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621. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: New-York, August 26. Extract of a letter from Fort Washington, July 26. “Since closing my letter, an express has arrived from Grenville, with the agreeable intelligence that the treaty is finished, and peace concluded on. Nothing now remains but the boundary lines to be run. We have not yet received the particulars, but I hope to be able to tell you more by the next conveyance. The following tribes were represented at the treaty. Wyandots, from Sandusky. Delawares, Nanticokes, Mohicakans, and Muneys;branches of the Delaware nation. Chippewas. Attawas, Miamis, Kickapoos, and Patawatomies; branches of the Piankashaws, except the Clap. and Pat.
Ouittanaus. Present about 300 men, and as many women and children. Blue jacket came in with eight Shawanese; the rest were with the British.”

622. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: Hartford, August 31. On Wednesday last Chester Cleaveland, a lad about 15 years of age belonging to Barkhamsted, being at East-Windsor on a visit to his friends, in company with a number of his companions went down to the river to amuse themselves in a boat; he having an oar in his hand was exerting himself in rowing the boat, and after the boat was pushed some distance from the shore the oar flipped over the showl and he plunged into the river where the water was deep. He immediately sunk, and altho he was seen to rise repeatedly by a gentleman who was near at hand, and who made every exertion to save him, yet his attempts unfortunately were fruitless. When our informant came away the lad had not been found alto the neighbors had made several attempts to find him. Last Thursday afternoon the dwelling-house of Mr. Daniel Leonard, of Feedinghills was struck with lightning. A daughter of Capt. Comfort Smith, of Suffield, 17 years of age, who was on a visit at Mr. Leonard’s was almost instantaneously killed by the shock.

623. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: Norwich, Sept. 2. On the 20th of August last, fourteen sheep the property of Mr. Walter Lathrop of Franklin, were killed by lightning, seven of which were thrown one upon another, with their legs upwards; and in that remarkable situation were discovered. They were sheltering themselves from the storm under a tree, when the electric fire descended; the tree was considerably shattered by the stroke. Mr. Lathrop and one of his neighbours were but a few rods distance, and sensibly felt the shock but providentially were not injured.

624. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: Windham. Died.
At Hampton, after a short illness, Mrs. Hannah Stedman, aged 65, relect of the late Capt. James Stedman.
In this town, Miss Mehittable Spafford, aged 66.
At New-Haven Mrs. Katharine Dana, consort of the Rev. James Dana, D.D.
Mrs. Abigail Parker, relict of Capt. Abner Parker, late of Saybrook, in the 95th year of her age.
At Philadelphia, William Bradford, Esq. Attorney General of the United States.

625. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: Notice is hereby given, that on Monday the 14th of Sept. next, a school will be opened at the dwelling house of Mr. Cornelius Adams, near the red meeting-house in the north society in Canterbury; in which will be taught reading and writing at 9s. English grammar, geography, and the various branches of the mathematics at 12s. and the dead languages at 20s, per quarter, by their humble servant. John Adams. Canterbury, August 29th, 1795.

626. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: State of Connecticut, August 29, 1795. Brigade Orders, for the 5th Brigade. By the General. For the 5th Regt. Of Cavalry, Nathaniel Huntington is appointed Adjutant in the room of John Newcomb. Simeon Loomis Quarter-Master. Isaac Morgan, jun. Pay-Master. By the order of the General, John M’Clellan, Brig. Maj.

627. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: The creditors of widow Jerusha Allen, late of Windham deceased, are hereby notified, that the hon. court of probate for the district of Windham, hath allowed six months from the 29th day of August 1795, for said creditors to exhibit their claims to the estate of said deceased to the subscriber or be debarred a recovery. Bela Allen, Adm’r.

628. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: From the (Newport) Mercury. Mess. Printers, As the scarlatina, or throat-distemper, has been, and continues to prove fatal to the lives of many children and young persons, in many towns, the cause of humanity may be promoted by inserting the following recipe, which I have received from very respectable authority, and has proved the means of restoring numerous patients to health, in Providence, and other places in Rhode-Island. An eminent Physician of this town has approved the recipe; and informs me, that a similar application towards all his patients, has met with universal success. J.H.
Recipe: Take two large tablespoonfulls of good Vinegar, and saturate it with one spoonfull of common table salt. Add to it, three times the quantity of water. Let the patient take a table-spoonfull every hour. The mixture thus prepared, or good clear strong cider, may be used freely to gargle the throat. Fumes of myrrh in vinegar, in the proportion of one quarter of an ounce to half a pint, should be received into the throat through a tunnel [funnel?]. Let also one ounce of bark be infused into a quart of water. After shaking it well, let it stand 24 hours. Physicians will determine, whether a gentle emetic should not be administered in the first instance.

