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Otsego Herald

February 20, 2014

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New York Refugee Aid

Western Sufferers—The bill for their relief has been amended in [the New York State] Assembly, by...substituting a new pay $50, be the indigent sufferers of the counties of Niagara and Genessee, without any reference to the Indians or Canadian refugees. The Senate non-concurred in the bill, and sent it back to the Assembly.

The points of collision between the two houses relate principally to the manner of distributing the money.... The Senate seems to think that the overseers of the poor...will make the most judicious distribution, inasmuch as they are best acquainted with the circumstances and losses of the inhabitants of their respective towns.... Thus the bill hangs in suspence....

COMMENT: Thus a quarrel between the two houses of the New York State Legislature prevented anyone along the Niagara frontier from getting any relief—and both Indians and Canadian refugees were evidently to be literally left out in the cold.

“Take Notice”

I HEREBY forbid all persons trusting Daniel Ireland on my account, as I shall pay no debts he may contract after this date. DAVID NEWCOMB. Edmeston, Feb. 14, 1814.

COMMENT: David Newcomb (b. Sept. 17, 1769, in Wellfleet, Mass., d. Jan. 9, 1838, Burlington, NY), was probably living in Edmeston in early 1814. He was (like your compiler) a descendant of William Brewster of the Mayflower Pilgrims. He was described as “an honest, upright man, respected by all who knew him,” and with his wife Mary Kelsey (1774-1838) had eight children. I have not identified Daniel Ireland—as is common with runaways.


Propositions of peace have been made between the Allied Monarchs and Bonaparte, and have been accepted:—

A Congress has been proposed to assemble in Manhein to treat of the terms.

Lord Castlereagh was to leave London on the 27th December, to repair to the continent.

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