64. WH Sat May 7, 1791: I have seen, and I have not
seen. By the late governor Livingston.
I have seen several of our assemblies endeavoring at public economy by lowering
the salaries of the officers of government, and other littlenesses of the like
nature; and costing the public more in their own wages, by the time they spent
in making the reduction (which ought not to have been made at all) than such
reduction finally amounted to. But I have not seen one of them calling to a serious
account the sheriffs who have defrauded, by pocketing fines; or the commissioners
for forfeited estates, who have plundered us of thousands, by trading with the
money, converting it into real estate, and afterwards paying us at a great depreciation.
Why are not these people immediately compelled to pay this money according to
the value at which they received it? This would really be an object worthy of
a legislature. This would go a great way towards filling the fiscal coffer [sic,
mean cosser?], and eating the poor citizen in his taxes.
I have seen tories, members of congress; tories, fitting as judges upon our tribunals;
tories representatives in our legislature council; tories, members of our assemblies.But
I have not seen them bribed with British money; nor was such actual vision necessary
for my conviction that they were so.
I have seen our soldiers marching barefoot through snow, and ice; I have not
seen them duly recompensed for it; nor America so grateful for the inexpressible
hardships they suffered, as I thought she would have been.
I have seen congress recommending to the several states, such salutary measures
as would have been of infinite service to the union to have adopted. I have not
seen the states adopt those measures.
I have seen commerce declining, and, worse than declining, prosecuted to undoing;
idleness prevailing; self-interest predominating; luxury increasing; and patriotism
languishing. But when shall I see the true spirit of republicans emerging from
its late ignobly-contracted torpor; and blazing out with the same splendor, the
same world astonishing corrufcations [sic, corruscations?], with which it for
gloriously illustrated the first morning of its appearance?
I have seen justices of the peace, who were a me____tlesque [unreadable] upon
all magistracy. Justices illiteratejustices partial----justices groggyjustices
courting popularity, in order to be chosen assemblymenand justices encouraging
in litigiousness. But I have not seen any joint-meeting sufficiently cautious
against appointing such men, justices of the peace.
I have seen four times as many taverns in the state as are necessary. Those superabundant
taverns are continually haunted by idlers, and are confessedly so many nuisances.
All well-regulated governments would abolish them, and yet I have not seen any
of the courts that license them, willing to retrench the supernumerary ones.
I have seen the regency of Algiers, making a cruel and unprovoked war upon the
united states. I have not seen the secret hand of Great Britain in exciting those
infidels to this war, to render her own bottoms the more necessary for carrying
on our commerce, and for other purposes by the said act intended.
I have seen paper money emitted by a legislature, that solemnly promises to redeem
it, I have seen them afterwards depreciate it themselves, and therefore I believe,
that I shall never see the honest redemption of it.
I have seen assemblies enacting laws for the amendment of the practice in the
courts of justice. But I have never yet seen that practice really amended by
I have seen; since our revolution, tories promoted to offices of trust and profit;
but I have never seen the man, who dared to avow either the justice or the propriety
of such promotion.
I have seen hundreds paying their debts, with continental money, at the depreciated
rate of above sixty for one. But how many have I seen, who had too much integrity
to avail themselves of that subterfuge which the law unintentionally afforded
them and who, instead of infringing the golden rule, though protected by human
edicts to sin against it, nobly disdained to violate the solemn dictates of their
own consciences, and against light, and knowledge, and gospel, to defraud their
neighbors of his due? How many? Not enough to constitute a legal jury.
I have seen congress necessitated to borrow money from France and Holland; but
I have not seen this state take proper measures to discharge its proportion of
I have not seen any of our continential officers, who were, during the war, posted
upon our lines for the express purpose of preventing the illegal commerce with
the enemy in New-York, themselves carrying on that infamous traffic.
I will not tell all that I have seen. The veracity of an historian is often called
in question, when he speaks of disorders in government that appear incredible.
He is obliged to relate facts, which, because extraordinary, though true, are
received as exaggeration and romance. I hope, for the future, to see virtue and
patriotism resume their primaeval glory; and our independence, procured at the
expense of so much blood and treasure, for ever and ever established in righteousness.
