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644. WH Sat Mar. 2, 1793: Bennington, (Vermont) Feb. 1. On the night of the 25th of Jan. ult. a melancholy instance of mortality took place in Ruport, of which we have been favoured with the following particulars. Mrs. Lucy, the wife of Mr. Wm. Barto, rose from her bed between the hours of eleven and twelve, apparently in good health, having occasion to go into another room. After opening the fire as is conjectured, to warm herself, she fainted and fell into it: her husband being awakened by her groans, jumped out of bed and ran to her assistance, when he found his companion lying in a large body of live coals, her head on the backlog and her knees on the forestick, which although rolled
considerably forward, was still much on fire. His first attempt to take her from the fire proved ineffectual, by reason of her clothes being almost burnt off, but he immediately caught her in his arms and took her out. Unfortunately there was no water in the house, which laid him under the distressing necessity of fetching snow in his hands to extinguish the fire in the remainder of her clothes. Skilful assistance was immediately obtained, but human skill was vain, she expired the Sunday morning following, a melancholy spectacle! A solemn proof of the frail tenure on which our lives are holden. Her face, the right side of her head and body, the right arm and shoulder, her throat and both
breasts was burnt to an entire crust;; scarce any part of her body escaped the fire, but the lower extremities were not so much affected as the upper part and head. What appears exceedingly remarkable, is, that although so terribly burnt she retained her senses to the last minutes of life, and with a degree of christian fortitude that bespoke a lively faith in her redeemer, resigned her spirit to the God who gave it.

645. WH Sat Mar. 2, 1793: Stockbridge, Feb. 5. “A new mode of bringing wood from high mountains.” “Samuel Russell, in the town of Canaan has a considerable quantity of wood growing upon a very high mountain, from which it is impossible to procure it, by the assistance of oxen or horses. A short time since he made a sled of two large trees, 31 feet in length, and 13 feet in width, on to which he laid wood, cut 16 feet long to upwards of 20 cords, when ready for launching, the braces were knocked away ­ the Sled in its passage down the mountain, struck a tree of sufficient size to make fix large rails at the but ­the force of the stroke was so great as to break off the tree near the bottom, and the top of it falling towards the back part of the load, was carried with the rest, to the foot of the mountain, in the presence of many spectators.”

646. WH Sat Mar. 2, 1793: On Tuesday last, Mr. ____ Philips, of Bolton, in attempting to cross Padunk River, in East Windsor, the Bridge over which having been carried away by the ice, and the water being so high, and he unacquainted with the place and circumstances, rode off the butment, and was instantly drowned—his body was found on Saturday last.

647. WH Sat Mar. 2, 1793: Married. Samuel Perkins, Esq. to Miss Nancy Huntington.

648. WH Sat Mar. 2, 1793: Died.
At Weathersfield, Deac. Samuel May, aged 69.
At Southington, Mr. Levi Hart, aged 35. Mr. Daniel Allen.
At Middletown, Mr.Samuel Lucas, aged 84.
At New-Haven, Dr. Thomas P. Beardsley, aged 22
At Boston, John Manley, Esq. Captain and Commander in the navy of the United States.

649. WH Sat Mar. 2, 1793: Wanted, A Journeyman at the Blacksmith’s Business. Also, a stout hearty Lad, from 14 to 16 years old, as an apprentice. Nathan Taylor. Windham, March 1, 1793.

650. WH Sat Mar. 9, 1793: In this town, on the 3d inst. after a long and painful illness, endured with singular patience, departed this life, Jedediah Elderkin, Esq. in the 75th year of his age, who, for many years was an eminent, faithful, and honorable practitioner of law in this state, and by much improvement in several important stations in life, was for many years a very useful member of society. In his death, the surviving partner laments the loss of a tender husband ­ a numerous offspring that of a kind and affectionate parent --- and the needy sufferer, the loss of a benevolent and charitable friend.

