In this town, on the 9th [August] of the typhus fever, Mr. Ira Thurston, aged 22 [possibly an Ira Thurston (1791-1814 —died Oct. 28, 1814) from Springfield, NY.)
Charleston, (S. C.) July 3. From Wednesday night last till yesterday morning, it rained almost incessantly. During that time there has fallen twelve inches, two quarters and five tenths of a quarter of water — a greater quantity than has fallen in the same space for many years before. Previous to this rain, there had been a drought for several weeks continuance, which had done great injury to vegetation; and it is to be feared that this unusual quantity of rain will be equally destructive as the drought.
TO THE PUBLIC
About commencing the Editorial care of this paper, the undersigned will for once dispense with an ancient established custom, by giving it to the public without a — PROSPECTUS — or in other words, a long list of fair PROMISES and PROFESSIONS, which may hereafter be thrown in his face for having failed in fulfilling them. His political principles are well known, therefore they need no explanation here. The course he is about to take will be unfolded as he proceeds in his labors, which he means to pursue by “managing his own affairs in his own way, unembarrassed by too much regulation.”
The improved appearance of the HERALD, it is hoped, will be an additional inducement to those who have hitherto so liberally patronized it to continue their favors, which will be thankfully received and duly appreciated. I. W. CLARK.
COMMENT: Israel W. Clark (ca. 1789-1828) only published the Otsego Herald for one year; Clark also published “The Watchtower” from 1813-1817, a weekly paper founded in Cherry Valley in 1813 but moved to Cooperstown the next year. He was a Presidential elector from New York in 1816 (when James Monroe was elected). In 1817 Clark purchased the “Albany Register” and hired politician-to-be Thurlow Weed (1797-1882), an old friend from Cooperstown days, to become its foreman.