65. WH Sat May 7, 1791: London. March 4. The number
of convicts, who are to take a trip this season to Botany Bay, amount
to twelve hundred, of whom two-fifths are females. The expense to
government attending this voyage will exceed 120,00l.
66. WH Sat May 7, 1791: The United States of America
have begun their payments to FranceTwo Millions One Hundred
and Sixty Thousands Livres have already been paid.
67. WH Sat May 7, 1791: London. An elopement has taken
place in the neighbourhood of Grosvenor square. John, as he attended
his young mistress last Monday in a morning promenade, having persuaded
her to accompany him to Scotland to be there hammered into wedlock
on the Rev. Anvil for the coupling Blacksmith of Gretna Green. The
lady went off about one oclock at noon, and her pursuers followed
about seven in the morning. She is only twelve years of age, and
the valet is about thirty! This is the consequence of trusting fashionable
children to the care of fashionable foot-men.
68. WH Sat May 7, 1791: Fredericktown, April 16. On
Monday last passed through this town on his way to the eastward,
from Kentucky, Mr. James Talbot, who informs, that on Sunday the
20th of last month, an amiable and respectable family named Harris,
consisting of nine persons, among whom was a young lady, 19 years
of age, were murdered on the west side of the Alleghany river, by
a party of Indians. Our informant further says, that the scenes of
cruelty which took place in the massacre of these unfortunate persons,
were of so horrid a nature, as to draw forth the tear of pity and
compassion from a number of persons who came from distance to examine
and view the mangled remains of a family respected and beloved by
all who had the pleasure of their acquaintance.
69. WH Sat May 7, 1791: Worcester, April 28. At the
Supreme Judicial Court holden in this town, last week, the noted
Stephen Burrows, lately employed as a Schoolmaster in Charlton, was
brought to the bar on four indictmentstwo for attempting rapes
on his pupils, and two for the most wanton and lascivious conduct.
He was convicted on three indictments, and sentenced by the Court
to sit one hour on the gallows, to stand two hours in the pillory,
to be whipped ninety stripes, to suffer three months imprisonment,
pay costs of prosecution, and to be bound for good behaviour for
three years. The objects of his brutal attempts were sisters, one
in the 13th and the other in the 13th year of her age.
70. WH Sat May 7, 1791: Died at Middletown, the Hon.
Jabez Hamlin, Esq. aged 82.
71. WH Sat May 7, 1791: Cheap Goods. The Subscriber
has just received a supply of English, East and West-India Goods,
Groceries, Hard-ware, &c. which, in addition to those on hand,
makes a handsome assortment for a Country Store, which he will sell
on the most reasonable terms for Cash, or good produce. Frederick
Stanley. Windham, April 30, 1791.
72. WH Sat May 7, 1791: Peter Webb, has just received
a supply of goods suitable for the season, and to be sold at the
lowest rate for cash or other ready pay: Among a variety of articles,
he has Calicoes, Chintzes, Shawls, Jaconet and book Muslin Handkerchiefs,
Jaconet and book striped and figured Muslins, plain Lawns and Lawn-Handkerchiefs,
green, blue, black and white Sarcenet, Royal Ribb, Jeans, Nankeens,
Taffety, Leghorn Hats, Imperial Buttons, white and black, plain,
figured and striped Gauze, Jacket Patterns, Cravats, Wire, Bibles,
Loaf Sugar, a great variety of Files and Shoe-buckles, Iron Shovels,
blisterd Steel, refined Iron, Sickles, Pipes, Wool-Cards by
the dozen or single pairand West-India Goods. Cash given for
bees-wax and old pewter. Said Webb wants to purchase by the
first of June next, 300 yards of check linen shirting, for which
pay will be made in the above articles at Cash prices. Windham, May
73. WH Sat May 7, 1791: Sometime after the conclusion
of the late war, a young American was present in a British play house,
where an interlude was performed in ridicule of his countrymen. A
number of American officers being introduced in tattered uniforms,
and barefoot, the question was put to them severallyWhat was
your trade before you entered into the army? One answered, a taylor,
another a cobler, &c. The wit of the piece was to banter them
for not keeping themselves clothed and shod; but before that could
be expressed, the American exclaimed from the gallery
Great Britain bean by taylors and coblers! Huzza! Even the prime
minister, who was present, could not help smiling, amidst a general peal of
74. WH Sat May 14, 1791: The following account of Capt.
Jonathan Carver, (whose Travels we have promised should commence
in this paper) we hope will not be unentertaining to our readers.