651. WH Sat Mar. 9, 1793: Notice is hereby given, that so much of the real estate of James Rix Whitney and Mary his wife, non resident proprietors, as will pay their state and town taxes (with incident charges of sale) in the hands of the subscribers to collect, and will be sold at publick vendue on the premises, on the fourth Monday of April next. Seth Paine, Peter Pike, Collectors. Brooklyn, March 6, 1793.

652. WH Sat Mar. 16, 1793: Extract of a letter from an Officer in the Army of the United States, dated Fort Matthews, Big Shoals, Oceonee, Jan. 15. “Since I wrote you last, the Indians have killed a woman, who was pregnant, at Wilkin’s station about 12 miles from Hillhouse’s iron works, on a branch of Broad River, and took off a number of horses. Capt.Williamson of the militia, who had been ordered to Hillhouse’s with a part of his own troops and part of Phinney’s who was also ordered there, (for the purpose of covering the country from Hillhouse’s to the Charahee Mountain) immediately pursued the Savages who had committed the theft and murder, retook the horses, and from the ardour of
pursuit, went into one of the towns called Big Waters. He treated the Indians there with every mark of respect and kindness, and finding the perpetrators of the murder belonging to another town, he pursued till he arrived on the outskirts of it, when accidentally one of the dragoon’s rifles went off, which alarmed the Savages, and gave them the opportunity of evacuating the town called the Tennessee. Capt. Williamson treated the Squaws and old men with humanity and kindness. An Indian fired his rifle, and shot a dragoon thro’ his coat directly under his arm, but luckily he was unhurt; the Indian was fired at instantly, and fell ­ I believe he was killed. Capt. Williamson then returned to his post at Hillhouse’s. Although he disobeyed his orders in going so far, yet the ardor of pursuit, and being an active good officer, will plead in his
behalf. If you were an eye witness to the distresses of this country, it would cause your heart to bleed for fellow citizens. Men, women pregnant, others with little children, massacred and stripped, some scalped, others shot, with children tomahawked, are the spectacles offered to our view ­ such a scene would touch the heart of any men but barbarians. How it happens I cannot account for; the United States have tied up our hands, and will not suffer us to cross the line in pursuit of the Savages, while they kill and destroy at pleasure.”

653. WH Sat Mar. 16, 1793: On the night following the first day of March, inst. one Philip Thayer, of Woodstock, a prisoner for debt, broke Windham county goal, and made his escape. Said Thayer is about five feet six or eight inches high, thick set, light brown hair, about thirty years of age; had on homemade grey coloured clothes. Whoever will take up and return said Thayer to me the subscriber, in Windham, shall have Seven Dollars reward, and all necessary charges paid by Phinehas Abbe, Goaler. Windham, March 2, 1793.

654. WH Sat Mar. 16, 1793: Came into the subscriber’s enclosure in the month of October last, a black yearling Heifer, with a white tail, a little white on her rump and belly, a crop off the right ear, and a half crop off the left. The owner may have her again, by proving property and paying charges. Ebenezer Stoddard. Pomfret, March 11, 1793.

655. WH Sat Mar. 16, 1793: To the Publick. This day, the partnership between G. Grosvenor and Elisha Woolcut, Saddlers in Pomfret, is dissolved by mutual consent: All persons who have accounts open with them are desired to call for settlement. March 10, 1793.

656. WH Sat Mar. 16, 1793: The Society Committee for Windham first society, will meet at Maj. John Ripley’s on Friday the 22d of March inst. at two o’clock in the afternoon. Those collectors of society rates, who expect to have any abatements made on their bills, and others, are notified to attend.

657. WH Sat Mar. 16, 1793: The School Committee of the first Society of the town of Windham, are requested to meet at Maj. John Ripley’s, on Monday the 18th inst. at two o’clock P.M.

658. WH Sat Mar. 23, 1793: Windham, March 23. On Saturday last the hon. Superior Court ended their session in this town. At this Court, John Stone, and Arthur Thrasher, were convicted of burglary, and both sentenced for Newgate: Stone for 18 months, and Thrasher for three years.

