John W. Gilchrist
is a copy of a letter sent to Puslinch Township Council, written by John W.
Gilchrist in Puslinch on May 24th 1890. It was jointly signed by John W. Gilchrist,
William Zimmerman, John McDonald, William J. Little, and Peter Gilchrist.
To the Reeve and
honourable Council of the Township
of Puslinch, in council
We, your humble
petitioners, most respectfully direct the attention of your august body to an
embankment on side road between lots 10 and 11 about 150 yards north of the 2nd
concession. This embankment, though
several feet high and nearly 50 feet in length, is unrailed
and in places scarcely 7 feet in width.
Thanks to the care of a benign Providence,
we have so far escaped personal injury.
And, though we most firmly believe that your united supplications for
the protection of Providence in our behalf would result in our being guided
over this embankment by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night,
yet a moderate grant to widen and rail that said embankment would be
sufficient for our personal safety and would also be the exercise of those
functions of magnanimity and fostering care with which your honourable body
has so long been associated. And
further, in our humble opinion, such action would furnish our esteemed
commissioners another opportunity to display to the travelling public that
administrative ability and constructive skill which has been so marked a
feature of their service in this locality.
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