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Otsego Herald

February 27, 2014

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“Unless you comply with these just demands without delay, we will withdraw from the union, scatter to the winds the bonds of tyranny, and transmit to posterity, that liberty purchased by the revolution.” We have not room this day to take a severer notice of this infamous publication. – [New York] Standard of Union.

COMMENT: Rumors that New England planned to secede from the Union were growing rapidly, as American military efforts began to prove unsuccessful. The New York “Standard of Union” was a semi-weekly newspaper published briefly between October 1813 and May 1814. The editor was Tunis Wortman (1773-1822), a lawyer, political writer, and prominent member of Tammany Hall in New York City.

Another New Editor

S. R. Brown, late Editor of the SARATOGA PATRIOT, an eccentric and versatile being, yet firm and persevering in his purposes, when powerful incentives stimulate to exertion, respectfully informs the American people, from St. Croix to Sabine, from the Atlantic to the wilds of Louisiana, that, life, health and contingencies permitting, he WILL on Monday, the 28th of February ... issue from the press of Messrs. E. & E. Hosford, State-street Albany, the first number of a weekly paper, to be entitled


The objects, nature and conditions of the intended publication will then be made known ... Not a single subscriber is obtained — a few, however, are expected. Don’t laugh, Gentlemen. – Feb.22,1814

COMMENT: The life of Samuel R. Brown (1775-1817) was as eccentric as this advertisement, and over the years he founded and briefly edited quite a number of newspapers, including the “The Aurora Borealis and Saratoga Advertiser,” “The Albany Republican,” and the “Cayuga Patriot.”

Of him, the famous New York editor Thurlow Weed, who boarded with him in 1814, later wrote: “Out of my seven weeks residence there, Mr. Dickens would have found characters and incidents for a novel as rich and as original as that of ‘David Copperfield’ or ‘Nicholas Nickleby.’ Mr. Brown was an even tempered, easy-going, good natured man, who took no thought of what he should eat or what he should drink or where with he should be clothed. He wrote his editorials ... upon his knee, with two or three children about him, playing or crying as the humor took them ...

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  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014

  • Passing out bibles The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o'clock A.M.

    May 22, 2014