter, showing that we had now afloat more than fifty gunboats which could pass from the ocean to the lakes by this canal.
He then presented the importance—fiscal, commercial, and agricu