629. WH Sat Sep 5, 1795: From a London Paper. Original Letter from the chief magistrate of a certain Corporation: “Dear Sur, On Mundy next I am to be made a mare, and shall be much obliged to you, if so be as you will send me down as by the koatch some provisions setting [fitting?] for the occasion, as I am to ax my brother the old mare, and the rest of the bentch. I am, Sur, &c”. Answer by a Wag, into whose hands if fell, “Sir, In obedience to your order, have sent you per coach, two bushels of the best oats, and as you are to treat the old mare, have added some bran to make a mash.”

630. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: Philadelphia, August 30. Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Norfolk to his friend in this city dated 21st August. “A fever rages here so violently, that there has not been fewer than from five to eight buried daily, for ten days past; some of our most respectable merchants are dead, and [numbers?] is now lying in dangerous situations; there is a general gloom over the countenance of every person you meet; some say it’s the yellow fever; two or three days illness carries them off.”

631. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: New-York, Sept. 2. Yesterday morning two men belonging to the Sugar-House in Pine-street, lost their lives in a well near that building. The first descended to take up a piece of meat, which had fallen into the well; and the second hazarded his life to assist the first, and both perished by means of what is called damps, or mephitic air. People were immediately collected, but on experiment, it was found fatal to life, for any person to descend the well: A candle was repeatedly extinguished within 8 or 10 feet from the surface of the earth. Two or three persons humanely offered to go down to the relief of all the unhappy sufferers, with a rope tied to their bodies, but on entering a few feet it was found necessary to draw them out to save their lives. At length by pumping water and throwing it into the well, and by burning matches of sulphur, the well was so far filled with respirable air, that a person went down with safety, and the bodies of the men were taken out. The fatal effects of dead air in wells and other confined places are well known to every person, and it is much lamented that people were not more cautious in entering such places. If the precaution was used of letting down a lighted candle, before any person would hazard his
life, no accident would happen; for if a candle will burn in such places, a person can breathe in them and descend in safety.

632. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: New-York, Sept. 2. To give the country a just idea of the state of this city with respect to health, we have taken great pains to ascertain facts. Our sources of intelligence, in addition to personal observation, are, the Health Committee, Physicians, Clergymen and Sextons, and many other citizens in various parts of the city. From our enquiries, we find that the Malignant fever has carried off between 70 and 80 persons in the whole, within the last five weeks. The late health officers, Dr. Treat, and an officer of the customs probably contracted the disease on board a vessel from the West Indies, as Dr. Treat, just before his sickness informed the editor, that a vessel was in the harbour with the disorder on board, that since persons were ill with it, and one had died that day; he added that it was a
cause of serious alarm to the citizens. The same vessel we understand, soon after hauled up and discharged her cargo at a wharf above Peck’s Slip. A few days after, one or two persons belonging to the ship Connecticut, which lay on the opposite side of the same wharf, died of the disorder; and about the same time, other persons in the neighbourhood were seized. (The public may rely on these facts, except that we are not absolutely certain the vessel mentioned by Dr. Treat was the same with that which discharged her cargo at the wharf, but we were informed and believed it was the same vessel.) Whether the disorder in the neighbourhood of the wharf, and which has extended to some adjacent streets, originated from that vessel or any other local causes, seems to be disputed. It seems however to be agreed that the disorder has hitherto been nearly, if not, wholly local. The few instances of it in different parts of the city being traced to one neighborhood. At present, five weeks since it first appeared, the fever has extended only a small distance, and prevails only in low streets, where the air has the least circulation. Within three days it has rather abated in malignity, and the number diseased has diminished. The greater part of the city is entirely free from the fever, and more healthy than usual at this season. Clergymen, Physicians and Sextons agree in this fact, that the number of deaths in this city taken together, has been less than has been common in this season. Some persons assert tat this fever is not the yellow fever which has prevailed in Philadelphia and New-Haven. It is idle to dispute about distinctions; perhaps a disease may assume different appearances in a degree, and yet be the same in kind. The same disease may vary materially in its malignity, in different places and
seasons. Certain it is that the present malady has exhibited very little evidence of specific contagion. Almost every attendant on the sick has escaped the disease. On the whole, the progress of the disease has not hitherto been very alarming, except in a small portion of the city; and the fears of our citizens are subsiding. Business of every kind is carried on as usual. Communication with the city is open, except in one instance, and there is not the least occasion for country people to apprehend danger at present, to the southward of Peck’s slip. There is reasonable ground to hope, that the disease will be arrested in its progress, by the precaution of the _____ and the very favorable season we enjoy. One remark further to country people. It is ascertained by a great number of facts that the yellow fever prevails only in a particular infected atmosphere. When carried into the country, where the air is pure, it is seldom or never communicated. This fact should quiet the mind of the people in the country, who are generally alarmed to an unreasonable degree, at hearing of this fever in our cities. In no case, have country people occasion to apprehend great danger from this disease. It gives us pleasure to add, that this disease, when taken at an early stage, generally yields to medicine. We understand the usual prescriptions are, strong doses of Calomel and Jalap, effectually to cleanse the stomach and bowels; then warm teas to produce a gentle perspiration; and afterwards generous wine, porter and other stimulant. In cases where signs of putrefaction appear, yeast is used with great success. Bleeding is found prejudicial, except in particular patients of plethoric habits.

633. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: Windham.
The town of New-Haven have resolved, (on account of the sickness in New-York) that all persons who shall either by land or water come into that town, from the city of New-York, that have any contagious disease, or have been exposed thereto, shall be confined in some retired part of the town for 14 days.
Governor Misslin [Mifflin?], has by proclamation prohibited all intercourse between Philadelphia and the city of New-York, and town of Norfolk, or any place or places within five miles thereof by land or water for the space of one month, or until such prohibition shall be revoked, under penalty of 300 dollars.
The New-York committee of health state that the number of deaths in that city, by the epidemci fever, to be but nine, from 28th August to the 2d of September.

634. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: Windham. Married, Mr. Allen Williams, of Groton, to Miss Susannah Ormsby, of this town.

635. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: Windham, Died.
At Lebanon, Miss Parthena Clark, daughter of Mr. Samuel Clark, aged 31.
At East Haven, Mr. Samuel Townsend, aged 55.
At New Haven, Mrs. Amy Bradley, consort of Capt. Abraham Bradley, aged 52.
Mrs. Rebecca Baldwin, in the 23d year of her age, wife of Simeon Baldwin, Esq. and daughter of the late Roger Serman [Seaman? Sherman?], Esq.
Miss Hannah Cutler, daughter of Mr. Richard Cutler.
At Waterbury, Ezra Bronson, Esq. aged 64.

636. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: Cash, or Salt, given in exchange for Flax-Seed, by Thomas Janes, and Ephraim Squier, at their Store in Ashford. September 7, 1795.

637. WH Sat Sep 12, 1795: Strayed or stolen from the pasture of Ichabod Moore, in Union, the latter part of June last, two mare Mules, one a dark brown, the other a dun colour, branded on the near thigh, with the letters I.F. A generous reward will be given to any person who will return them to the subscriber, or give information where they may be found. Walter Sessions.
Union, Sept. 7, 1795.

638. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: New-York, Sept. 9. It is with pleasure we hear the Epidemic which has given some alarm in this City, does not extend nor become more virulent; on the contrary, is less fatal than at first. Yesterday no person died with the fever.

639. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: Windham. Dr. Joshua Elderkin, formerly of this town, we hear, is chosen by the town of Chelsea, Vermont, a representative to the General Assembly of that state.

640. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: In Mr. Peale’s Museum, at Philadelphia, is a rattlesnake, presented in the year 1792, when it had only four rattles, since which the number has increased to twelve. This demonstrates, that the common of ascertaining the years of their age, by the number of their rattles, is falacious. Mr. Peale, from observation, supposes that the bite of all vipers, (in which class he ranks the rattlesnake) is very dangerous: But the bite of snakes, properly so called, is generally harmless. That of the blacksnake, in particular, he says is less hurtful than the bite of a mufchetto [muschetto?, or mean mosquito?] He thinks that, instead of being hunted up and destroyed,
they ought to be considered as one of the farmers best friends, as they subsist principally upon field mice. And even recommends them, as an excellent substitute for cats, as domestic animals, to clear our houses of rats and mice.

641. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: Windham. Married, Mr. Socrates Swift, to Miss Betsy Simons.

642. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: Widham. Died. At Philadelphia, Pelatiah Webster, Esq. aged 70. At New-York, Mr. William Ledyard, aged 18, son of the late Col. Ledyard, of Groton. At New-London, Mrs. Sally Wilson, aged 62. Mr. Sylvester Powers, aged 33. At Norwich, Miss Mary Hallam, of New-London, aged 13. Mrs. Lucy Walter, aged 48. At Providence, Capt. John Payson Child, formerly of Woodstock, remarkable for his generosity and hospitality; has left a wife and two small children to lament his fate.

643. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: The Members of the Windham Medical Convention, are hereby notified, to meet at Mr. Dorrance’s tavern, in Hampton, on the fourth Tuesday of Sept. inst. at 9 o’clock A.M. A punctual and general attendance of the Members is earnestly requested. It is also desired that those gentlemen who have not paid their taxes, will not fail to pay them at said time, as it may save me some trouble, and them some expense. Joseph Baker, Clerk, M.C.
Brooklyn, 8th Sept. 1795.

644. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: The Freemen of the town of Windham, are hereby notified, to meet at the Court-house in Windham, on Monday the 21st of September inst at 9 o’clock in the forenoon, then and there to chuse two representatives to represent said town at the General Assembly, to be holden at New-Haven on the second Thursday of October next. Also to bring in their votes for twenty persons to stand in nomination at the next General Election.
Joshua Maxwell, Ebenezer Waldo, Constables. Windham, 10th Sept. 1795.

645. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: The hon. court of probate, for Windham district, hath limited the term to six months, from this date, for the creditors to the estate of Mrs. Hannah Stedman, late of Hampton, deceased, to exhibit their claims to the subscriber legally attested, or be debarred a recovery by law.
Thomas Stedman, jun. Adm’r. Hampton, Sept. 17, 1795.

646. WH Sat Sep 19, 1795: Anecdotes. Beans and Bacon. Phelim O More, was indicted at the county assizes in Ireland for a rape. His defence was ingenious. He gave in proof that he had a garden of beans, in which the prosecutrix committed nightly trespasses and depredations. That having caught her stealing his beans, he declared, if she came again she might expect such consequences as those she swore to on the trial. She came, and he kept his word. The court were of opinion, that the notice and the trespasses in the garden purged the act of felony, by shewing consent a priori, in the prosecutrix; and the culprit was acquitted. As he departed from the bar, Cortelle, who had been counsel against him, said ; “My good friend, you have made a most excellent defence to save your Bacon, but a very bad one to save your Beans.” And it was remarked, that poor Phelim could never afterwards keep beans in his garden; “the women,” as he said, “would be always after pulling
them and pulling them.”

647. WH Sat Sep 26, 1795: Lexington, August 4. By a gentleman from Head-Quarters, as late as the 20th ult. we are informed that the treaty was nearly completed: to receive the signatures of the chiefs to the articles was all that was undone at that time. The boundary line is described, as follows, viz. Beginning at the mouth of Canvabaga river, and running up the same to the fork, thence to a crossing place on Muskingum, two miles northward or where fort Lawrence formerly stood; thence through the dividing country between the bends of Glaize and St. Mary’s rivers and that of the Miami of the Ohio, to a place known by the name of Larmier’s stores, which is near the Miami, and is
the southerly end of the carrying place between it and the St. Mary’s river; thence by a line directly to fort Recovery, which stands on the ground where St. Clair was defeated; thence by a direct line to the Ohio, immediately opposite the mouth of Kentucky river. There are a variety of reservations made for ports and trading places, as well as that of 150,000 acres opposite the rapids of the Ohio, the French villages of and near Vincent’s and including a considerable quantity of land round Detroit. All the tribes have been justly represented at this treaty, who were objects of it. Those Shawanese and Lower Wiandots, whom the British agents has purposely kept form coming forward earlier, would arrive at head-quarters on the evening of the day our informant left that place. The Indians receive 20,000 dollars in goods at present, and 8,000 dollars annually.