We insert it by way of introduction to the work.
There is a disposition peculiar to every mind, that early predominates,
and continues its influence through every period of life. Many circumstances
may, indeed, obscure or divert its progress, but on all interesting occasions
this constitutional bias will recur, and exhibit the natural character
and genius of the individual.
Jonathan Carver, the memorable traveler, was grandson of David Carver,
who, about the year 1720, came with his family from New-Plymouth, in
New-England, into Canterbury, in Connecticut. David was directly descended
from, or nearly related to the Hon. John Carver, who, in the year 1620,
was appointed governor of the colony of New-Plymouth, and was the only
person of that name who sustained the office of governor in New-England.
David Carver had two wives: Jonathan and Samuel, and one daughter, were
children of his first wife Jonathan was the natural father of the
traveller, but soon after the birth of his son (which was in the year
1729 he left Canterbury, and went to Taunton, in Massachusetts, where
he married, and had several children, some of whom, with their descendants,
still reside in that part of the country.
Samuel, removed to Bolton, in Connecticut, where some of his descendants
The second wife of David Carver, was a sister of the late Colonels Thomas
and John Dyer, of Windham County; by her he had several children; some
are still living.
The mother of Jonathan (whose name was Sarah Givins) was, by some misfortune
or other, reduced to very needy circumstances, whilst Jonathan was quite
young, insomuch that the selectmen of Canterbury, thought proper to take
Jonathan into their care, and when at a proper age, indented him as an
apprentice to a shoemaker, whose name was Bradford.
Jonathan early discovered a sprightly, active genius, too much so, to
be confined to the narrow limits of the shoemakers shop; and the
spirit of bold enterprize and adventure which seemd to be his ruling
passion, made him continually uneasy with his situation; in short, displeased
with his occupation, and not treated with the greatest lenity by his
master, he quitted the business before he had arrived to the age of 21
years; soon after which he married a person by the name of Robins, of
Windham; but this new apprenticeship soon became as troublesome to Carver,
as the first; for, instead of that prudent behavior and winning disposition,
necessary for preserving the affections of a man of Carvers spirit,
quite the reverse was practiced by the person to whom he had bound himself
in wedlock; however, he soon quitted her, without much ceremony, and
at the commencement of hostilities between France and England, in the
year 1755, enlisted a private soldier, and marched with the troops sent
to defend the northern frontiers of New-York. Here he distinguished himself
as a brave, active soldier, and soon after the close of the campaign,
had an appointment of ensigncy in a regiment to be raised the following
In the year 1757, he was in the army under General Webb, and fortunately
escaped the dreadful massacre at Fort William Henry, where nearly 1500
brave troops were destroyed, in cold blood, by the indians in the French
army, under Gen. Montcalm.
In the ensuing year, 1758, a battalion of light-infantry, commanded by
Col. Oliver Partridge, was raised in the province of Massachusetts Bay,
by order of governor Pownal, for the purpose of invading Canada, in which
Carver served as a second lieutenant in Capt. Hawks company.
In 1759, he was with the troops under the command of Gen. Wolfe, and
was at the siege and surrender of Quebec; where he distinguished himself
with great reputation.
In the year 1760, he was advanced to a captain of a company in Col. Whitcombs
regiment of foot raised in Massachusetts Bay, and 1762, commanded a company
in Col. Saltonstalls regiment.
We have not been able to collect any anecdotes of Carver, during his
military services; but from written recommendations of persons under
whom he acted, he appears to have acquitted himself with great reputation,
and much to the satisfaction of his superior officers. These recommendations
are not confined to military conduct merely; they uniformly introduce
him as a person of piety, and of a good moral character. Throughout the
narrative of his travels, indeed, an animated regard to the duties of
religion is evidently prevalent, which must procure a credibility to
the facts he mentions, that might otherwise be suspended.
