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565. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: Boston, Nov. 14. “Gallipolis, on the Ohio, Aug. 31. I will endeavour to give you some information of the situation of the settlements on this river. On the 13th inst. our scouts which we daily send out (amounting to one corporal and four privates) for the protection of the inhabitants, while at work in the fields, upon their return at five o’clock P.M. were fired upon by a party of Indians within half a mile of the stockade. One soldier was shot through the arm and body, scalped and tomahawked five times—notwithstanding which he made his escape, and came into the garrison, and is in a fair way to recover. One other was taken prisoner, and the remainder made their escape, by the loss of cloathing and arms. Frequently since we have had alarms, and Indians within a quarter of a mile of the garrison, and a camp
discovered of about 100 men near the settlement; and they have robbed the inhabitants of a great number of cattle. On the 13th inst., one of the
inhabitants was at work in the field, with his servants, they discovered and gave the alarm that the Indians were upon them ­ a party under a Lt. of militia, went out, discovered them, and Lieut. Moldon who commanded the militia, shot one through the body; the party pursued them by the track of the blood some distance, while they got into so great a thicket of bushes and woods, that they were obliged to return. In fact the Indians have damaged a number of settlements on this river. One family of five or six were murdered two weeks since; and a great number of horses and cattle taken, and fields robbed of corn. It is very sickly at this place, which contains about 300 souls, out of which 43 are sick with fevers and agues.”

566. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: Married. At Hampton, Mr. John Chandler, of Woodstock, to Miss Polly Stedman.

567. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: Geese Feathers. Timothy Warren wants to purchase a quantity of good live Geese Feathers, for which he will pay the highest price in Cash. Windham. Nov. 17, 1792.

568. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: The hon. court of probate for the district of Pomfret, have allowed six months from the first day of October last, for the creditors to the estate of Israel Marcy, late of Woodstock, deceased, to bring in their claim; those who neglect to bring them in within said limited time well attested, will be debarred a recovery. Jonathan Marcy, Adm’r. Woodstoc, Nov. 1, 1792.

569. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: To be sold at Public Vendue, on the premises, lying in the town of Hampton, on Monday the 4th day of February next, for hard money, so much of the real estate of the heirs of John Phillips, nonresident proprietors, as will pay their state, town and society taxes, in our hands to be collected, with incident charges of sale. Thomas Grow, jun., Samuel Spalding, John Hovey, Collectors. Hampton, Nov. 23, 1792.

570. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: Soal-Leather. The subscriber has good Soal-Leather to sell at thirteen-pence per pound. John Moulton. Windham, Nov. 27, 1792.

571. WH Sat Dec. 1, 1792: Columbia, October 27. Tuesday evening, as Mr. Harrow, of Granby, was proceeding on his way to Charleston, the straps of his saddle-bags, which fastened them behind the saddle, were cut, and the bags stolen. He did not miss them till he stopped at a house near Sandy-Run, about a mile from the spot where they were afterwards found in the road, emptied of their contents, amounting to upwards of 4000l. in gold. Mr. Harrow is unfortunately stone blind, so that the servant consequently rode before him, which prevented a timely discovery of the transaction, particularly as it was night when the robbery was committed.

572. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Richmond, Nov. 15. A letter just received in town, mentions, that the Indians are very troublesome about the Rye Cove; and that James Parberty, of Franklin county, was murdered by the savages, on his route from Kentucky to this state.

573. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Winchester, Nov. 12. Intelligence from the Cherokee nation, respecting the attack on Buchanan’s Station.
The party who attacked the station consisted of 197 Cherokees, 83 Creeks, and the Shawanese Warrior, with his party, consisting of 300, the whole commanded by Capt. John Watts. The Shawanese Warrior, a Creek Chief, and several others were killed, and a number wounded, among whom is John Watts, who it is highly probable, cannot recover. He was shot in both his thighs; the ball passed through the upper part of one and lodged in the other.
John Watts is a half-breed, a stout bold and enterprising man, about 40 years of age; and is the life and spirit of the junior part of the Cherokee nation.
The Shawanese Warrior was a half breed, he resided at the Running Water for upwards of three years, with his party. At the late council at Will’s town, when it was determined, that the five lower Towns should go to war against the United States, he arose, and stretching out his hand, said, ‘With these hands have I killed three hundred, and I will kill 300 more, drink my fill of blood, and sit down and be happy.”
The Middle Striker and Otter-Lifter, two other signers of the treaty of Holston, were also leaders in this attack. The latter, as late as the month of July, gave the most unequivocal proofs of his attachment to the United States, on going on board the boats, in which were the goods for the Chickawaw and Choctaw conference, continued with them until they had passed the Lower Towns, and conducted himself in such a manner as left no reason to doubt but that he would boldly have defended them, in case they had been attacked by any hostile parties by his own or any other nation.
The party who attacked the company in the wilderness, on the 6th of October consisted of 50 warriors, and were headed by the noted Cherokee Chief Talotehlke, signer to the treaty of Holston, and one who accompanied John Watts in his visit to Governor O’Neal in June and August last. Inspired with a spirit for war by the Inflamatory persuasions of governor O’Neal, he painted himself black before he left Pensacola declaring himself for war, and with that appearance and spirit he passed thro’ the Creek nation.
While he was at pensacola, Governor O’Neal shewed him five magazines. “This, said he, is for the Cherokees, that for the Creeks, those two for the Chickhasaws and Choctaws, and this for ourselves, to assist you, if necessary.

574. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Wilmington, Nov. 10. Accounts are received, by express from the westward, that nine hundred Indians had attacked a fort near Cumberland river, but that they were repulsed with great slaughter.

575. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Pittsburgh, November 8. On Friday the 2d inst., was executed in Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina, Samuel Fuller, of Granville County, for the horrid and unnatural murder of his son. Mr. Fuller, till within a few years past, has conducted himself as a good and respectable citizen, has raised a family in good repute, and by his industry and frugality, acquired considerable property. Unfortunately for mankind, their passions, in some unguarded moments, get the better of reason and every human feeling, in
the present case we have a striking instance. A man near three score years of age, unworthily takes to his bed an abandoned woman, and keeps her in offence of a faithful wife and a number of children, who are the pledges of his marriage vow. The unhappy one who fell a victim to his rage, had frequently requested his father to drive this infamous woman from his house, who destroyed the quiet of all the family. On the morning of the fatal catastrophe, this son went with a resolution to drive her off, when high words ensued, and soon after a gun was discharged by the father at his son, loaded with buck shot, several of which perforated his head and body, which killed him instantly.

576. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: New York, November 24. The scarlet and putred fevers, rage with great violence in this city, they are very contagious, as is always the case with such fevers, and generally prove fatal to those who are attacked; not being confined to any particular description of people, but both old and young equally feel their malignant effects.

577. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Died, on Wednesday evening in this city, very suddenly, of a putred fever, Dr. James Cogswell. The Doctor’s death is a public loss, and is truly regretted by all who knew him.

578. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Norwich, December 4. On Thursday evening last, a young man by the name of Cook, aged 19, was instantly killed in this town by the bursting of a swivel. The circumstances as near as we can collect were as follows: In celebration of the day (being thanksgiving) a large number of boys had assembled, and by pillaging dry casks from the stores, wharves, &c. had erected a bonfire on the hill back of the Landing, and to make their rejoicings more sonorous, fired a swivel several times, at last, a foolish fondness for a loud report induced them to be pretty lavish of their powder, and then fill the swivel with turf—the deceased touched the fire to the powder—the explosion
burst the swivel into a multitude of pieces, the largest of which, weighing about seven pounds, passed thro’ the body of the deceased, carrying with it his heart and entrails, and was afterwards found on the street 30 or 40 rods from the place where it was fired. While the serious lament the unhappy accident, they entertain a hope that good may come of evil, that the savage practice of making bonfires, on the evening of Thanksgiving, may be exchanged, for some other mode of rejoicing, more consistent with the genuine spirit of christianity.

579. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: A statement has been published, in a late paper, of the different Indian tribes an nations from the lakes of Canada to the Gulph of Mexico. According to that statement, there exist on that space, and along the western side of the Mississippi, fifty-two nations, the total amount of men belonging to which (fit for bearing arms)is fifty-eight thousand, nine hundred and thirty; of which there may be about thirty-five thousand warriors.

580. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: Died.
At Willington, the 13th ult. the Rev. Gideon Noble, in the 66th year of his age.
At Granby, Capt. Timothy Phelps, aged 92.

581. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: useful for all House-Keepers. Just come to hand, and to be sold by the Printer hereof, The Frugal House-Wife, or Complete Woman Cook: wherein The dressing all sorts of Victuals, with cleanliness, decency and elegance, is explained in five hundred approved Receipts.

582. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: We the subscribers being by the hon. court of probate for the district of Windham, appointed commissioners on the estate of Mr. Thomas Brooks, late of Lebanon, deceased, represented insolvent, do hereby notify the creditors to exhibit their claims to us, for which purpose we shall meet at the dwelling-house of Mr. James Tickner, in Lebanon, on the first Mondays of March, April and June next, at one o’clock P.M. The time limited for the Creditors to exhibit their accounts, is six months, from the date hereof. Samuel Fullar, Charles Swift, Comm’rs. Lebanon, Dec. 5, 1792.

583. WH Sat Dec. 8, 1792: The hon. court of probate, for the district of Windham, have allowed the term of six months from the 4th day of December instant, for the creditors to the estate of Benjamin Smith, late of Windham, deceased, to bring in their claims: those who neglect to bring them in by said time, will be debarred a recovery. Samuel Baker, Benjamin Smith, Adm’rs. Windham, December 6th, 1792.

584. WH Sat Dec. 15, 1792: Abstract of an Estimate of the expenditures of the Civil List of the United States, together with the incidental and contingent expenses of the several departments and offices, for the year 1793, as reported by the Secretary of the Treasury to the House of Representatives.
President’s salary, 25,000 dollars. Vice-President do. [ditto] 5000. Chief Justice of the United States, 4000. Five Associate Judges, at 3500 dollars each, 17500 dols. Amount of salaries to the Judges of the several districts of the United States, 21,700 dols. Amount of compensation to the members of the Senate, House of Representatives, and their offices, 143,591 dols. Treasury Department, 55,050 dols. Department of State, 6300 dols. Department of War, 11,250 dols. Board of Commissioners for the settlement of accounts between the United States and individual States, 13,300 dols. Amount of compensations to the Loan Officers for 13 states, 13,250 dols. Governor’s salary, Judges’ salary, compensations to the other officers, and contingent expenses of the Government of the Western territory; 11,000 dols. Amount of pensions, including that of the Baron Stuben 5267 dols. 73 cts. For incidental and contingent expenses relative to the civil list establishment, 20,263 dols. 66 cents. Total of the estimate of expenditures for the civil list for 1793, 352,466 dollars and 39 cents.
Additional estimate for making good deficiencies for the support of the civil establishment; for aiding the fund appropriated for the payment of certain officers of the courts, jurors and witnesses; for the support of light houses; and for the establishment of ten cutters, and for other purposes. Total 92,599 dols. 66 cents.
General estimate of the expences of the war department for the year 1793. Pay of legion of the United States, 304,308 dols. Subsistence, 312,567 dols. 75 cents. Forage, 34,856 dols. Cloathing, 112,000 dols. Equipment for cavalry, 5000 dols. Horses for cavalry, 5000 dols. Bounty, 15,240 dols. Defensive protection of the frontiers by the militia, 50,000 dols. Hospital department 25,000 dols. Quarter-master’s department, 100,000 dols. Indian department, 50,000 dols. Ordinance department 23,835 dols. 32 cents. Invalids, 82,245 dol. 32 cents. Lease of buildings occupied for the war office, &c. 1,666 dols. 66 cents. Contingencies of the war department, 50,000 dols. Total expenses of the
war department for 1793 [sic]. ­ 1,171,719 dols. and 5 cents.

