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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WINDHAM HERALD 1791-1795
203. WH Sat Jul 5, 1794: North Ord, (Branford) June
20. On Thursday afternoon, 19th inst. passed over this place a cloud
out of the S.W. the head of which was very thick and heavy, like
the common thunder cloud; but of a very light smoaky colour and agitated
beyond description. Its height and diametrical extent about
one eighth of a mile; of a circular figure, whirling in a most violent
manner from its center. From its center issued a vortex of air, (similar
to what is often seen in water) which descended to the earth, and
alternately increased from 1 to 2 rods apparently, but really from
5 to 20. As I stood and viewed it, at times it appeared to divide
into a number of whirls, yet all complete in one. This vortex had
constant communication with the cloud above, and when it contracted
(the vortex) the wind lulled a little, but when it expanded, frightful
to behold! The herbage of the field, the fowls of heaven, fences,
leaves, boughs and trunks of trees filled the atmosphere, and whirled
204. WH Sat Jul 5, 1794: Windham, July 5, 1794. Died
205. WH Sat Jul 5, 1794: New, useful, fashionable, and cheap Goods. Jonathan Devotion, & Co. Have just received from New-York, a large and elegant assortment of useful, fashionable and cheap Goods, which they will sell for Cash, country produce, or on credit. Windham, June 30, 1794.
206. WH Sat Jul 5, 1794: David & Matthew Bolles, Have just received, and now ready for sale, an elegant assortment of European & India Goods: Among which are; A variety of beautiful and fashionable light and dark coloured chintzes and calicoes, shawls, muslins, modes, tiffany, farcenet, laces, ribbons, silk and other handkerchiefs, sustians, stockinet, royal rib, ribdelure, featherd cord, ribdenim, ribbet, fancy-cord, vest patterns, moreen, shalloons, tammles, calimanco, durants, &c. wool-cards, case-knives and forks, and other knives, pins, needles &c. Rum, Gin, Wine, Tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, molasses, allspice, raisins, currants, and other Groceries. Also, a fresh and general assortment of Drugs & Medicine, Physicians, and others, supplied upon as good terms as at any other store in the state. Likewise, a variety of painters colours, and dye-stuffs, consisting of white-lead, red do. Spanish brown, do. white, spruce-yellow, Prussian blue, verdigrise, arnatto, madder, cochineal, smalt; first and second qualities Indigo, remarkably low. Also, crucibles, lead-pots, borax, &c. They are determined to sell as low as are generally sold at retail in the cheapest cash stores in this state; for Cash, and most kinds of produce in their several seasons. Ashford, June 15, 1794.
207. WH Sat Jul 5, 1794: (Never before Published.)
Epitaph. By Timothy Dwight, D.D.
Is erected to the memory
208. WH Sat Jul 5, 1794: Augusta (Georgia) May 14.
Fort-Fidius, May 10, 1794. Sir, I have to inform your Excellency
that this morning between the hours of 10 and 11, a party of one
hundred and fifty mounted militia, under the command of Major Adams
attacked the Indian camp, on the other side the Oconee, opposite
to this port. The Indians were dispersed; some fled to this garrison
for protection, there were before the affair happened, about twenty
in the Fort, who were to have left us this evening: they had been
waiting for the return of the Chiefs from Augusta; and conceived
themselves under the care of the United States. That no disagreeable
consequences might follow, they were all sent away about two oclock
this afternoon, except one who had been hired by Mr. Seagrove as
an interpreter, and Mr. Barnard and his son. It is extremely painful
for me to transmit to your Excellency this disagreeable intelligence.
The hopes of peace appear to be blasted; as both sides are now greatly
irritated. I have however the pleasure to inform you that there has
not been any killed, and I have not heard of but one being wounded,
on either side. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect,
your Excellencys most obedient humble servant.