With so many favourable requisites for success and advancement, endued
with courage, sagacity, and a spirit of enterprize, rarely united in
one individual, it might be an object of enquiry, why Captain Carver,
whose conduct was so excellent, in a moral as well as in a military view,
should never have been promoted above the command of a company. But the
naturally brave is naturally modest; whit is innate, does not present
itself to the imagination as its own; it neither begets vanity, nor excites
ambition; and thus great endowments, which might have been cherished,
and returned to the most important advantages, are frequently neglected,
and lost to society. Whatever natural or acquired excellencies were possessed
by Captain Carver, not only seemed unnoticed by himself, but were accompanied
by a diffidence, which in some instances was extraordinary indeed; and
the reader must be convinced of this, when he is informed, that Captain
Carver died through want, with three commissions in his pocket.
The year after his commission under Col. Saltonstall was signed, the
peace of Versailles took place, namely, anno 1763, when Carver, having
discharged his military obligations to his country, retired from the
army. But his natural turn for enterprize, and the pursuit of novelty,
did not suffer him to enjoy a life of useless ease; he began to consider,
to use his own sentiments (having rendered his country some services
during the war) how me might continue still serviceable, and contribute,
as much as lay in his power, to make that vast acquisition of territory,
gained by Great-Britain in North-America, advantageous to it.
In his descriptions of those vast regions of America through which he
travelled, he seems to have embraced every opportunity of pointing out
the advantages which might be derived in a commercial view, from a just
knowledge of them, and of the policy of the various tribes who possess
them. In his picturesque view of the scenery round Lake Pepin, his imagination,
animated as it was by the magnitude, the novelty, and grandeur of the
objects, is not so far transported, as to interrupt the most scrupulous
attention to the situation, as improveable for commercial and national
In the midst of a new and rich creation, he suggested the probability
of rendering this lake, and its variegated environs, the center of immense
traffick, with a people whose names and tribes were scarcely known to
the commercial parts of either side of the British empire, but whose
dispositions and pursuits seemed calculated to promote and secure this
interesting and national benefit.
The lake, which is about twenty miles in length, and fix in breadth,
and through which the Mississippi directs its course, is about two thousand
miles from the entrance into the gulf of Mexico, and as many westerly
from Quebec, Boston and New-York, it is situated between 42 and 43 degrees
of north latitude.
From Captain Carvers long residence in the neighborhood of Lake
Pepin, among the Naudowissie and Chipeway Indians, he acquired a knowledge
of their languages, and an intimacy with many of their chiefs, which
with his spirited and judicious conduct in acting as a mediator between
these two nations, conciliated their attachment and friendship; and as
an acknowledgment of their grateful sense of his happy interference,
the Naudowissies gave him a formal grant of a tract of land, lying on
the north side of Lake Pepin.
Soon after the above period, Carver concluded to return to Boston, where
he arrived in 1768, having been absent two years and five months, during
which time he had travelled about seven thousand miles. After digesting
his journal and charts, he sailed for England, and arrived there in the
year 1769. When he visited England, he appeared with the most favourable
credentials of his character, in every respect: but that which seemed
to promise the most beneficial advantages, was conferred upon him by
General Gage, and, in consequence of a petition presented to the king,
and referred to the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, our
traveller had formed the fond hope of seeing his labours so far rewarded,
as to be reimbursed those sums he had expended in the service of government.
In a large, free, and widely extended government, where every motion
depends upon a variety of springs, the lesser and subordinate movements
must be acted upon by the greater, and consequently the more inferior
operations of state will be so distant as not to be perceived in the
grand machine; whether Captain Carvers disappointments resulted
from these principles, or that government did not estimate his services
in equal proportion to his own idea of them, is not so easily ascertained,
but that he thought himself not only neglected, but treated with injustice.