648. WH Sat Sep 26, 1795: New-London, Sept. 24. By verbal information from New-York so late as Tuesday, we are compelled to believe, that the papers from thence are too favorable in the representations of the state of the fever in that city. Would all the letters from thence caution the people in the country against going there; would the streets and wharves be deserted and the markets comparatively empty; or would great numbers of stores be shut and families flocking into the country, unless there were more than from 10 to 14 deaths daily of that fever, in a population of 40,000 souls? We have been informed, by persons of credibility from New-York, who are interested in giving a favorable representation, that on Tuesday full 40 persons died on the eastern side of the city; and it is not denied that the disease has spread into
different parts. We are solicitous to avoid exaggeration; and we owe it as a first duty not to suppress the truth. If we adopt the most favorable
representations as most probable, do not circumstances require a vigilant exercise of the duties entrusted to those whose particular province it is to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases from abroad into this city; and is there not yet too great a facility of communication between this place and New-York? We are happy to learn, by a New-Haven paper of yesterday, that the sickness which prevailed in that city has almost subsided.

649. WH Sat Sep 26, 1795: Windham, September 26. The following gentlemen are chosen Representatives to the General Assembly of this state, in October next.

Windham, Mess. Timo. Larrabee, Shubael Abbe.
Lebanon, Mess. Daniel Tilden, Peleg Thomas.
Canterbury, Mess. Moses Cleaveland, Daniel Frost.
Plainfield, Mess. Calvin Goddard, Stevens Hall.
Hampton, Mr. Ebenezer Moseley.
New London, Mess. Marvin Walt, Elias Perkins.
Norwich, Mess. Joseph Williams, John Backus.
Lyme, Mess. Matthew Griswold, jun. D.F. Sill.
Groton, Mess. Thomas Avery, Benad. Gallup, jun.
Preston, Mess. Samuel Mott, Nathaniel Lord.
Montville, Mr. Joshua Raymond.
N. Haven, Mess. David Daggett, Elizor Goodrich.
Colchester, Mess. H. Champion, jun. J.R. Watrous.
Saybrook, Mess. Jonathan Lay, Wm. Hart.
East-Haddam, Epaph. Champion, J.O. Mosely.
Hebron, Mess. Sylvester Gilbert, Joel Jones.
Middletown, Mess. Elijah Hubbard, S.W. Dana.
Enfield, Mess. Eliphalet Terry, Daniel Perkins.
Chatham, Mess. Hezekiah Goodrich, _____ Bill.
Glastenbury, Mess. Elisha Hale, John Hale

650. WH Sat Sep 26, 1795: Windham. Died.
At Springfield, Mrs. Hannah Bliss, consort of George Bliss, Esq. of that town, and daughter of John Clark, Esq. of Lebanon, aged 31.
At New-London, Mr. William Pool, aged 18; son of Mr. Thomas Pool.
At Groton, the 12th inst. Miss Phebe Avery, aged 13; daughter of Mr. Isaac Avery.
At New-York, Mr. Samuel Loudon, jun. editor of the Diary.

651. WH Sat Sep 26, 1795: Taylors. All the Taylors in the County of Windham, are requested to meet at landlord Dorrance’s in Hampton, formerly Greenslit’s, the second Tuesday in October next, at 9 o’clock A.M. in order to adopt such measures, as may best promote uniformity and workmanship in our business.

652. WH Sat Sep 26, 1795: From the Knoxville Gazette August 14. On the 8th inst. arrived at this place, Colonel Isaac Titsworth, of Tennessee county, Mero district from the Tuckahatches, in the Creek nation, with his daughter and a negro, who were captured by the Creeks on the 5th of November last. With Colonel Titsworth came Mr. O’Reilly, express, with dispatches for government. Colonel Titsworth, and Mr. O’Reilly gave assurances of the sincere disposition of the Creeks for peace with the United States, one evidence of which is, that
Miss Titsworth and the negro were delivered up without price. We learn by those gentlemen that the Creeks after having made great preparations for war against the Chickasaws, determined on the 22d of July last, in full council, to make peace with that—tion. Colonel Titsworth speaks highly of the friendly conduct of Mr. Seagrove, the agent of the Creek nation, and of his exertions to prevent any further depredations being committed on the frontiers of that country.

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