209. WH Sat Jul 12, 1794: Philadelphia, June 25. Last evening an express arrived in town from the Head-Quarters of the Western Army. We understand that the following was the only material occurrences that had taken place with the troops under Major-General Wayne. On the 13th of May last, the advanced guard of an escort of seventy infantry, and eighteen dragoons under the command of Lieut. Clark, having in their charge 700 horses belonging to the contractors, and the quarter master generals department, were suddenly attacked by a party of Indians, who killed the corporal and five of the men, at the first fire. The dragoons who were in the rear of the advanced party, headed by Lieut. Lee of the infantry, charged the Indians and put them to flight before the infantry could come up, killed one Indian, and took six rifles, some blankets and provisions. The army were to be reinforced by mounted volunteers from Kentucky, and would probably soon move forward into the Indian country in considerable force.
210. WH Sat Jul 12, 1794: July 4. On Sunday the 22d of June, departed this life Richard Henry Lee, at his seat at Chantilly in Westmoreland county, Virginia, in the 63rd year of his age; a Philosopher, a Patriot, and a Sage: - these characters he had supported through his life; at his death they supported him and he died as he had lived; blessed his country.
211. WH Sat Jul 12, 1794: Hartford, July 7. On Friday
last, the anniversary of American Independence, the Society of Cincinnati
for the State of Connecticut, met in this city. At 11 oclock,
the Society, preceded by a ban of music, moved in procession from
the State House to the North Meeting House, where a prayer suited
to the occasion was made by the Rev. Mr. Strong, and an Oration,
replete with sentiments truly republican, was delivered by Mr. Elijah
Waterman. After the exercises were finished, the procession returned
in the same manner to the
212. WH Sat Jul 12, 1794: Strayed from the subscriber about the middle of May last, a bay yearling Mare Colt, with a white star in the forehead, and one white hind foot. Likewise, a two year old Mule, and a light brown Mare Colt. Whoever will take up said Colts, and give information to the owner, so that he may have them again, shall be handsomely rewarded, and all necessary charges paid by William Sharpe. Pomfret, (Abington society) July 5, 1794.
213. WH Sat Jul 12, 1794: Particular account of the
late Tornado at New-Milford. New-Milford, June 24, 1794. Last Thursday
week we were visited with the most tremendous tornado ever known
in these parts, or perhaps in America. It entered this town a little
below the north-west corner, and proceeded a few degrees south of
east. Several intelligent gentlemen have pursued its path thro this
town, and made as accurate observations as the confused ruins will
permit. Its breadth at the medium was about 60 rods, varying according
to the situation of ground, widest in valleys. Happily for us it
passed thro a tract not the most thickly inhabited. The havock
it made with timber is undscribable. The sturdiest oak the toughest
walnut, with every other tree in its way, are prostrated in every
direction, some torn up by the roots, but most twisted off from 3
to 15 feet high. Its path through woods is visible as far as the
eye can reach. Every fence is demolished; not sparing even the stone
walls. Providentially but few cattle were killed; 23 buildings were
destroyed, or materially damaged,being all, save one, in its course;
of these, 12 were unroofed, and otherwise racked and torn (House
of Ben. Ha[dloch?], barn of Jer. Baldwin, house and saw-mill of Jno.
Marsh, house of Gershom Bennett, do. of Joseph Henne[ss?], barn of
Capt. Reuben Bostwick, house and furniture of David Johnson, do.
of Uriah Tucker, saw-mill and grist-mill of Enos Camp, and a school
house. 8 barns were demolished from the foundations (1 of Ben. Hadlock,
w of Jno Marsh, 1 of Gershom Bennett, 1 of Ben Stone, jun. 1 of David
Johnson, 1 of Ben Morehouse.); 3 houses were destroyed (Widow Davenports,
Ben Stones, jun. Thad Collinss), one of the houses owned
by Mr. Ben Stone, jun. was stript of all its covering and much of
its timber, and swept of all its furniture, clothing and provision,
to the lower floor, scarcely an article was found whole, and much
cannot be found at all. Mrs. S. was not at home; Mr. S. with 4 children
took to the barn, which was new and strong, but just as they entered
the bay the barn overset and
214. WH Sat Jul 19, 1794: Philadelphia, July 7. This forenoon arrived here from the southward, by land, Piomingo, or the Mountain leader, and a number of other Warriors of the Chickasaw Nation.
