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April 18, 2013

The Henry Plot


The person above described, is supposed to be one Timothy Coye, from New Lisbon or Butternuts, Otsego County, who returned from the Niagara frontier, thro’ this village, some time in the month of November last. He had been sick while on the lines, and appeared to be deranged when in this village.

Considerable search was made by the inhabitants of this town and Nelson, from the circumstance of his horse, &c., being found the next morning after he left this place, in the town of Nelson, five miles distant; but the heavy fall of snow at that time rendered all search fruitless.

COMMENT: It seems probable that the unfortunate Timothy was the son of Nathaniel Coy, born 1778 in Connecticut, who with his wife, Bridget Goodell Coy, had moved to Butternuts by 1800. According to the 1810 U.S. Census, they had a son aged between 26 and 44. I can find no other record of his death.

News From Lewiston

April 6, 1813. [To Joseph Haslett, Governor of Delaware:] “The attack immediately commenced and continued till near 10 o’clock. The fire from our batteries silenced one of the most dangerous gun boats, against which I directed the fire from our 18-pounder, for which I request you will immediately send me a supply of shot and powder, as it is uncertain how long the bombardment will continue. They have not succeeded with their bombs in reaching the town. And the damage from their 32-pounders and cannister cannot be ascertained till daylight.

“I hope, Sir, in this affair you will find the honor of the state has not been tarnished. “I have the honor to be, sir, &c. [Samuel Boyer] DAVIS [1766-1854], Col. Comdt.

“N.B. While writing the above the enemy has recommenced firing.”

COMMENT: Readers will recall that a British Naval Squadron had threatened to bombard the town of Lewiston [Lewes], Delaware, unless it agreed to sell it live cattle to feed the British sailors. Cannon were generally described by the weight of the cannonballs (“shot”) they could fire. “Cannisters” were filled with small iron objects intended to kill or wound personnel.


Died, at Troy, on the 3d inst., Mr. BENJAMIN COLLINS, aged 44 years.




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