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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WINDHAM HERALD 1791-1795
104. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Savannah, May 5. The negro fellow named King, who murdered Mr. Munges, of May river, as mentioned in our last, was taken on Friday last, after dangerously wounding a young man of the name of Strabhar, (one of the party who went in search of him) by firing upon him with a musket. He has since been tried, and sentenced to be gibbeted alive.
105. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Pittsburgh, May 7. By Captain
Edward Butler, just from Yellow creek, which falls into the Ohio
on the west side, some distance below Fort McIntish, we have the
intelligence, that the guard at the block-house at that place were
attacked by the Indians, precisely about the same time, and on the
same morning that a party, of which we in our last gave some account,
made their appearance at the ferry house opposite the town of Pittsburg.
They had watched (we speak of the affair at Yellow creek) the opening
the door to relieve the centinel, and that instant that the centinel
that was on guard, and who stood at one corner of the blockhouse,
that is, wounded him by a shot through the body, but making for the
creek, and jumping into a canoe he was pursued by an Indian, who
tomahawked and scalped him. In the mean time the Indians rushing
into the house discharged their pieces on the guard, and wounded
one man, who endeavouring to make his escape up the ladder to the
upper floor, was tomahawked by an Indian. One ball just grazed the
temple of Capt. Forbis, who commanded the guard, and four others
struck the log above his head, the splinters and bits of which cut
his face, and left it as if scarified. The guard by this time had
got awake, and the Indians made their escape in haste and unhurt.
There were twenty men of the guard, and eight Indians. This appeared
by the tracks discovered by Captain Butler, who coming to this post
the day after, scoured the woods with a party, for some distance
in pursuit of them.
106. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: New York, May 26. Lost, or Mislaid, a Ladys Rump, in fine preservation, coming from the last City ball in Broad way: If brought in good order, within a month from the date hereof, twenty guineas will be paid on the receipt of the same, without any questions being asked. N.B. It was made upon the genuine elastic principle, and will suit almost any size or dimensions.
107. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Salem, May 24. On Friday last, the venerable Mr. John Symonds, of this town, entered the one hundredth year of his age. He is the only male person who has arrived at that great age, from the first settlement of the town by the English in 1629 to this day.
108. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Danbury, May 23. Monday night last, the Ironworks of Messrs. E. and E. Washborn, merchants in this town, was consumed by fire. From some circumstances, it appears highly probable, that an apprentice of Mr. Ephm. Washborn, had the audacity to set fire to the building. By the assistance of the benevolent inhabitants, those gentlemen will in a few days have their Ironworks rebuilt, and be enabled to resume that important branch of manufacture.
109. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: New-Haven, May 25. On Wednesday last, Mr. Stephen Brown, of this place, and Mr. Stephen Atwater of Hamden, returning from Saybrook, to this harbour, in a two mast boat, she struck on a reef about one mile, from East-Haven shore, and upset, (the wind blowing fresh at the time) and they were both drowned. They were seen and heard to call for help, but no boat could be procured in season to relieve them. Three persons met the same fate, on the above reef, in about six years since.
110. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Extract of a letter from
Lancaster, (Penn.) April 5. On Friday the 1st inst. in the
morning, after 7 oclock, we had a wonderful light here a
fiery ball, of the size of a bread basket, with a tail to it as long
as the street is broad, flew over this town, in a direction from
east to south; it was of a palish colour, and dropped some sparks.
Late the same night a heavy thunder storm came on, and the next morning
a fine powder was observed on the ground, and on the standing waters,
which, on being examined, appeared to possess all the properties
of Brimstone, except the smell.
111. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Windham. The noted Thomas Mount, who, about two years since was whipped in this town for burglary, was last week, on Friday, executed at Little-Rest (R. Island) for a similar offence committed in that state.