The condition of a suppliant is what his mind must have submitted to
with reluctance. Men of superior endowments are liable to be jealous
of the least inattention, which they are apt to consider as an insult
on their distress. A feeling mind, like his, conscious of its dignity
and superior merit, might not be able to stoop to that importunity and
adulation, which are sometimes requisite to insure the finiles [sic]
and favours of those in power; otherwise it might naturally be suggested,
that his extensive acquaintance with America, and with the customs and
languages of the Indians, in the interior parts of that vast continent,
then the theatre of an unnatural and bloody contest, would have pointed
him out as a most useful instrument in the hands of government.
With the advantages, however, of an intimate knowledge of Indian affairs,
he united a determined loyalty to the king, and a fixed attachment to
his American countrymen; and thus the principle of acting agreeable to
the feelings of conscience, would equally operate upon him respecting
the contending parties. He had repeatedly risked his life in the service
of his prince, against whose government he was equally averse from drawing
his sword, as against his transatlantic brethren.
Persons of ingenuity, however oppressed by their sufferings, in a busy
commercial country, may strike out some means of subsistence, but, in
a domestic state where many depend upon the industry of an individual,
the difficulty of procuring support is not only rendered more affecting
to the feeling mind, but likewise greatly augmented. Captain Carver,
after having exhausted his fortune, had now a family to support, without
knowing how to turn his abilities to any means of succouring them. Distress
of mind begets debility of body, which is still aggravated by penury,
and a want of the common necessaries of life. His constitution, naturally
firm, gradually grew weaker and weaker, but his regard to his family
animated his spirit to exertions beyond the strength of his body, which
enabled him to preserve existence through the winter of 1779, by acting
as a clerk in a lottery-office; but the vital powers, succoured as they
were by this casual support, diminished by certain, though imperceptible
degrees, till at length a putrid fever supervening a long continued dysentery
brought on by want, put an end to his life; which happened on the 31st
of Jan. 1780, at the age of 51 years.
In size, Captain Carver was rather above the middle stature, and of a
firm muscular texture; his features expressed a firmness of mind and
boldness of resolution; and he retained a florid complexion to his latest
75. WH Sat May 14, 1791: Charleston, April 13. Extract of a letter from
St. Thomass parish, dated April 10. Two Negroes, one the
property of Mr. Miles, the other of Mr. S. Wigfall, of Santee, were apprehended
and tried for an attempt on the life of a Mr. Welch of this neighborhood.
He swore to the identity of the negroes; and further evidenced that having
missed his horse, took his tract and followed with his rifle and two
dogs: coming near to Half way creek he discovered him hoppled, and was
loosing the hopple when the growling of his dogs caused him to look up;
he then saw the two negroes within fifteen yards, advancing boldly towards
him; he caught up his rifle, presented her at the foremost, and probably
would have killed him, but she snapped. The fellow who acted most resolutely
seized him, when his dogs attacked the other and kept him some time at
bay; being pretty strong, in all probability he would have overcome the
one, but the other having disengaged himself from the dogs, came up and
with a large stick gave him three blows, one on the hip, another on the
arm, and the third on the temple, which stunned him; in the interim they
took his rifle, powder horn and shot bag. Having recovered in some measure,
he discovered his horse providentially standing near; on him he sprung,
and rode off as fast as he could; when he had got some distance he looked
back and saw the negro in the act of priming. They did not deny the attack,
but the most active pretended he only intended to disarm Welch, that
he might get out if his way; the other, though an accessory, did not
appear capable of the act, but was a mere instrument. The negro of Mr.
Niles was sentenced to be hanged; the other to be cropped, branded and
whipped. When sentence was pronounced the former was prodigiously shocked,
and has discovered the perpetrators of the murder of Mr. Murrell of Santee;
in consequence of which his execution is postponed. The greatest secrecy
being observed, the culprits are happily apprehended, with the evidence
before whom they boasted of the atrocious crime. All are in safe custody
near here. Great expedition has been used, for the negroes under sentence
were tried on Friday last, and those now for trial are already brought
from Santee river. If the murder of Murrell is proved, the negro under
sentence of death is promised a petition from the court to the governor
for pardon, on condition of his being shipped off.
76. WH Sat May 14, 1791: Albany. On Monday, Zephaniah
Heaton was arraigned for the murder of his brother-in-law, but there
appearing to the jury some mitigating circumstances, their verdict
was man-slaughter. Penalty branding in the hand.
