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February 6, 2014

First steam warships


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.”

Spinning Invention

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 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.

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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