659. WH Sat Mar. 23, 1793: Died, at Middletown, Mr. Jacob Sebo_ [Sebor? Sebox?], aged 84. Mr. Samuel Johnson, aged 39.

660. WH Sat Mar. 23, 1793: The Physicians and Surgeons in the county of Windham, that do now belong to the Connecticut Medical Society, or those that wish to be admitted, are desired to meet at the house of Capt. David Dorrance, innholder, in Windham, 2d society, on the third Tuesday of April next, at ten o’clock A.M. then and there to take into consideration those matters that may be laid before them, &c. &c. John Clark, F.C.M.S. Lebanon, March 16, 1793.

661. WH Sat Mar. 23, 1793: The hon. court of probate, for the district of Plainfield, having allowed nine months from the date hereof, to the creditors of the estate of Mr. John Parke, late of Canterbury, deceased, to bring in their claims properly attested. Those who neglect to make their demands within said time, will be legally barred a recovery. Eunice Parke, Adm’x. Canterbury, March 11, 1793.

662. WH Sat Mar. 30, 1793: Lisbon, Feb. 8. “This post brings this day a certainty of the execution of the King of France, on the 21st of Jan. last between 10 and 11 o’clock of the day. It is said he supported himself with great courage on the occasion; mounted the scaffold with great deliberation; and attempted to make a speech which tended to his innocence; however, the troops were ordered immediately to beat their drums and sound their trumpets in order to prevent his being heard; which he perceiving, made a reverence to all around him, and laid his head on the block, which was immediately severed from his body. A hole was dug in the Temple Court, near the scaffold, where the head and trunk were thrown, then filled up with earth, and paved. As soon as the execution was effected, three huzzas were given by the spectators, hats thrown into the air, and it is said, the executioners and many near the scaffold dipped their buttons in the King’s blood, as makers of victory and triumph. The Queen and the King’s sister were put into the common goal, and committed to civil justice for examination and sentence. A report prevails that they were to be put to death two days after.”

663. WH Sat Mar. 30, 1793: Windham, March 30. The death of the king of France (which from the various accounts inserted in this day’s paper, is put beyond a doubt) will afford a melancholy subject in every circle, it will call to mind the generous assistance of that Monarch to America, in the most perilous times; and we sincerely believe there is not a friend to the liberties of this country, or to the cause of humanity, but will truly lament his unhappy fate. A gentleman from Providence informs us, that when a confirmation of his execution was received there, the bells of the place were toll’d for four hours, to testify the regret of the inhabitants on the occasion.

664. WH Sat Mar. 30, 1793: Oliver Dodge, Respectfully informs his friends and the public, that he has opened a Boarding School for the instruction of youth in the languages, and all branches of science usually taught in academics. He promises the most punctual attention to their instruction, and his terms are as reasonable as can be desired. Pomfret. March 27, 1793.

665. WH Sat Mar. 30, 1793: The hon. court of probate for the district of Windham, having allowed nine months from the date hereof, to the creditors of the estate of Col. Jedediah Elderkin, late of Windham, deceased, to bring in their claims properly attested; those who neglect to make their demands within said time will be legally barred a recovery. Those who are indebted to said estate, are requested to make payment without delay. Alfred Elderkin, Ex’r. Windham, March 29, 1793. All those that have any books or other property belonging to said estate, are desired to return them to the above subscriber, without delay.

666. WH Sat Mar. 30, 1793: The inhabitants of the town of Windham, legal voters in Freemen’s Meeting, are hereby warned to meet at the court-house in said Windham, on Monday the 8th day of April next at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, then and there to choose two Representatives to represent this town in the General Assembly to be held at Hartford, in May next, and also to give in their votes for Governour, Lieut. Governor and twelve Assistants, a Secretary and Treasurer for the year ensuing. And also for one Representative of this state, in the Congress of United States in the room of Jonathan Sturges, esq. who has refused to accept of his appointment. Joshua Maxwell, John Clark, Alfred Elderkin, James Robinson, Ebenezer Waldo, Constables. Windham, March 18, 1793.

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