77. WH Sat May 14, 1791: Montville, May 11, 1791. About
four weeks past, a dog was discovered in this town which, from his
conduct in biting and snapping at every thing that come in his way,
it was conjectured that he was mad. He bit a dog belonging to Mr.
A. Whaley, and another belonging to Capt. S. Fox, both of which run
mad and were killeda cow belonging to Doct. Holmes, lately
died having all the symptoms of madness, and a valuable cow belonging
to Mr. J. Allen, having the same symptoms, died this day. These circumstances
ought to alarm the inhabitants to be on their guard against those
venomous animals, for the bite of which no certain cure has been
78. WH Sat May 14, 1791: At Northford, in the county
of New Haven, twelve hundred runs of silk were raised the last year,
which at three runs to one yard will make four hundred yards of silk.
It is not more than seven or eight years since the first Mulberry
Trees for this purpose were set out in that place.
79. WH Sat May 14, 1791: Ebenezer Backus, has just
received a supply of English, East and West-India Goods, Groceries,
Hard Ware, &c. which, in addition to those on hand, make a handsome
assortment, and will be sold for Cash, or good pay, as cheap as at
any shop in town. Also, good Indigo, by the quarter hundred or less
quantity. Wanted, by the 2st July, 40 firkins of good Butter, that
can be warranted to the best families in New York. Also, Bees Wax,
Old Pewter, Geese Feathers, whitend and brown Tow-Cloth. Windham,
11th May, 1791.
80. WH Sat May 14, 1791: For Sale. By the Subscriber,
the following stock, viz. One Yoke large Oxen, five years old. One
pair three-year old Steers. Three Cows, and a large two-year old
Mule. For particulars, enquire of the subscriber, or of Vaniah Hyde,
in Franklin, who lives on the farm where the Cattle and Mule may
be seen. John Barker. Windham, May 11, 1791.
81. WH Sat May 14, 1791: Will Cover at the stable of
the subscriber, in Franklin, the noted Horse called the Panther;
he is of a dapple-grey colour, fifteen and a half hands high and
proportioned accordingly. He is the fame Horse that has formerly
been owned by a Mr. Utley, of Mansfield; is remarkably sure for foals,
a good sire, and equal on every account to any horse in this state.
The old Ranger was his grandsire, of the true Arabian breed, and
came out of a noted Narraganset mare bred in Pomfret. The price will
be Six Shillings the single leap, Twelve shillings the season, and
Eighteen Shillings to ensure a foal. Lewis Hewitt. Franklin, May
10, 1791. N.B. The above-mentioned Horse will be at the stable of
Capt. William Young, inholder, in Windham on Monday the 23d of May,
instant, and once every fortnight during the season. Good pasturing
for mares, on reasonable terms, may be had at said Hewitts
82. WH Sat May 14, 1791: The noted imported horse Recovery,
belonging to Thomas Pool, of New London, will be at Mr. John Stanifords
in Windham, on Wednesday, the 25th May inst at about 10 oclock,
and continue there for two hours. Said horse will be at the above
place at the above hour, every day he leaves Canterbury, through
the season. May 11, 1791.
83. WH Sat May 14, 1791: Just published at Norwich,
and to be sold by the printer hereof, (Price One Shilling) Hymns
on different spiritual subjects. Particularly adapted to the Baptist
Worship. By Elder Benjamin Cleavland.
84. WH Sat May 21, 1791: Pittsburg, April 23. By Mr.
Stewart Wilkins, who arrived here the 20th instant, up the Ohio,
from the Kenhawa, we have the intelligence, that just before his
leaving that place, a man had come in almost dead with fatigue and
hunger, who was one of 40 militia that were coming up the river in
a boat loaded with provisions for the French settlement at Galliapolis;
and that 20 of these whose turn it was to walk on shore and hunt,
were fired upon by a party of about 30 Indians concealed in a thick
bushy place, and most probably all cut off but himself. The boat,
probably, with the rest on board, had returned down the river. This
happened on the 27th of March, nearly opposite the mouth of the Sciota
on the Virginia side of the river.
