COMMENT: I have been unable to identify “T.M.”, but Colonel Richard Cary (1746-1806), a Revolutionary veteran,. had died in Cooperstown on December 15, 1806, after going bankrupt in 1796. His daughter Anne married William Cooper’s oldest son Richard Fenimore Cooper. Cary is buried in the Cooper family plot at Christ Episcopal Church, next to William’s well beloved daughter Hannah Cooper (1777-1800). As Col. Cary was dying he is said to have whispered that he had one last request to make — “Bury me beside Hannah Cooper; she was the best woman I ever knew and my only chance of Paradise is getting in on her skirts.”
I have a Patent Machine for Spinning Wool, on which a woman and a small girl, after a little experience, can spin from 15 to 20 runs a day with the same ease that a common day’s work is performed. Those who wish to purchase will please to call at my shop in Cooperstown, to see the Machine and know the terms. JOSEPH CUSHMAN. February 1, 1814.
COMMENT: This was probably Joseph Cushman (1771-1837), who came from Connecticut, was a merchant in Schuyler Lake until 1815, and died in Chenango Forks. I have not found further information about him.
“THE ARMY BILL.”
The bill for filling the ranks, encouraging enlistments, &c. has finally passed both houses of Congress. The House receded from its disagreement to the senate’s amendment so far as it related to an increase in the land bounty, and the senate from its amendments respecting money bounty; so that, as the bill is agreed to, the whole bounty money is $124 to each recruit — 50 on enlistment, 50 on mustering the recruit, and 24 on discharge from service, and the land bounty 160 acres. In this form the bill passed the house of representatives without opposition. – Albany Argus.
COMMENT: Isn’t compromise in Congress wonderful! A big problem (never wholly solved) was how to induce Americans to volunteer for the Army during the War of 1812, and the bounties — in cash and land —were periodically increased.