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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC JOURNAL 1857-1862
The Willimantic Journal
An Independent, Local, Family Newspaper.
Published Every Saturday Morning
Office in Franklin Building, Up Stairs
930. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: The Connecticut Generals. We are informed by the Register, that Brigadier Generals Horatio G. Wright and Darius N. Couch are old New Haven residents. The former was a Chapel street clerk in 1836, and the latter in 1840. They went to West Point and have risen to their present position. Gen. Wright was clerk for Justin Redfield, and has remained in the army since his appointment to the Military academy. Gen. Couch graduated from the Academy in 1846, in Gen. McClellan's corps, and afterwards resigned out of the army but was the late commandant of the 9th Massachusetts Regiment. Besides these Generals, New Haven furnished Brigadier General Benham, now Rosencranz's righthand man in Western Virginia. He was a native of Cheshire or Meriden, and an apprentice in this office about thirty years ago. He was appointed to West Point, and has turned out to be a very superior officer. Brigadier General Totten, Chief of the Engineer Corps, is also a New Havener, and Brigadier General Mansfield was from here, and belongs to one of our oldest families, though his home has been for many years in Middletown. Brigadier General Sedgewick is not from Litchfield, as erroneously stated, but from Cornwall, where he still retains his home. - New Haven, Journal
931. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Southern Non-Slaveholders. There is a little question that slavery, and that alone, is the cause of the rebellion. The people of South Carolina, and perhaps of one or two other States, may have been somewhat disaffected on account of the tariff question, but that has never been more than a collateral or side issue. Had the institution of slavery never been in existence, or had the South learned to manufacture their cotton as well as to grow it they would never have quarreled with the Government about a tariff. As the slaveholders are but a fraction of the white population of the South -being only about 350,000, men women and children - it seems unaccountable at first blush that the non-slaveholders of that region should support them in their efforts to perpetuate and extend an institution which cannot possibly benefit them, but which will rather impose new burthens upon themselves and children. Slavery in its nature is a monopoly - more so than any other species of property, for it commands more influence and builds up individual greatness in the same degree that it treads upon individual rights - and ownership must necessarily be confined to the few. There are really but two classes of people in the world - those who can live without work and those who cannot. The slaveholder belongs eminently to the first class, and the rest of the Southern community to the other. A skillful mechanic may command respectable wages at the South but the man who depends entirely upon the unskilled labor of his hands and strength fares poorly. We know an able-bodied young men of twenty-five, who, once finding himself somewhere on the banks of the James River, Virginia, in adverse circumstances, endeavored to find employment, and after a short search found it at the remunerative sum of $4 per month and board! This was in the great and wealthy State of Virginia. Where, in any free State would a strong and healthy man be offered such a price as this for his labor? Yet these are the kind of men the South must depend upon to fight their battles in behalf of slavery. We think we see the reason why the slaveholders can command the services of the laboring class. It is because the latter, while conscious of their vast inferiority to the governing class, feel their superiority to the negroes - though but little above them, yet they are above them. In their ignorance they have been taught, and believe, that if slavery were abolished they would occupy the same level with the colored race. Human nature, in its depravity, is domineering, and the 'white trash' but follow its instincts. They never stop to consider that if slavery was rooted out, the rights of labor would be better respected, their own moral and intellectual condition improved, and that, instead of descending in the social scale, they would rise, while those who are now their masters would be humbled. They have been lied to so abominably and so persistently by the newspapers that they do not know how superior are the circumstances of the laboring population of the free States to their own. The scales may at some future time drop from their eyes.
932. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Gov. Buckingham has ordered the organization of one battery of Artillery and one battalion (four companies) of cavalry. The officers and enlisted men, will receive the same pay, emoluments, and be on the same footing in every respect, with those of corresponding grades and corps now in the U.S. service, and in addition will receive the State bounty. Two-thirds of the commissioned officers will be appointed by the Commander-in-chief, and the remaining one-third will be nominated from the ranks when the full complement of men are enlisted.
933. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: We clip the following appeal, by a lady from the Norwich Courier, which, we hope, will be the means of stimulating the ladies of old Windham to enter in the good work: "We are told by the Southern newspapers that 'the women of the South have supported the War.' During the last three months we have scarcely made a sacrifice for our cause. The time is approaching when the Connecticut soldiers will need warm stockings; will be ladies of Norwich and the neighboring town knit for them? There are probably many, who, in these times, cannot readily provide the material but who would gladly knit if it were furnished. If they will call at the Ladies' Room, in the basement of the Broadway Church, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 2 to 5 P.M., they can receive yarn and directions for knitting. All donations of stockings and yarn will be very gladly received.
934. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: We see by the news brought by the Bohemian, which arrived on the 1st inst., from Liverpool, that a letter in the London Times says that East India cotton is regarded with increasing favor. It is said that some spinners have discovered that while Sarat cotton makes beautiful cloth, it also takes dye much better than American cotton. The Times also in some speculations on the cotton question, adduces evidence to show that so far from American cotton being the arbiter of England's destinies, her emancipation from all need of it is simply a question of eight or nine millions pounds sterling.
935. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: The tobacco crop of Connecticut is excellent this year. Hartford County alone realizes over half a million of dollars yearly from this crop.
936. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: A Union Caucus was held at Windham Centre on Thursday evening for the purpose of nominating town officers, for the ensuing year, which resulted in bringing before our voters the following Union Ticket.
For Assessors: Calvin Robinson, Charles Larrabee, Sumner S. Lincoln.
For Board of Relief: Don F. Johnson, Justin Swift, Rufus L. Baker.
For Town Clerk and Treasurer: William Swift.
For Registrar: William L. Weaver.
For Selectmen: Horace Hall, Samuel Bingham, Charles Smith.
For Constables and Collectors: Lyman Jordan, Samuel Byrne.
For Constable: Andrew Frink, Jr.
For School Visitors: Eleazer M. Cushman, Joel R. Arnold, William Gates.
For School Fund Treasurer: John G. Clark.
For Treasurer Town Deposit Fund: John G. Clark.
937. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: We have before us a Business Directory of Windham County, published by Stephen J. Lee, West Killingly, and in commending it to the public we give a portion of its preface: "In presenting to the public for the first time a Business Directory of Windham County it would perhaps be to much to hope that it will prove entirely free from errors. No pains have been spared on the part of the compilers to effect this end, and it is believed to be in all points nearly if not perfectly correct. The statistics have been carefully prepared from the returns of the last census and will be of great interest to every intelligent citizen of the county. The historical sketches are by citizens of the different towns and contain many interesting facts. Price, 25 cts., and is for sale at Walden's.
938. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: For the Journal. Ancestry of Gen. Geo. B. McClellan. Mr. Editor: The statement of your Washington correspondent, that Gen. McClellan is a native of Woodstock, in Windham County, is incorrect. He was born at Philadelphia, Dec. 3d, 1826. His father, Doctor George McClellan, a distinguished physician and surgeon of the latter place, was a Woodstock man, of the old McClellan family of that town. A brief statement respecting some of the ancestors of Gen. McClellan may be interesting to your readers, as he is connected by descent with a number of our Windham families: General Samuel McClellan, the Woodstock settler and progenitor of the family of that town, was born of Scotch parents. The family is traced to Kircudbright on the Galway, and back to the eventful period which terminated the Scottish monarchy. His father was a clansman of the Highland Scotch, of a martial spirit, and espoused the desperate cause of the Pretender. He fought in the disastrous battle of Calloden, and after the overthrow of the Prince, emigrated to this country and settled near Worcester, Mass. Gen. Samuel McClellan, like his father, was of a military turn, and joined the army in the French War, and was lieutenant of a company. He was occasionally engaged in service during the war of the Revolution, and was made a Brigadier General. He married, first, Jemima Chandler of Woodstock, and by her had four children. For his second wife he married, March 5th, 1766, Rachel Abbe of Windham, and had by her nine children, one of whom was Major James, the father of Doctor George, who was the father of Gen. George Brinton McClellan, the commander of our forces on the Potomac. (Brinton is the maiden name of Gen. McClellan's mother.) Joshua Abbe, the father of Rachel, who is still remembered by some of our aged citizens, is represented to have been a man of strong natural powers of mind, with great bodily vigor, which enabled him to attain the extreme age of ninety-six years. He resided at North Windham, where he was at one time a large landed proprietor, and exercised so much influence in that vicinity, that he was called "King Abbe." Mary Ripley the wife of Joshua Abbe, and mother of Rachel, was the daughter of Joshua Ripley, Jr., who was the son of Joshua Ripley, Sen., one of the most respected and influential settlers of Windham, - its first magistrate and first town clerrk. The wife of Joshua Ripley, Jr., and grandmother of Rachel Abbe, was Mary, daughter of John Backus, one of the first settlers and proprietors of Windham. Joshua Ripley, Jr., at one time (1731) resided at Willimantic, and was one of the proprietors and agent of the "Iron Works," erected on the premises now owned by the Linen Co. The mother of Mary Backus, wife of this Joshua Ripley, was Mary Bingham, daughter of Deacon Thomas Bingham, ancestor of the Connecticut Bingham families, an early settler of Windham, and one of the first deacons of the church. The mother of Mary Bingham was Mary Rudd, daughter of Jonathan Rudd, the common ancestor of the Norwich and Scotland Rudd families, and the hero of the "Bride Brook" marriage described by Miss Caulkins in her History of New London. The father of Joshua Abbe was Ebenezer, and his mother was Mary, daughter of Joshua Allen one of the first settlers of the Mansfield portion of Windham. The grandfather of Joshua was Samuel Abbe, one of the early settlers and proprietors of Windham, and his grandmother was Mary Knowlton of the Massachusetts family of that name - perhaps of the same race with Col. Knowlton of the Revolution, of whom the late lamented Gen. Lyon was a descendant. The wife of Joshua Ripley Se., and great grandmother of Rachel Abbe, was Hannah Bradford daughter of Major Bradford, deputy Governor of Plymouth Colony, and grand daughter of Governor Bradford of the Mayflower. She was a remarkable woman and might very properly be called the mother of the town of Windham. For more than twenty years from the date of settlement she was the only physician in the town. She was the mother of twelve children all of whom married and had families, and among her descendants are numbered many distinguished men. The mother of Joshua Ripley, Sen., was Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Peter Hobart, first minister of Hingham. His father was John, and his grandfather, William Ripley, one of the first settlers of Hingham, and ancestor of the New England Ripleys. But I need not extend the list of ancestors, already perhaps too long. It will be seen however, by what I have given that Gen. McClellan is descended from several of our old and prominent Windham families, and through them from some of the distinguished Puritan settlers of New England. W.L.W.
939. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Washington Correspondence. Washington, D.C., Sept. 30th, 1861. Dr. Charles: Here I am again with my hand warm, just from the cordial grasp of our mutual friend Dick Lee. I just left him on the southern brow of Meridian Hill, overlooking the city of Washington, back of which is his encampment, a lovely spot with the most beautiful and picturesque surroundings. But before I proceed must beg the indulgence of those of your readers who do not know Lieut. Lee, and who, therefore, will discover little of interest in this notice. To the old residents in and about Willimantic who remember Mr. Samuel Lee, for many years a highly esteemed merchant in your village, and his son Richard, I shall make no apology, believing it sufficient that in this checkered world it is both refreshing and rejuvenating to catch a glance now and then of old associates as they come and go, amid the changing scenes of life. Their remembrance of the son will be as a little schoolboy, but could they see him now they would realize that the boy of that time is a man of to-day. Friend Lee is 2d Lieut. of Co. B., Lincoln Cavalry, a fine regiment recruited in New York in which city he has been doing business for several years past. I "sighted" him this morning while he was on regimental parade and review. His appearance is very soldierly. He is as brown as any weather beaten old veteran, and although he is not "bearded like the pard" he sports a delicate hirsute appendage on the upper lip, which, of course, is just the style for a military gentleman. He rides a rather small, dark brown mare - his choice out of 90 horses - and Dick says "she moves like a bird." I found the Lieutenant's tent, and there awaited his coming, entertained by his gentlemanly and convivial companion, Lieut. J. Ennis. On the outside to the tent was an oblong board on which was inscribed "Co. B. Lieuts. J. Ennis, Richard H. Lee." This is the ridge-pole tent, the kind generally adopted by the army. From pole to pole was stretched a rope on which was hung the wardrobe of the two officers. In one corner were the sabers guarding a profusion of odds and ends which I had not the courage to inspect. On a swinging shelf hanging form the rear pole were the regulation hats with some other articles of wearing apparel, requiring particular care. A large dry goods box, in one corner answered as writing, dining and toilet table, also a kind of store room containing dirty linen, coffee mill, pipes and tobacco, "U.S. gaiters" - as the soldiers facetiously call the army brogans - together with the etceteras of camp life. In still another corner was a bundle of hay, with India-rubber blankets, &c., which being spread upon the ground forms the soldier's couch where he sleeps and dreams of sallies, trenches, tents and palisades, of parapets and basilisks, of cannon and culverin, of prisoner's ransom, and of soldiers slain. Two trunks, a few pairs of boots, magazines and newspapers complete the furniture of the Lieuts'. Tent. Dick had received an invitation to dine out and extended the invitation to your correspondent. I accepted, and we were soon at the Quartermaster's tent, where preparation had apparently been made for about half a dozen visitors. Quartermaster Bailey to whom we were introduced, is a gentleman and a soldier. I hope to see him again and enjoy his congenial companionship. Six of us sat down. A table from an adjoining tent has been pressed into our service to accommodate the extra demand. Dinner was rather early. Lieut. Bailey explained it by saying that John, a kind of nondescript black boy, did not given them breakfast til 9 o'clock and he wanted to make up by getting dinner at 11 1-2. He did not like to be late twice in the same day. Dinner passed off very pleasantly, seasoned with quiet jokes, some of them very dry from our friend Dick. The bill of fare was not extravagant, but I will give it under protest of Lieut. Bailey who apologized for his inattention in this important duty. Pickled tongue, broiled mackerel, sardines, sweet potatoes, bread, butter, preserved strawberries, tea, (strong enough to assert its individuality) champagne cider, with a sprinkling of "mountain dew." Some of the soldiers dine in the open air in front of their tents, and it presents a very pretty scene. Several of the officers have their wives and children with them in the camp. Friend Lee has won the high esteem of his regiment, and I think he has assumed a line of Conduct which will ensure him the continuance of it. Permit me to say to the few in Willimantic who feel an interest in Mr. Samuel Lee, that he is in Binghamton, well in health, but I am sorry to hear that since he left your quiet village, he has not found in his business intercourse with men, that "honesty" is not the universal motto. But friend Lee is elastic, and will not down. He is bounding along with his usual sprightliness and energy. Lieut. Lee was presented with a pair of very handsome self-cocking revolvers, by some friends in Binghamton. A handsome token of respect, I left camp late in the afternoon. Lieut. Bailey was sitting in the shade of his tent, indulging in the New York papers and a good cigar, while the rest of my companions were strolling about the camp at leisure "chewing the cud of sweet and bitter fancy." Fraternally yours, Ned.
940. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Contradictory assertions relative to Garibaldi's going to America continue to be made, but the latest telegraphic dispatches from Turin declared he would not go.
941. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: The Superior Court in Litchfield County has found Charles Fox, of Woodbury, guilty of manslaughter, in stabbing and killing his employer last summer at the tea table, and sentenced him to ten years in State Prison and $50 fine; also Hannah S. Donovan, manslaughter, in killing her employer in Watertown last Summer is sentenced to State Prison for life.
942. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Marriages.
In Willimantic Oct. 3d, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Eliot B. Sumner, Esq. To Miss Sarah E. Farnham.
In Columbia, Sept. 25th, by Rev. F.D. Avery, Justin Holbrook to Louisa Little.
943. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Deaths.
In Mansfield, Oct. 1st inst. Miss Mary Williams aged 87 years.
In Coventry, 2d inst., Lewis A. Gardner, age 3 years and 6 months.
944. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office,
Willimantic October 1st, 1861.
Brunt, Andrew J.
Case, Mr. E.
Hastings, Mary L.
Phillips, Julia A.
Potter, Mrs. Maria
Sreadway [mean Treadway?], C___
Persons calling for the above will please to say "Advertised." James Walden, P.M.
945. TWJ Fri Oct 4, 1861: Hammer's Champagne Ale! The attention of the public is solicited to the superior quality of Hammer's fresh brewed champagne ale. This ale is brewed fresh at all seasons of the year, and the keeping quality of it, especially of that brewed during the most excessive hot weather, is guaranteed for any length of time. For sale in Hogsheads, Barrels and Half Barrels by A.E. Brooks, European House, Willimantic, Conn.
946. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: Hob-Nobbing with the Rebels. I have just learned the particulars of two interviews which took place on Sunday last between some members of Col. Hayes' 8th Pennsylvania Regiment and the Virginia 43d (rebel) stationed on opposite banks of the Potomac at Great Falls. The river is here not more than a hundred yards wide, and the pickets on both sides have occasionally hailed each other. On Sunday the rebels invited some of our men across, stating that if they would leave their arms behind them, they would receive hospitable treatment and be allowed to return. One of the Pennsylvania boys stripped, plunged in, and swam over. He was helped up the rocks by a Virginia captain, who gave him his overcoat to wear, and proposed that he should take a drink of whiskey. "If I drink," said the soldier, 'it must be to Our Country."! "Very good," said the rebel officer, "I will join you: Here's to our country!" And the men on both sides of the river joined in a hearty cheer. The man remained an hour or two, and then swam back, a little nebulous from the many healths he had been obliged to drink. In the afternoon several of the rebels returned the visit. They were courteously entertained and exchanged buttons with our men, as souvenirs of the interview. "We don't care anything about the war," said they "and don't want to fight, but we can't help it. You Pennsylvanians are like friends and brothers, and we wish we had those d----d South Carolinians against us instead of you." One of the Virginia officers took off his gold sleeve buttons, having no other disposable gift at hand, and received a quarter-eagle in return. "Good Lord!" said he, "it's been a long time since I've seen such a piece of money." They were all anxious to know the popular sentiment of Pennsylvania and the other Border States in relation to the war, and seemed a good deal depressed on learning the truth. The appeared to be tolerably well clothed and fed, and did not complain of their condition. Two of the soldiers exchanged letters from their sweethearts. Various exchanges of newspapers, etc. were also made, and in the act our men received a letter from a sister of one of the rebels, without the owner's knowledge. I had an opportunity of reading the letter this morning, and give you an interesting extract therefrom: "Take care of your clothes (the writer, says); for I don't believe there is a yard of stuff for shirts or clothing in the whole county. There is not in the whole county, a pound of coffee or a pound of sugar. Mrs. ---- uses honey in her tea. Send some of your money home when you get it." It appears from other parts of the letter, that the country has been entirely stripped of cloth, shoes, coffee and sugar, in order that the army may be supplied. With the present enormous prices of all those articles in the South, it is difficult to see how these supplies can be kept up much longer.
947. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: Did you ever dine in camp on "pressed vegetables?" If yes, then you will understand the force of the war correspondent's description of the ______: "We get a substance for soup called 'pressed vegetables.' It looks a good deal like a big plug of 'dog leg' tobacco in shape and solidity, and is composed in part of potatoes, onions, beans, lettuce, garlic, parsley, parsnips, carrots, &c. I acknowledge eating two China tin plates full without any convulsions of nature, and can no speak the German language with fluency."
948. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: To the Loyal Women of America. A circular endorsed by President Lincoln and Lieut. Gen. Winfield Scott, ahs just been issued from the Treasury building at Washington, and we have no hesitation in saying that our loyal country-women to whom it is more particularly addressed, will give it the attention it deserves. The document after a fervent call upon the loyal women of America to help take care of our sick and wounded soldiers and sailors, sets forth that a Sanitary Commission and unpaid Bureau of the War Department has been established. Under its present organization every camp and military hospital, from the Atlantic to the Plains, is regularly and frequently visited, its wants ascertained, and as far as possible, and wherever it is right, proper, and broadly merciful, supplied directly by the Commission to the extent of its ability. For the means of administering to the needs of the sick and wounded, the Commission relies upon gift offerings from the loyal women of the land. It receives not one dollar from Government. The following articles are most wanted: Blankets for single beds, quilts of cheap material, about 7 feet long by 50 inches wide, knit woolen socks, woolen or cotton flannel bedgowns, wrappers, under shirts, and drawers, small hair and feather pillows and cushions for wounded limbs, and slippers. Packages may be directed and sent, as is most economical, from any point to any of the addresses below, for the "U.S. Sanitary Commission." Office of the Woman's Central Relief Association, Cooper Union, No. 16 Third Avenue, New York; Care of Samuel & Welsh, No. 218, South Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia; care of Dr. S.G. Howe, No. 20 Bloomfield street, Boston; Care of F.L. Olmstead, No. 211 F street, Washington, D.C. We well know that the women of Connecticut - mothers, wives and daughters of our gallant soldiers, who are now fighting our country's battles - lovers of the Constitutional Liberty, purchased at such awful sacrifice by our fathers - will gladly and with a will respond to the call thus made upon their sympathies by our Chief Magistrate and the veteran leader of "the Army of the Union." In fact we know that many of them throughout our State have been actively engaged in this work of benevolence, and on the errand of mercy, for some time, and we trust those who have been idle, not knowing in what direction to rightly direct their efforts, will not be up and doing; no better enterprise could be found for engaging the active benevolence and busy fingers of our Sewing Societies and such like; for on the issue of the present contest rests immeasurably the prosperity, yea the very existence of our ability, morally and pecuniarally, to sustain our present and enlarge in future our great fields of Missionary labors and Evangelization. Let the money in the Treasury of the various Church Benevolent Societies be devoted to the active relief of ours soldiers, in conformity with the foregoing appeal, and they will find themselves abundantly rewarded, feeling that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
949. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: Incendiary. Rices' Wagon shop, on Bridge street, this village, was set on fire last Sunday morning about 2 o'clock, but was fortunately discovered and put out before much damage was done. The scoundrelly act is laid to an Irishman by the name of O'Neil, living opposite to the shop, in a shanty termed the "Black House," who is now in Brooklyn jail to await his trial. Some time ago O'Neil's wife, and another woman living in the same house, it seems went in for a convivial time, and partaking too freely of the critter, ended in a grand tableau of bruised heads, disfigured countenances, &c.; and the Messrs. Rices wishing to inform them that our commonwealth don't sanction such exhibitions, made a complaint which was the means of jugging them. Mrs. O'Neil's husband being deprived of such a loving and model wife became enraged, and feeling there was nothing too bad for the perpetrators of such an outrage, availed himself of the darkness of the night to get his revenge by setting fire to their shop. Straw, conveyed for the purpose of kindling the fire, was tracked to the house, and we learn he has confessed himself guilty of the crime.
950. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: The Bridgeport Weekly Farmer is to be revived under the auspices of Mr. Pomeroy, one of its former proprietors. This time it will be a loyal paper.
951. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: The Norwich Brass Band have volunteered as the regimental band for the 8th Regiment, will in all probability leave for the seat of war to-day or to-morrow.
952. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: The First Cross-Walk. We are pleased to see that there is enterprise enough in our village to commence a good work. Messrs. Brainard and Bassett have laid a cross-walk from Brainard's hotel to Bassett's Block, which is a decided improvement on the slough hole formerly in front of these buildings. Who will follow suit? We need them very much all through our village, from the corners of streets running north and south. As it is now, in wet weather, a man is in danger of losing his identity, or his boots at least, in attempting to wade across; and as for ladies crossing it is out of the question. We would here suggest that the Borough fill in from the European House to Cushman's store on a grade with the cross walk, which we think would immeasurably improve the street in that locality and would more than pay for the expense in appearance alone.
953. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: Obituary. Died in Mansfield Centre, 6th inst., Martha S. Golding, aged 20 years. We mourn the death of another victim to that terrible scourge - Consumption; called hence ere upon her girlhood's brow aught but sunny hope had smiled. But although thus early summoned hence - to leave the dear home circle, and the beloved companions of childhood and youth, and this bright and beautiful Earth, with all its attractions to one rightly appreciating them, - she was "found ready," having early given her heart to God. She exhibited the distinguishing marks of an humble, devout and true Christian; she had found the source of true happiness - that which when earth's blandishments are gone, and all life's summer friends have fled, can assuage every grief - that which raises the bruised spirit from beneath the weight of sorrows chains - the only balm that yields the weary rest. The pure faith of her spirit shone brightly to the last. Through life and death she seemed a rich exotic from a fairer clime, and the last rays of receding life left her features lit with the smile of Heaven.
954. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: At the request of the Hon. Augustus Frank, member of Congress from New York, the Superintendent of the Census Bureau has prepared a statement of the white male population of the several counties in that State between the ages of fourteen and forty-five, and the proportion required from each county to furnish a quota of one hundred thousand men. The superintendent says the State presents an effective arms-bearing population of 786,344, about one-half of that of all the States south of Mason and Dixons line, equaling the combined military strength of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.
955. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: Marriages.
In Norwich, Sept. 12th, Thomas W. Lacy and Ann McManus, both of Norwich.
956. TWJ Fri Oct 11, 1861: Deaths.
In Mansfield Centre, 6th inst., Martha S. Golding, aged 20 years.
957. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Death of a Connecticut Volunteer. Under the proper head this morning, our readers will learn the death of Trowbridge D. Prindle a member of Company B, 5th regiment, C.V. It is worthy of remark that young Prindle was one of three brothers that respond to the country's call, and left their home and parents to fight for the honor of our National Flag, will offer their lives, if need be, that not one star in that bright constellation should become obliterated or stricken out. Trowbridge D., aged 25; Henry P., aged 25; Isaac, Jr., aged 21; sons of Isaac Prindle, Esq., of Simsbury, Conn. Edward, an older brother, who served in the three month's campaign, in Co. C, 1st regiment C.V., upon learning the death of his brother wrote immediately to the proper officers, offering himself to fill the vacancy made by his deceare [sic]. The father, while he mourns the loss of his beloved son, feels that the sacrifice is a glorious one, and rejoices with a proud heart that his children have learned that the price of liberty is fealty to the laws of our country, and their lives are, if need be, to support our glorious Constitution. - New Haven Courier.
958. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: A son was born to the 37th New York Regiment in camp the other day, and was christened "Abe Lincoln" with great ceremoniousness. The Chaplain performed the rite, the Lieutenant Colonel and a Captain stood god-fathers, and the Surgeon sponsor. The natural father was somewhere in the crowd.
959. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: The following is the inscription on a letter which passed through the Post Office at Springfield a few days since. It is believed to be a little the worst spell of Connecticut extant: Mr. Michael Mick, the Steat of Carty, Kennec cut, Poartian.
960. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Letters for the 5th Conn. Reg't. should be addressed to Williamsport, Md.
961. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: "I will Magnify Mine Office." Col. Kingsbury of the Conn. 5th, on his way home on a furlough in consequence of serious indisposition, as accosted in the city of New York by a young man who had evidently recently assumed the dress indicative of his high position as a 2d Lieut. with "Halloo soldier." "Halloo," say the fun loving Colonel. "What regiment do you belong to" inquires the challenger. "The Conn. 5th," answered the Colonel. "What Company," asked the young man. "None," says the Colonel. "Indeed," says the Lieut. "that is very queer; belong to no company?" Evidently in great anxiety for fear the modest Colonel might be a desert he demanded, "have you a pass." "Yes Sir," says the Colonel. "Produce it," says the Lieut. When to his chagrin he discovered by the pas that the challenged "soldier" was no other than Lieut. Col. Kingsbury of the Conn. 5th. It is needless to say, that the Colonel enjoyed the joke hugely, while the pompous Lieut. shrunk into his boots.
962. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: The other day George Bromley, of Preston, was sitting on the track of the New London road, when the train came along and pitched him "head and heels" into the bushes. The train stopped and backed to pick up the body when Bromley coolly informed the conductor, as he brushed the dirt from his coat-sleeve, that if he "had damaged the engine any, he was ready to settle for it!" and walked off home.
963. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Gustavus W. Smith, the late Street Commissioner in New York, and the latest General appointed in the rebel army, married a wife in New London, Conn. He is himself a Kentuckian, and is thus a double traitor to his nation and State.
964. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Post Office, Willimantic, Oct. 18. I hereby give public notice that I am prepared to exchange new style Postage Stamps for old, for a period of Six days from date, after which the issue will not be received at this office. James Walden, P.M.
965. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: The 8th Regiment left Hartford on Thursday for Hunters Point. The Sons of Connecticut, New York City, have made arrangements for their reception and are to present them with a stand of colors.
966. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: The Work Goes Bravely On. Messrs. Alpaugh & Hooper not wishing to be thought behind their neighbors in anything which may tend to improve our village or make the streets more passable to pedestrians, have procured flagging for a cross-walk, which will be laid in the course of this week from Franklin Hall. As the above firm have just received a new and splendid stock of Dry Goods of the latest styles and patterns we may reasonably expect to see the walk appropriately inaugurated with the pattering of many tiny feet to and from their stores. Now, then, a cross-walk from the Telegraph Office to the Post Office, which is decidedly more traveled than any other crossing, and which is as difficult of getting over, if not more so, at certain times of the year. Mr. Jas. Walden, with praiseworthy enterprise, says he will pay his share towards it, which, no doubt, means that if any one or two will come to his assistance he will furnish the greater part of the expenses. "Come down with your dust!" Mr. James P. Howes, in company with others, deserves credit for the great improvement made in the sidewalk on Union street, and which no doubt is fully appreciated by those living at the lower end of the village, it now being a safe and comfortable walk.
967. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Comfort for the Soldiers. We are credibly informed that a number our ladies have earnestly gone to work knitting stockings for the soldiers, and we introduce to their notice the following instructions, taken from a Boston paper, which may be of service:
1st. Use No. 15 needles, and good woolen yarn, usually furnished for this purpose by merchants at cost.
2d. Cast 28 stitches to each needle, and rib about 3 1-2 inches; knit 5 or 6 inches before setting the heel: make the heel three inches long, and the foot from 9 to 12 inches in length.
968. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: The Newport News speaks of a squash, grown in that vicinity, weighing 119 pounds as being something extraordinary. Such squashes are common with us. One was exhibited at the Brooklyn Fair, weighing 120 pounds, as only a fair specimen of what can be produced in Windham County in that line. We saw the other day quite a number at Mr. A.D. Loring's of nearly the same size, one of which weighed 115 pounds. If the Rhode Islanders have made up their mouths for squash pies this winter, all they have to do is to address the Windham County Agricultural Society, when they will find that there are "a few more left of the same sort."
969. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Our Borough Election, held last Monday, resulted in the electing of the following persons to their respective offices:
For Assessors. - Calvin Robinson, Geo. Lathrop, Courtland Babcock.
For Board of Relief. - Don. F. Johnson, Abel Clark, A.B. Palmer.
For Clerk and Treasurer. - J.B. Lord.
For Warden and Agent. - R. Davison.
For Burgesses. - John S. Smith, N.A. Stearns, Wm. H. Osborn, J. King, Laban Chase, J.G. Keigwin.
For Bailiff and Collector. - A.B. Green.
Treasurer's Report made and accepted. Tax 7-10 of a mill on the Dollar.
970. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: A countraband from Fairfax states that the rebels there are destitute of everything except fresh beef and blankets, of which they have plenty. Shoes are scarce. Their hospitals are filled with sick soldiers. They were tearing up the railroad tracks at Vienna and hauling it to Fairfax Court House.
971. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Marriages.
In Willimantic, Oct. 15th, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Mr. Milton Shew and Miss Sarah E. Ashley, both of this village.
Oct. 17th, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Mr. Luther M. Perkins of Andover and Miss Netty M. Hanover of Willimantic.
In Somers, Oct. 13th, by the Rev. Mr. George A. Oviat, Mr. Oscar Spicer of South Coventry to Miss Hattie M. Shaw, of Somers.
972. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, Oct. 17th, John W. Frink, aged 5 years and 6 months.
973. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Brooklyn, within and for the District of Brooklyn on the 9th day of October, 1861. Present S. Davison, Judge. On motion of Uriel Fuller, Esq., trustee of the estate of Colbee C. Cleveland assigned for the benefit of his creditors, this Court doth decree that three months be allowed and limited to the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims to Aaron H. Storrs and John Palmer of said Brooklyn, Commissioners appointed to examine and adjust the same, and said Trustee is directed to give public notice of this order, and of the times and places of meeting of said commissioners for that purpose by advertising in a weekly newspaper published in Killingly, and in a like paper published in Willimantic, four weeks successively, and by posting on the public sign post in said town of Brooklyn nearest he residence of said assignor, and said trustee is directed to cause a copy of such notice to be sent by mail or otherwise to each of the known creditors of said estate living without this Probate District, and to make return to this Court of the notice given. Certified from Record. Attest, S. Davison, Judge. The undersigned, Commissioners, in pursuance of the above order will meet at the office of Uriel Fuller in said Brooklyn, on Monday, the 9th day of December 1861, and on Thursday the 9th day of January, 1862, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon on each of said days, to attend to the duties of their said appointment. Brooklyn, October 9th, 1861. A.H. Storrs, John Palmer, Commissioners.
974. TWJ Fri Oct 18, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield on the 11th day of October, A.D. 1861. Present, Oliver B. Griggs, Esq., Judge. On motion of Lucius N. Cross, Administrator on the Estate of Mary Williams, late of Mansfield within said District deceased: This Court doth decree that two months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administrator; and direct that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Mansfield, nearest the place where the deceased lasts dwelt. Certified from Record, O.B. Griggs, Judge.
975. TWJ Fri Oct 25, 1861: Female Zouaves. The young girls of Northampton, Mass, have organized a Zouave military company, and will give an exhibition drill at the agricultural hall on the first day of the Cattle Show in that town.
976. TWJ Fri Oct 25, 1861: Sudden Death. On Tuesday, 22d inst. The wife of Mr. A.D. Loring, residing about a mile from this village, was discovered reclining on the doorstep of her dwelling, dead. We have not heard the particulars attending her sudden demise, but presume the cause was heart disease.
977. TWJ Fri Oct 25, 1861: Second crop raspberries, from accounts, are flourishing with us this fall. Mr. Geo. E. Elliott of this village, and others, say their bushes have borne for the second time this year by no means a meager crop. Mr. Jesse S. Turner, of Chaplin left a small sprig literally covered with berries, nine of which were ripe. If this weather continues we should not be surprised to hear of our apple trees budding forth, and yielding as a bountiful supply of apples, which they failed to do at the usual times.
978. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: The Question of emancipation is being discussed by exchanges from all parts of the country at present. The Albany Journal, whose leading position in the newspaper world entitles its opinions to great weight, says in a late issue that though no man can contemplate violent emancipation without shuddering - though the letting loose upon the country of four million of benighted creatures, whose only conception of freedom is absence of restraint, would involve consequences from which the most hardy would recoil - yet that 'if the government cannot be saved without giving freedom to the negro - if the old ship cannot be rescued without throwing overboard the Jonah of slavery - we take it no true Patriot would hesitate as to what should be done. The South cannot too soon be made to understand that if Slavery stands in the way of the Union, it must be thrust aside!'
979. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: Colored Emigration. Four hundred colored men left New York last week under the auspices of the Haytien Emigration Society, for the purpose of forming a colony in the island of San Domingo. On their arrival, they will turn their attention to the cultivation of Cotton. Another party of five hundred will start for a like purpose in November. Should the enterprise succeed, and there is every reason to believe that it will, Secessia will have one more reason to repent of her folly. It will not take long to strip King Cotton of his crown, when India, Australia and the West India Islands begin to whiten with the bursting bolls.
980. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: On Saturday evening, the house of Mr. Gardner, on Town Hill, Norwich, was struck by lightning. Little damage was done. The fluid also struck his barn, killing his stallion, 'Red Rover,' said to be valued at $2000.
981. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: Births.
In Willimantic, Oct. 23, a daughter to Mr. Roderick Davison.
982. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: Marriages.
In Franklin, Oct. 20th, by Rev. R.P. Stanton, Mr. John L. Clark of Willimantic, to Miss Mary N. Willes, of Franklin.
983. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, Oct. 2, Mrs. Loring, wife of A.D. Loring.
984. TWJ Fri Oct 24, 1861: For Sale. For sale in Willimantic nine acres of land, with a dwelling house and outhouses thereon, situated on Union street. Inquire of Jas. T. Howes. Willimantic, Oct. 24, 1861.
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