112. WH Sat Jun. 4, 1791: Mr. Printer, That earthquakes are produced by natural causes, cannot be doubted; for we find that all the operations of nature, so far as we can become acquainted with them, are carried on according to fixed principles, which were established in the beginning by the all-wise Creator; so that we are not to suppose there is any more immediate agency of divine providence in an earthquake, than in a storm of rain or in the blowing of the wind. The immediate cause of earthquakes may be an explosion of some vapor produced in the cavity of the earth by the mixture of certain mineral substances; or they may be occasioned by electricity, which is the modern theory of philosophers. Whichever cause we suppose produces them, their effects and the end which they are designed to answer, may be the same. These ends are undoubtedly wise and benevolent; for as God is infinitely wise and good, reason and revelation teach us to suppose that all the operations of nature are designed for wise and good purposes. It is true that in many instances partial evil results from these, but still much greater good may on the whole be produced. Tho towns, and even large extents of country have been devoured by earthquakes, we are not thence to suppose that this was the original design of the great Architect, when, in forming the grand system of nature, he so constructed the internal parts of the earth, that at certain times there should be commotions in the earth, which we denominate earthquakes. We are rather to conclude good to have been the object of the contrivance. May we not suppose earthquakes produce the same effects in the internal parts of the earth, that ploughing, hoeing, &c. produce upon the superficies; that they loosen the earth, and make it more suitable for vegetation, and that they are as necessary for the production of the fruits of the earth, as tilling the soil, or as the influence of the sun and showers of rain. A Correspondent.
113. WH Sat Jun. 11, 1791: Richmond, May 19, On Friday the 9th of March last, Samuel Brady and Fraincois MGuire, assembled an armed force, and made an attack upon a party of Deleware Indians on Beaver Creek in the State of Pennsylvania, who were in friendship with the United States, and killed four of them, after which the perpetrators fled into this State; in consequence thereof the governor has affixed a proclamation offing a reward of 600 dollars for the delivery of Brady and MGuire, to the executive authority of the State of Pennsylvania, in order that they may be tried agreeable to the laws of the State.
114. WH Sat Jun. 11, 1791: Albany, May 26. By a gentleman of veracity, who resides at the settlement of Appletown, between the Seneca and Cayuga _akes, which place he left yesterday fennight [sic], we are informed, that the Six Nations of Indians (the Cayuga excepted, who are reduced to less than a dozen families) are extremely peaceable and quiet, and appear as anxious to maintain the present tranquility as any of the citizens of the United States. That the report of a settlements being destroyed, is supposed to have originated from the murders which were lately committed at French creek, on the Alleghany river, by some of the Southern Indians. Mr. Latta of Canadasago, which place he left this day week, and is now in this city, confirms the above information, and farther informs us that on or about the 20th of March last, he was at Buffaloe creek, to which place he carried a message to the Indians from Col. Proctor of his intentions of holding a treaty with them as soon as he could conveniently reach that post; that the Indians were much pleased with this message, and immediately sent word thereof to their friend, Col. Butler, at Niagara with a request, that he would send them some pork, rum, &c. which they were in want of to treat their American friends, (meaning Col. Proctor and others) at the intended treaty; that the answer of Col. Butler evinced a readiness to supply them, & a friendly disposition towards the Americans; that Col. Pickering is to hold a treaty with the Six Nations, at the Painted Post, on the Pennsylvania line, on the 15th of June, which it is expected there will be a very general attendance of the Indians; and that every appearance favors of a renewal of the former treaties, and a brightening of the covenant chain between the Indian tribes in that quarter, and the United States of America.
115. WH Sat Jun. 11, 1791: Albany. May 26. In this city, within six weeks past, upwards of nine hundred persons have been inoculated for the small pox and taken it the natural way(nearly one quarter of the whole number of souls); and pleasing to add, but one person, and that a child has died with it.
116. WH Sat Jun. 11, 1791: Windham. Yesterday fen_ight [sic], towards evening, as Mr. Benjamin Moulton of Hampton, and his son, about eleven years of age, were driving a loaded team, the lad, by an unfortunate step, stumbled and fell directly forward of one of the wheels, which running over him, bruised him in so shocking a manner, that he died before the next morning. Mr. Moulton, was but a small distance behind the team - he saw his son fall, but could not stop the oxen soon enough to prevent the fatal accident.
117. WH Sat Jun. 18, 1791: Pittsburgh, May 2. A letter received in this town, on Sunday last, from Lieut. Jeffers, at Fort Franklin, mentions that an Indian had arrived there, who brought him intelligence that 300 warriors of the Chipawa and other nations had set out for war, and that they were determined to strike on the Alleghany or Ohio, near Pittsburgh; that 100 more were preparing, but their destination was not know.
118. WH Sat Jun. 18, 1791: The heirs of Noah Huntly, John Harman, John Lyon, Charles Ransom, Hezekiah Pease, Peter Roberts, Justus Squire, William Scott, Stephen Wood, and Moses Woodward, late soldiers in Capt. Hearts company, first U.S. regiment; who fell at the Miami villages in the actions of the 19th and 22d of October last, are notified that near ten months pay was due to said solders respectively By applying to a Probate Office they may inform themselves of the necessary steps to be taken for obtaining the same.
