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400. WH Sat Jul. 7, 1792: Extract of a letter dated, Trenton, June 8.
“A coroner’s inquest was held on Wednesday last, on the body of a young Negro woman (late the property of Samuel Hunt) at the Presbyterian church Maidenhead (where it had been sent the evening preceding, for interment.) The Coroner’s inquest reports, that her death was occasioned by a most barbarous and inhuman whipping which she survived but a few hours, inflicted by her said master. To his
shame be it spoken, he is seventy years of age. The murder was committed by him and a connection of his by the name of Elias Hunt, under the direction and superintendance of Mrs. Hunt, wife of the former. Such of the Jurors as I have had an opportunity of conversing with on the subject say, that from the appearance of the mangled remains of the poor wretch, they are of opinion that a more painful death than she must have suffered can scarcely be possible; refused by her mistress even a drink of water, which she supplicated with her last words; and yet
these monsters are not even committed to prison.
Elias Hunt is in the custody of the Coroner, but Samuel Hunt has been suffered to slip out of the way and his connections are taking measures to have him bailed, while Mrs. Hunt, who is generally believed to be the most criminal of the three, it is feared will entirely elude punishment.
One of the Jurors assured me, that if a judgment might be formed from Mrs. Hunt’s countenance when she appeared before the inquest, she felt less concerned on the occasion than he did at that moment on her account.”

401. WH Sat Jul. 7, 1792: New London. Died. Mr. John Richards, aged 56 years.

402. WH Sat Jul. 7, 1792: New London. On Wednesday of last week the Rev. William Brown was ordained to the pastoral office over the first church and society in Glastenbury.

403. WH Sat Jul. 7, 1792: Cancers. Repeated applications of leeches to Cancers have been attended with great success. A man who had undergone the operation of the knife on a Cancer in his lower lip, without being cured, was advised to apply leeches ­ the three first, after sucking a considerable time, dropped off, dead—a few days after three more were applied, these died like the former of the cancerous poison—in less than a week he applied three more, which, after sucking some time, dropped off alive. This wrought a perfect cure.

404. WH Sat Jul. 7, 1792: Extract of a letter from a French gentleman in America to his friend in France. “In America it seems as tho every man was born a politician: From their very infancy they become acquainted, not only with the politics of their own country, but also with foreign; so that the most ignorant amongst them are as well acquainted with the checks and balances of power, as the most sapient European politician—and it is very necessary that they should possess this knowledge, as all of them are eligible to a seat in the Legislature; in which
you will not find, as in an English House of Lords, “some who cannot read,” as is asserted by one of their poets of the strictest varacity. They are very great news mongers—and on the least hint of any extraordinary matter, the merchant leaves debtor and creditor—the lawyer his fees—the taylor quits stay-tape and buckram, and jumps from his board—the blacksmith throws by his sledge—and the barber leaves his customer half shaved, and all gather around the person who brought the intelligence. Those who can crowd near him keep incessantly interrogating him, while others, who remain outside, with hats off, and ears open, catch every thing that is said. I remember one time upon the arrival of some very important news, seeing a poor labouring man with some meat in his hand, who doubtless must have been much interested in the intelligence, run his head into the throng, and listen with as much attention as if his eternal salvation depended on it—while a large
dog was, in the greatest composure, devouring his meat; but so entirely engaged was the poor news-monger in hearing the report, that he never perceived his meat was gone, till the dog began to gnaw his knuckles—when he discovered the disaster, he did not, like his uncle John Bull, fall in to a passion, and call the dog hard names but turning to those about him, said with the greatest sang froid, Well I’ll go buy some more ­ every thing ought to be pleased at such good news; and so, Mr. son-of-a-bitch, you are welcome to my meat.

405. WH Sat Jul. 7, 1792: Taintor & Isham have just received from Bristol, a very large assortment of Brass Kettles, and from London, an assortment of Pewter, of an excellent quality, and from New-York, a few articles of Dry Goods. Their present necessity for money, will oblige them to sell the above articles very cheap for Cash. Windham, 19th June, 1792.

406. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Philadelphia, June 30. The Kentucky Gazette, of the 12th of May, contains the following information, viz. A prisoner that was taken by the Indians the week before last, made his escape. He informs that he was taken by fifteen Indians, and kept several days in the settlement, during which time the Indians obliged him to call families out of their houses, while they lay in ambush, to murder them whenever they should appear; happily it had not the intended effect—part of the Indians were Delawares and the balance hawanese—they
told him they did not intend taking prisoners, except negroes, which they could sell at Detroit for two kegs of taffey [tassey?], and wished him to conduct them to where they could get negroes; but informed them he knew of no place where there were negroes but what was also strongly defended with white men ­they informed him that a number of their men were encamped near the Ohio, on the other side: When they got near the Ohio, they shewed signs of fear, least the Kentuckians, had gone forward to the Ohio to intercept them, and stop a few miles on this side to wait till night and cross before day—in the course of the night, while the Indians were asleep, he loosed himself, by chewing the cords with which he was bound, and which were made of raw leather, and made his escape.

407. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Philadelphia, June 30. A correspondent hopes the influence of the celebrated Capt. Brant, over the tribes of Indians now at war with the United States, will be exerted to produce a cessation of hostilities, and an amicable treaty, founded on mutual advantages: Our correspondent suggests, that his visit to the seat of Federal Government, is probably with some such views. Should peace succeed to the present desolating war, he further proposes sending proper persons to reside among the Indian tribes, under the authority of the United States, in order to prevent any further breach, by removing any cause of complaint that might arise.

408. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Philadelphia. A boat from this city to the Jersey shore, was overset within fifty rods of Samuel Cooper’s wharf. There were in the boat Capt. Scott, Mr. Blake, his wife and four small children, a young woman, and Mr. Betis, in all nine persons, none of whom could swim except Capt. Scott. The Captain, by the most astonishing and praiseworthy exertions, was able, providentially, to save them all. He swam ashore with one child hanging round his neck, and one on each arm; and he returned to the boat amidst the boisterous waves, raging in a furious and frightful manner, and bro’t the others, who had with much difficulty held by the boat, safe to land. For the honor of Captain Scott, an old and valient soldier, a son of Massachusetts, this circumstance should be handed down to posterity.

409. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Extract of a letter from Knoxville, territory of the United States, South of the river Ohio, June 2, 1792. “The Indians are still troublesome; they attacked Judge Campbell on his way from Court; there were four others in company but all escaped. Two boys were killed about twelve miles from this place, and a man fired at by four Indians about twenty miles of; each ball passed through his clothes, but did no further mischief.

410. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Salem, July 3. Capt. Thomas Putnam,of the brig William and Henry, arrived yesterday from Copenhagen, which left the 8th of May. Ankerstrom, the Swedish rigicide [who assassinated the King of Sweden], he informs, has been executed, pursuant to his sentence. He was publickly whipped three different times, in the market places—ignominiously exposed in view in the pillory—his right hand was cut off—and finally he was beheaded, quartered, and exposed at the common place of execution. To the last he gloried in the deed,
which, he said, he had rid his country of a tyrant.

411. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Danbury, July 2. Last Friday Robert Jackson, alias Johnson, alias perhaps a dozen other names, by trade a currier, considerably advanced in life, and far in iniquity, was tried and convicted before justice Mygatt, of stealing one man’s saddle and one woman’s saddle, the property of Mr. William Peet of Stratford, and compelled to dance a jig at the public post, to his own tune, of ­Oh my dear, strike high. He was afterwards sold, to defray costs and damages.

412. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Windham, July 14. The 16th anniversary of American Independence, has been celebrated with great demonstration of joy, in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, &c.

413. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: The citizens of Charleston, at a late meeting of the inhabitants, passed a number of resolves, to adopt effectual measures to prevent in future a practice that has long prevailed in the northern states, “of shipping off to South-Carolina those of their slaves condemned for crimes, and otherwise guilty of offences.”

414. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Died. Capt. Zebulon Hebard, aged 78.

415. WH Sat Jul. 14, 1792: Genuine French brandy, and Maxwell’s Scotch Snuff, by the bladder or less quantity, for sale, by Timo. Warren. Windham, 12th July, 1792.

416. WH Sat Jul. 21, 1792: Salem, July 10.
A superb plan of a Capitol has been forwarded to the Commissioners of the federal buildings in the city of Washington, by an eminent artist in this town; and which, it is sanguinely expected by those who have seen it, will command the premium of a city lot and 500 dollars.
We hear that the ingenious Mr. Perkins, of Newburyport, has been sent for to Philadelphia, to execute the coinage of the United States.

417. WH Sat Jul. 21, 1792: Providence, July 14. At the Supreme Judicial Court holden in the County of York (State of Massachusetts) on the 3d Instant, Joshua Abbot, jun. of Berwick, was tried for the Murder of Moses Gubtail, on the 7th of February last, in striking him with a piece of an oaken Plank. The Jury, after having been out eight Hours, found the Prisoner guilty, and he received Sentence of Death.

418. WH Sat Jul. 21, 1792: Fresh Mulberry feed of the best quality, to be sold by Alfred Elderkin. Windham, July 19, 1792.

419. WH Sat Jul. 28, 1792: Worcester, July 19. On Sunday night last four of the prisoners confined in the goal in this town, viz. Paul Caldwell, imprisoned for forgery; Jeremiah Nightingale, for horse stealing; James M. Dole, and Edward Burns, made their escape by digging through the floor and under the foundation of the building. Seventy dollars are offered as a reward for all of them, viz. ­ forty for Caldwell ­ twenty for Nightingale ­ five for each of the others.

420. WH Sat Jul. 28, 1792: Stockbridge, July 10. On the 4th ult. as a son of Mr. Thomas Maxon, of Newmarlborough about 12 years of age, was driving a waggon down a hill, some of the boards slipped against the horses heels, which frightened them in such a manner that they soon disengaged themselves from the waggon, and the lad being entangled in the harness, was drawn ten or twelve rods, which bruised him in
such a manner that he expired next day.

421. WH Sat Jul. 28, 1792: Danbury, July 14. Last Tuesday afternoon a melancholy accident happened at New-Milford, the particulars (if we are rightly informed) are as follows: Mr. Amos Collins, of that town, between 40 and 50 years of age, who was rendered blind by the small-pox in his minority, has been employed for several years in ringing the public bell and taking care of the clock—finding the bell-rope out of order, ascended the steeple to repair it, attended by several children, who are fond of his company. Having accomplished his purpose, began his descent, with a child in his arms and a young lad having hold of his coat; unfortunately coming to a part of the stairs where the hand-rail was wanting he stepped off, and drew the lad after him. There being only the ground-floor to the steeple, they fell forty-four feet. The former instantly expired; the children were much bruised, and senseless, but have so far revived, that we are not without hopes of their recovery.


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