585. WH Sat Dec. 15, 1792: Knoxville, October 20. Yesterday returned to this town from performing a three months tour of duty in Mero district, a company of mounted infantry, commanded by Hugh Beard, and two companies of infantry, under the command of captains Brown and Lusk. Notwithstanding the vigilance of those companies, so extended are the frontiers of Mero, and covered with almost impenetrable canebrakes, the following will shew to what length the Indians have carried their depredations, since the attack on Buchannan’s station.
Monday Oct. 1. A party of Indians fired seven guns on James McRory, on the north side of Cumberland. About the same time, Benjamin Jocelin, on the south side of Cumberland, had about twenty guns discharged at him, neither of these persons were wounded.
Sunday, Oct. 7. A Mr. Irvine was shot through the thigh, on a road about six miles south of Nashville. The same day about two miles from the above place Thomas Thompson was fired at, but received no injury.
Wednesday, Oct. 3. William Stuart was killed about six miles from Nashville, on the north side of Cumberland. The same night the Indians burnt Stump’s distillery on White’s creek on the north side of Cumberland. His loss is computed at 1250 dollars.
Tuesday, Oct. 9. A party of Indians went to Sycamore creek, 18 miles from Nashville, and burnt the houses of James Fraser, ____ Riley, and Major Corfield, destroyed a quantity of corn, and shot down a number of hogs. They then proceeded to Bushy creek, on Red river where they burnt the house of Obadiah Roberts, and took off a number of horses. They were followed by a party of men, who killed one of the Indians and regained the horses.
The same day they took four horses from Major Ramsey, of Tennessee county.
Friday, Oct. 12. The Indians fired at Mr. Suggs, on White’s creek, on the north side of Cumberland and took from him ten valuable horses.
Sunday Oct. 15. The Indians shot at John Cotton, on station camp; seven balls passed through his clothes, none of which touched his skin.
The same day they fired on Francis Armstrong, at his plantation, four miles south of Nashville.

586. WH Sat Dec. 15, 1792: Martinsburgh, November 19.
Tuesday last a person by the name of Christopher Carnes, was detected in this town, in attempting to pass a counterfeit public security of fifty pounds; on his being searched, a number of false certificates, to the amount of five hundred pounds, were found upon him. He was committed to goal, and is this day to be examined by a special court for that purpose.
Last evening was brought to town and safely lodged in goal, Samuel Hunter, alias Samuel Williams, alias Samuel Wilson, who on Saturday fe’nnight [sic] passed a counterfeit certificate in this town: -- this person from many corroborating circumstances, has been concerned in this defrauding business with the above Carnes. He had in his possession a counterfeit certificate for 30 pounds when he was taken.
Yesterday morning, the wife of one Bingerman, a nailor, in Shepherd’s-Town was found dead in her bed: many marks of violence being found on her body. Bingerman having differed with her the evening preceding ­ and he having since disappeared, little doubt remains of his being the means of her death.

587. WH Sat Dec. 15, 1792: By a gentleman immediately from Canada, says a late Portsmouth paper, we are informed, that another battle with the hostile Indians will inevitably take place soon; he has been amongst those peacebly inclined for the purpose of purchasing furs, and by what we can learn from them, they are much exasperated at the insults offered by some of those outlawed vagrants who have fled from justice and took up their abode on the frontiers, and who are constantly doing something to enrage them. Our informant adds, that at the
place where he was, several Indians from the hostile tribes came in; they were all painted up for war, and looked more like devils than men ­ they seemed to be of a morose disposition, and were not pleased at the sight of a white person trading with those of their color; they belonged to the Shawanese, and he supposes they were in pursuit of horses, as they steered towards the English settlements. Murders and robberies are daily committed by such strolling parties as the above mentioned, which renders the situation of a traveller very critical.

588. WH Sat Dec. 15, 1792: Died.
At Berlin, in an advanced age, Capt. John Hinsdale.
At Springfield, Mrs. Sarah Lamb, widow, in the 103d year of her age.

589. WH Sat Dec. 15, 1792: A Natural Phenomenon!! A most wonderful event has lately occurred in the county of Kilkenny in Ireland. A bog of very large extent, has been agitated in a manner something resembling water when it boils. The noise it makes is tremendous, and may be heard at the distance of forty miles—Nor is this all. It has emitted with violent force, large pines which have been buried in its bosom several centuries, more than a mile in height, and they descend with such force as to bury part of their stems several feet in the earth, leaving the remainder in an erect position. Some of the pines, in their descent, have crushed some peasants and damaged many cottages. The bog
continues to be violently agitated, and to discharge about thirty pines daily!!! Rather more than a hundred years ago, a phenomenon of a similar nature happened in the county of Cavan.

590. WH Sat Dec. 22, 1792: George-Town, (S.C.) Oct. 27. On the 9th instant, at Cheraws, wile Mr. Godfrey and his family were absent from their house, a man entered into it, and after driving away the negroes, robbed the house of wearing apparel and other things to the value of fifty guineas.

