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NOTICE: The subscribers earnestly request all persons who are indebted to them and whose Accounts and Notes have become due – to make payment by the first day of May next; at which time they intend going to New-York.
GOODSELL & COOK. Cooperstown, April 2, 1813
COMMENT: Peter Goodsell (1771-1851) had joined with Cook in 1811 in taking over a general store in the “new brick store” at the corner of Main and Pioneer Streets. The partnership was sold to Silas and Russell Williams in 1813, which explains why they wanted to collect their debts before moving to New York City. Most retail business at this time was still conducted on credit.
A British Threat
To the First Magistrate of Lewistown [Lewes, Delaware], His Britannic Majesty’s ship Poictiers, Mouth of the Delaware, March 16, 1813:
“Sir – As soon as you receive this, I must request you will send twenty live bullocks, with a proportionate quantity of vegetables and hay, to the Poictiers, for the use of his Britannic majesty’s squadron now at anchorage, which shall be immediately paid for at Philadelphia prices. If you refuse to comply with this request, I shall be under the necessity of destroying your town. J.P. BERESFORD, Commodore.
COMMENT: The demand was rejected, and American troops sent to defend the village. Nevertheless it was ineffectually bombarded by British ships on April 9.