85. WH Sat May 21, 1791: May 16. Accounts from Fort-Pitt,
state, that the depredations committed by the Savages, within these
four months past, exceeds all former mischief that twenty-three
white people have been killed this side of the Ohio, since November
last, without counting those who fell a sacrifice in going down the
river: In consequence of which, the inhabitants of Pittsburg have
been so much alarmed, as to keep a body of militia constantly patrolling,
apprehending a formal attack by the enraged Savages upon their town.
Accounts from that quarter further state, that the purchasing Commissary
for the army, is now laying in large magazines of provision and forage,
in the neighborhood of Fort Pitt, and that every thing is getting
ready for the campaign intended against the Indians the ensuing Summer.
86. WH Sat May 21, 1791: Hartford, May 16. Last Thursday
the anniversary Election of Supreme Magistrates, and other Officers,
for the government of this State was held in this city, when the
following gentlemen were elected: His Excellency Samuel Huntington,
Esquire, Governor. The Honorable Oliver Wolcott, Esquire, Lieutenant-Governor.
Roll Representatives for Windham:
Windham, Mr. Ebenezer Devotion, Mr. Jabez Clark.
Ashford, Mr. Simeon Smith, Mr. Samuel Spring.
Brooklyn, Mr. Ebenezer Scarborough.
Canterbury, Mr. Benjamin Bacon, Mr. Asa Witter.
Hampton, Mr. Jonathan Kingsbury.
Killingly, Mr. Sampson Howe, Mr. Zadock Spalding.
Lebanon, Mr. Elkanah Tisdale, Mr. Asahel Clark.
Mansfield, Mr. Constant Southworth, Mr. Nathaniel Atwood.
Plainfield, Mr. Josiah Shepard, Mr. John Douglass.
Pomfret, Mr. Thomas Grosvenor, Mr. Samuel Crafts.
Thomson, Mr. William Dwight.
Voluntown, Mr. Robert Dixon, Mr. Joseph Wiley.
Woodstock, Mr. Nehemiah Childs, Mr. Jeffe Bolles.
87. WH Sat May 21, 1791: New London, May 19. On Friday
last, Jacob Johnson, a transient person, and William Jacklin, a transient
negro, were taken into custody at Colchester, and committed to said
gaol for passing counterfeit dollars; and a third person is under
bonds for being confederate with the above. The negro has been a
pretended money digger,
&c. for a year or two past, and by his subtilty, impudence and art, has
gulled a number of credulous people in Lyme, Colchester, &c. out of considerable
property. One person, it is said, has lost 30l [as in 30L] in time
an expenses, by his fallacy.
88. WH Sat May 21, 1791: New London. About 15 minutes
past 10 oclock, on Monday evening last, a shock of an Earthquake
was felt in this town, and about 5 minutes after, a second; but they
89. WH Sat May 21, 1791: Last week, on Thursday, the
dwelling-house of the widow ----- Dunham, of Mansfield, (North Parish)
took fire, and was unfortunately consumed, together with about 50
bushels of grain, which was in the upper part of the house. The accident,
it is supposed, was occasioned by a spark of fire from the chimney
lighting on the roof.
90. WH Sat May 21, 1791: Last Monday evening, about
half after ten oclock, two shocks of an earthquake were felt
in this town. The first was very considerable; it was preceded by
a very heavy rumbling noise, like distant thunder, and appeared to
come from the south-west; the shock greatly agitated the buildings
in this place, but we cannot learn as any damage was sustained. At
East Haddam, it is said to have been much heavier; insomuch that
the tops of several chimnies were thrown to the ground. The second
shock happened a few minutes after the first, but was not near so
91. WH Sat May 21, 1791: A return of the number of
inhabitants within the district of Connecticut, taken the first Monday
of August, 1790, by the Marshal.
