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November 8, 2012

Trial of Capt. Dacres


The fact is, that the naval reputation of Britain must be maintained “at home,” even if it can only be done at the expence of honor and truth. Their statements that the British seamen “were offered high bribes to enter into the service of the U.S.” we believe to be wholly false.

COMMENT: The sinking of the British Frigate Guerriere by the U.S. Frigate Constitution on Aug. 19, 1812, was one of the few things America could be proud of after the defeat at Queenston Heights, and it is hardly surprising that an American newspaper should cast aspersions on any British attempt to lessen that “great victory.”

Capt. James Richard Dacres (1788-1853), despite his loss of the Guerriere, eventually rose to become a vice admiral in the British Navy. So far as his court martial was concerned, it was pointed out that the Guerriere was originally French-built, and was headed for repairs at the time of its fight with the Constitution.


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Prize Tickets in Union college Lottery No. 3 received in payment for Tickets.

H. & E. Phinney, jun. have a correct List of Blanks and Prizes, in the last Union College Lottery, by which all Tickets may be examined.

COMMENT: Jedediah Peck (1748-1821) of Otsego County was instrumental in establishing a State lottery for Public Education about 1800, and such Lotteries were used for education until 1821. 

After becoming president of Union College in 1804, Eliphalet Nott (1773-1866) got the state Legislature to authorize a Lottery on behalf of the college, and used the first money to buy 250 acres in Schenectady to house its campus, which was designed by the French architect Joseph Ramee. Nott, who had been pastor of the Cherry Valley Episcopal Church from 1796-1798, served as president of Union College for 62 years, until his death in 1866.

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