591. WH Sat Dec. 22, 1792: Fredericksburgh, Nov. 23. Yesterday came on before a special corporation court, the examination of Mr. Thomas Ross, as the supposed instrument of the death of Mr. James William (carpenter). He is ordered for further trial at the district court. The character of Mr. Ross as a good neighbour, an honest and industrious man, is well established, and we hope for a favourable issue to this unfortunate affair.

592. WH Sat Dec. 22, 1792: Alexandria, Nov. 26. Last Sunday evening a Negro man (commonly called Boyd’s Anthony) lost his life in an encounter with one of his own colour. The circumstance occasioning his death (which was sudden) was a dislocation of one of the vertebrae of the neck. Some phenomenae occurred arising from the nature of the injury, which, as they are singular and therefore interesting to the gentlemen of the faculty, deserve to be mentioned. He was heard to articulate some words distinctly after the dislocation. The heart and arteries continued their action for many minutes after respiration had entirely ceased, and upon dissection a large quantity of blood was found in the cavity of the breast and in the air vessels of the lungs.

593. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: Augusta, November 17. On Monday last, the Circuit Court of the United States for this district was opened by the Hon. Thomas Johnson, one of the associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Hon. Nathaniel Pendleton, district Judge of this district. Four persons who sailed from Boston to the Island of Martinique, and from thence to Savannah in May last, were indicted and tried for stealing on the high seas, near the Island of Martinique, a number of Negroes belonging to the Island; Samuel Skinner of Boston, was Supercargo of the vessel, and who appeared to be the principal, was found guilty by the Jury, on his own confession, upon the
16th section of the law for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States, and sentenced to receive thirty nine lashes, to pay a fine of 100 dollars, all lawful charges of the prosecution, and to stand committed till the sentence was complied with. The other three prisoners to wit: Nathaniel Heckman, Robert Watts, and Nathaniel Ridgway were acquitted. The Court sat four days, during which time several civil causes were tried, and a general satisfaction seemed to prevail. Samuel Skinner, pursuant to the above mentioned sentence, was, on Wednesday last publicly whipped at the market house in this town.

594. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: Richmond, December 3. On Monday last we mentioned, that eight Cherokees had arrived at Knoxville to assure governor Blount of the pacific disposition of their nation; the gentleman who furnished us with a verbal account of the Indian movements which appeared in our paper on the abovementioned day, assures us that he so far erred in our detail, as their assurance of peace and friendship did not extend to the nation at large, but was confined merely to their own towns. At the time of the departure of the Warrior’s sun from Eastanaula, John Watts had so far recovered from the wounds which he had received in the attack on Buchanan’s Station, as to be able to
walk about with the assistance of a stick. We rather notice this circumstance, as a report has got into circulation that he had died of his wounds. The bloody fellow had gone to Pensacola, to hold a talk with the Spanish governor; from whence he was expected to return fully bent on war against the citizens of these states.

595. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: Portland, December 13. Sunday Last arrived here Brig Swan Capt. Milliken from Martinique. On his passage in lat. 36 long. 68 came athwart a wrecked Sloop almost new, yellow sides, having a small figurehead ­ Masts sails and rigging gone by the board, floating alongside. Capt. Milliken took from the wreck several articles of sails and rigging and some provisions ­ several barrels had on them the name “Norwich”. She appeared to be out but a few days from port. Her stern was torn from the hull, so that no name was discovered. A shirt was found on board marked D. Vail.

596. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: Married. At Mansfield, Mr. Elijah Martin, to Miss Polly Balcom.

597. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: The Member of the Windham Literary Society, are informed, that their usual meeting will be held at Mr. Perkins’ office, on Wednesday evening next, 6 o’clock.

598. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: Ran away from the subscriber on the 17th inst. Samuel Bumpos, an indented servant man, about 22 years old. Whoever will return said servant, shall receive two cents reward, and no charges paid. All persons are forbid harbouring said Bumpos, on penalty of the law. Jonathan Hovey. Mansfield, 27th, Dec. 1792.

599. WH Sat Dec. 29, 1792: The subscribers request all those in the North Society of Canterbury, who have taken the Windham Herald the year past, or who wish to take them the year ensuing, to meet at Lieut. David Litchfield’s, inholder in the North Society in Canterbury, on Thursday the 3d day of January next, at one o’clock P.M. in order to adopt regular measures to obtain said paper. John Adams, Roswell Parish, December 25, 1792.

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