Free white males, 16 years old and upwards, 60,523
Free white males under 16 years of age, 54,403
Free white females, 117,448
All other free persons, 2,808
92. WH Sat May 21, 1791: Fresh Goods. Jonathan Jennings,
has just received from New-York, and is now opening for Sale, a compleat
assortment of Spring and Summer Goods: among which are A compleat
variety of Patches and Calicoes, Linens, plain and checd Muslins
and Muslin Cravats, Plain Lawns, needle-work Lawn Aprons and Handkerchiefs,
Modes, India Persians, Taffeties and Sarcenets, striped and plain
Nankeen, newest fashiond Vest Patterns, a neat variety of Ribbons,
Silk Mitts, Shawls, Sattinetts and Lastings, Cotton Hose, Silk and
worsted do. [hose], Leghorn Hats, Looking Glasses, Brass Kettles,
a compleat assortment of Crockery and Hard Ware, Wine, Rum, loaf,
lump and brown-sugars. Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate, good Indigo for
LinenCotton Wool, Raisins &c. &c. The above Goods are
to be sold very low for the ready Cash. Wanted, brown and whitend
Tow-cloth, fine checkd Linen, Butter and Cheese, Bees-Wax,
Mustard Seed, Clover Seed, &tc. Credit given on low terms, to
substantial Customers, that will make punctual payment in the fall
in good Produce. Those whose accounts are of long standing, are desired
to make immediate settlement. Windham, May 20, 1791.
93. WH Sat May 21, 1791: A New Store just opened a
few rods south-east of the Court-House, Containing a good assortment
of English, East, and West-India Goods, Groceries, Hard Ware, &c.
which are now selling on the most reasonable terms, for Cash or good
Produce, by, Henry Webb. Windham, May 21, 1791.
94. WH Sat May 21, 1791: Wanted, as an apprentice to
the Hatters business, a smart active Lad, about 14 years of
age.Enquire of Thomas Tileston. Windham, May 18, 1791.
95. WH Sat May 28, 1791: Hartford. Last Monday night,
about half past ten oclock, an Earthquake was felt in this
town. The shock was preceded and accompanied with a rattling rumbling
noise, usual on such occasions. The shock however followed the sound
in a few seconds, and was rather of a jarring than of the waving
kind. It lasted but a few, perhaps eight or ten seconds. After an
interval of about four minutes, a second, but feeble shock was felt.
The course of the sound is differently described by different persons;
but according to the account of those who were abroad and most likely
to know the truth, the course was from a northerly or westerly to
an easterly direction. The night was perfectly serene, and the moon
shone with uncommon brightness.
96. WH Sat May 28, 1791: Married, near Poughkeepsie,
Mr. Amos Reed, to Mrs. Roby Jenks. It is remarkable, that immediately
after an elegant procession and conclusion of the marriage Mrs. Reed
was delivered of three male children.
97. WH Sat May 28, 1791: New Haven, May 18. A shock
of an earthquake was felt in this City about eleven oclock
it was so severe as to jostle the pewter and other moveable articles;
and considerably to shake the houses. A Gentleman from Guildford informs that
a shock was also felt in that town; followed by one less severe soon after.
98. WH Sat May 28, 1791: Danbury, May 16. Sunday of
last week the wife of Mr. Daniel Mallery, jun. Of a dropsical case,
had taken from her 55 quarts of water, which weighed 123 pounds.
In perfect health, Mrs. Mallery was supposed to weigh about 100 pounds.
99. WH Sat May 28, 1791: New London, May 26. The National
Assembly of France have decreed that all males and females throughout
the kingdom, shall hereafter be co-heirs of their parents property,
and that it shall be divided among them in the most equal and exact
100. WH Sat May 28, 1791: The Hon. Roger Sherman, Esq.
is elected to represent this State in the Senate of the United States,
in the room of Dr. Johnson, resigned.
101. WH Sat May 28, 1791: A law is passed, prohibiting
in this State the sale of Lottery Tickets of other States.
102. WH Sat May 28, 1791: Forty Thousand silk-worm
eggs, to be sold by the subscriber, in Mansfield. Joseph Whittemore.
May 26, 1791.
103. WH Sat May 28, 1791: Just published in Hartford,
and to be sold at the printing-office, in Windham, price 7d. An oration
on domestic slavery, delivered at the North Meeting-house in Hartford,
on the 12th day of May, A.D. 1791, at the Meeting of the Connecticut
Society for the promotion of Freedom, and the Relief of Persons unlawfully
holden in Bondage. By Zephaniah Swift, Esq.