119. WH Sat Jun. 18, 1791: Strayed from the subscriber the 10th of last May, a dark brown, line back, three year old Steer; whoever will take up and return said Steer to me, the subscriber, shall have six shillings reward, and necessary charges paid by Timothy Larrabe.
120. WH Sat Jun. 18, 1791: The hon. court of probate for the district of Windham, having allows six months from the date hereof, for the creditors of the estate of Ezra Loomiss, late of Lebanon deceased, to bring in their claimsall persons having any demands on said estate are notified to exhibit them properly attested, within said time or be debarred a recovery. Joseph Sullard, Abraham Loomiss, Admrs. Lebanon, June 16, 1791.
121. WH Sat Jun. 25, 1791: Lexington, April 23. On
Saturday evening last, a party of 3 Indians stole a number of horses
from the forks of Elk-Horn, in Woodward county; they were pursued
and overtaken within about 5 miles of the Ohio, 2 of them were killed,
and the horses re-taken.
122. WH Sat Jun. 25, 1791: Shepherds-Town, May 31. Copy of a letter from Racoon-Creek, of a late date, to the Printer hereof. We have met with a most severe stroke from the savages. A great number of our friends and connections are murdered, and their property carried off. We who are yet alive, are crouded into small forts, uncomfortably lodged in wet and dirt, and there is not clear ground enough about the fort sufficient to raise bread for our children for this reason many are moving to the old settlements over the mountains and several hundreds have it in contemplation, as soon as they can safely pass down the river, to move to the Spanish territory, where they will live in peace, and their interest be more attended to. When the general government has displayed abilities sufficient to settle the grand objects of finance, and establish the credit of the United States, to the admiration of nations, and to the universal approbation of the people of the United States, it is astonishing that they should have failed in that easy part of government, the protection of the frontiers. The country is rendered desolate by taking the government out of the hands of the people. The people of Kentucky protected the country, and defended themselves against the British, joined by the Canadians and Indians now we are pestered with proclamations, which damp the spirits of the people. It would be well if those gentlemen who live five hundred miles out of danger would consider that protection and allegiance are mutual.
123. WH Sat Jun. 25, 1791: Pittsburgh, May 21. A letter
retrieved in this town, on Sunday last, from Liet. Jeffers, at Fort-Franklin,
mentions, that an Indian had arrived there, who brought him intelligence,
that 300 warriors of the Chipawa and other nations had set out for
that way, and that they were determined to strike on the Alleghany
or Ohio, near Pittsburgh; that 1000 [sic] were preparing, but their
destination was unknown.
124. WH Sat Jun. 25, 1791: Just opened, and now ready for sale by Daniel Crocker, & Co. At Mr. Conants Store, opposite the Meeting-house, in Mansfield a new and general assortment of European and West-India Goods; among which are, Chintzes, Calicoes, Muslins, Shawls, Linens, Jeans, Fuftians [sic], Nankeens, Cotton and Linen Hose, Broadcloths, Elastic Cloths, Taffety, Peruans, Sarfenets, Satins, Modes, Silk, Linen and Muslin Handkerchiefs. Also, Rum, Sugar, Molasses, Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Indigo, Pepper, Alspice, Nutmegs, Cinnamon, Cloves, Allum, Copperas, Redwood, Logwood, 6 by 8, and 7 by 9 Window Glass, Woolcards, and a general assortment of Crockery, which with many other articles, will be sold on very reasonable terms, for ready pay. Cash, and most kinds of country produce, received in payment. Mansfield, June 24, 1791.
125. WH Sat Jun. 25, 1791: Claret Wine, by the jug, to be sold by Tainter & Isham. Windham, June 24, 1791.
126. WH Sat Jun. 25, 1791: Town Clerks. Be it Enacted, &c. That the Town Clerks in each of the respective Towns in this State, shall annually, in May, send to the Treasurer of the State, the names of the persons in their respective towns who are chosen Constables to gather the State Rate. And if any Town Clerk shall neglect his duty herein, he shall pay a fine of Twenty Shillings, one half thereof to the complainer, who shall prosecute to effect, the other half to the Treasury of the Town wherein such Clerk dwells. Treasury-Office, Hartford, 16, Jun3 1791. The Printers in this State are requested to publish the above extracts of the benefit of those concerned; as more than one third of the Town Clerks have neglected to make returns of the Collectors of the State Rates for the current year.
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