From the Otsego Herald
for Saturday, March 26, 1814
Compiled, with comments
by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL
“Taylor & Graves”
HAVE again commenced business, in the white building south of the Bookstore of H. & E. PHINNEY, where they hope their friends and the public generally will please to call, in order that they may be enabled to forget the loss which they have so recently sustained by fire. They are constantly receiving the newest fashions from Albany and New York, and trust they shall be able to cut and make clothes, to the satisfaction of their employers. Cooperstown, March 24, 1814.
COMMENT: That was fast work getting back in business! By employers, the store no doubt means the customers who order them to cut and make clothes.
IS under the necessity of requesting all persons who have unsettled accounts, notes, &c. to call and adjust the same without delay, as he is obliged to suspend his business until a complete settlement of all his concerns takes place. Cooperstown, March 26, 1814.
COMMENT: I don’t know whether Wilkinson recovered from the fire which had destroyed his home and store.
A CARD. On Saturday, the 2d of April next, the undersigned will commence the publication of a republican journal, under the title of The Watch-tower. which will be afforded upon the same conditions that the papers now printed in this village are. Public patronage is respectfully solicited. I. W. CLARK. Cooperstown, March 26, 1814.
COMMENT: Israel W. Clark (1789-1828) had begun this paper in 1813 in Cherry Valley. Like the Otsego Herald it supported the Republican party, and it continued to be printed in Cooperstown until 1831, though Clark moved on to Albany and eventually Rochester. Of him it was said that:
“He was a man of singular disinterestedness and fidelity. His private and political sentiments were entirely guileless. His aim through life seemed to be to adorn that bright maxim of Franklin, which teaches us to do ‘as much good and as little evil to our fellow citizens’ as was possible. Politically Mr. Clark labored to purify the character and elevate the standard of our public journals. He never uttered a venal sentiment or traced a servile line. Though contributing largely to produce important political results, he derived personally none of their advantages. No man labored more zealously with such generous regard of pecuniary or political reward.” (Joel Munsell, “The Annals of Albany,” Volume 9, 1858, pp. 172-173)