215. WH Sat Jul 19, 1794: New-London, July 17. Friday night last, a small sloop belonging to Middletown, bound to New-York, Thomas Goodwin, master, sprang a leak, and sunk about a mile from Eatons Neck, Long-Island; they attempted to run her upon the Neck, and unfortunately delayed leaving her so long, that before they effected it, she had become water-logd, and the sea running high, made a fair breach over the decks. On board were the Captain, one hand, the Captains wife and her sister, daughters of Mr. Elihu Starr, of Middletown; the women were swept from the vessel and drownd, and the men reached the shore in the boat, with the greatest difficulty.
216. WH Sat Jul 19, 1794: Advertisement. Stolen out of the pasture of the subscriber the night following the 7th inst. a red Mare, four years old last spring, shod only before, with a white streak in her face, her near hind foot white above her ancle, which carefully observed appears a little bigger than the other; trots and paces, never docked. Whoever will take up said Mare and Thief, or give information where either of them may be found and secured, shall be generously rewarded, and all necessary charges paid, by John Staples. Canterbury, July 8, 1794.
217. WH Sat Jul 19, 1794: Anecdote of Leonora of Aquitaine. About the year 1146, Louis VII thought it a matter of Conscience to give an example of commission to the command of the bishops on the subject of long hair; he did not only shorten that but even shaved his beard. Leonora of Aquitaine, a vivacious, flighty, jocose princess whom he had married, rallied him upon his short hair, and shaved chin; he devoutly replied to her, that these things were not to be jested with. A woman who once begins to find her husband ridiculous, seldom hesitates about affairs of gallantry, if she has the least turn that way. Leonora received pleasure from the love and assiduities of the prince of Antioch, Louis perceived it, & repented having carried her into Syria. Upon his return from the Crusade, he upbraided her in the sharpest manner; she replied with much haughtiness, and concluded with proposing a divorce to him, adding, that she knew how to procure one, as a trick had been put upon her; for that she thought to have married a prince, and she had wedded nothing but a monk. The misunderstanding between them unhappily increased, and their marriage was dissolved. Six weeks after she was married to Henry duke of Normandy, count of Anjou, and afterwards king of England, who obtained with her, by way of dower, Poitou and Guienne. Hence, arose those wars which ravaged France near three hundred years. Upwards of three million Frenchmen perished, because an archbishop was offended with long hair; because a king had cut his hair, and shaved his head; and because his wife looked upon him ridiculous with his short hair and shaven chin.
218. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: July 18. (By Express.) Sir, The inclosed papers from Capt. Denny came to hand yesterday, which with two letters directed to your excellency, and one to Gen. Knox, I now send to you express, as they contain matters of the utmost importance to the state. The British have at length succeeded in accomplishing their long wished for object in getting the Six Nations to join the western Indians against the United States, and I am afraid our frontiers will feel the effects. Your Excellency may rest assured that nothing shall be wanting on my part to afford them and Capt. Denny every assistance in my power. I have the honour to be, &c. Your Excellencys humble servant, John Gibson.
219. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: Pittsburgh, July 7th, 1794. Copy of a letter from Israel Chapin, Superintendant of Indian affairs for the six Nations, to the Commandant at Le Boeuf. Presque Isle, June 24, 1794; 3 oclock, p.m. Dear Sir, I have just arrived at this place with a deputation from the Six Nations of Indians consisting of 16 Chiefs and warriors, with a message we were desired to deliver to some people whom they supposed were here, I thought it would be consistent to inform you of my arrival, and that I shall be at Le Bouef to-morrow at 2 oclcok, with this deputation, I am, sir, your obedient servant, Israel Chapin, Superintendant of the Six Nations.
220. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: State of Connecticut, July
15, 1794. Brigade Orders for the 5th Brigade. The Lieut. Col. Commandants
of the regiments of infantry, and the Maj. Commandant of the regiment
of cavalry, are directed to parade their respective regiments at
Hampton, on the third day of September next, for the purpose of inspection
and review. The men must be on the parade precisely at 9 oclock
in the forenoon. The inspection and annual returns are then also
to be made. By order of the Brigadier-General, John McClellan, Brigade-Major.
221. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: The first company in the 5th regiment, are requested to have their accoutrements in compleat order immediately. Per order of Lebbeus Larrabe, Captain. July 25, 1794.
222. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: To be sold by the Subscriber, A Compleat set of Surgeons instruments for trepaning and amputating. Also, Bells Surgery, in 6 vols.;Cullens Lines or Practice of Physic, 4 vols.;Cullens Materia Medica, 2 vols, and Quincys Dispensatory. The above Instruments and Books will be sold cheap for Cash or short credit by Edmund Badger, Windham, July 24, 1794.
223. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: On the 21st July inst. the following articles were stolen from the subscriber, living in Holland, (Massachusetts) viz. One silver watch, a blue broadcloth coat, cotton stockings, two ruffled shirts, three yards holland, one yard and half of calico, one piece thickset for pair breeches, and many other articles, and five or six dollars in cash, in all to the value of forty or fifty dollars. The suspected thief calls himself William Armstrong, is about 22 years of age, of a middling stature, light complexion, and has a large-blemish in his right eye. Whoever will take up said thief and goods, and return them to me, or secure the thief so that he may be brought to justice, shall have Five Dollars reward, and all necessary charges paid by Amasa Lolph. Holland, July 23, 1794.
224. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: It having been inserted in
some newspapers of the State, through the mistake of gentleman who
were entrusted with the sale of tickets) that Stonington Lottery
would positively commence drawing on the 19th ult. in consequence
of which, and the postponement of the drawing until the 2d Monday
of September next many complaints and much dissatisfaction have arisen;
the managers think it incumbent on them to inform the public that
these advertisements were published without their knowledge and instructions,
225. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: Websters 1st, 2d and 3d parts, for sale at this office, by the dozen or single.
226. WH Sat Jul 26, 1794: (The following was published in a Hand-bill in London, on the 17th of March. It developes the most horid circumstance, that ever astonished a newspaper reader.) Horrid Practice Detected. To such an alarming pitch has the practice of stealing dead bodies arisen, that repose and security is not to be found even in the grave. It was but the other day that Lambeth Church Yard was robbed of more than two hundred bodies, as appeared by the empty coffins dug up. Last summer, it may be remembered, three cart loads of human bodies and limbs were emptied in a field near the City Road, to the great offence and danger of the inhabitants of this city: as from the extreme heat of the weather, and the putred state of the flesh, an infection was to be feared. About the same time two cart loads were emptied at Pancrass. The following are all the particulars yet discovered, concerning the present offence. Near Mile End Turnpike a man and his wife have for some time resided, who, by the inhabitants of that neighbourhood were suspected of receiving dead bodies in their house. On Monday noon a hackney-coach was by some persons observed to stop at the door, and a hamper and a sack being removed from it drew their attention; when one of them saw a human hand hanging out of the latter. Immediate information of this circumstance was given to the Police Office, White Chapel. In consequence of which several of the officers searched the house, and entering the kitchen found in two coppers a number of human limbs boiling, and the flesh nearly off the bones, in a back parlour, some tubs filled with lime water, in which were a number of human skulls; and in the rooms above, several bodies and human limbs: in the whole, there was nearly Forty Skulls discovered, and Limbs and Bodies in proportion. The man and woman who lived in the house were taken into custody by the officers, and were with much difficulty conveyed in safety to the Police Office, so exasperated were the mob that had there collected. In the course of their examination, they said they had received the bodies from Surgeons, in order to prepare for skeletons. They were committed to prison. The mob broke the windows of the house from top to bottom, and would have gone to further acts of violence, but the officers appeased them. But what renders this offence against humanity more horrid, is that there is a great reason to think from the state in which some of the bodies were found, that they did not die a natural death; some of the flesh being quite firm and fat, and fresh as if just killed. It is hoped proper inquiry will be instituted, to bring the perpetrators of such shocking crimes to condign punishment. Account of Use. To which the several parts of the human body is applied, by those who deal in carcases. Of the bones they make skeletons, and lamp-black; of the fat tallow for candles, and other uses: it is also used in medicine. Of the solid flesh it is difficult to say what use is made; but this we know, that the tongues, hams, cheeks, and other parts were found in a salt pickle, as if preparing a feast for Cannibals, for such it seems we have in this country.
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