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Otsego Herald

November 7, 2013

British Retreat

(Continued)

The safety of Maj. Gen. Proctor, the officers of his personal staff and some few others, together with about 50 men, has only as yet been ascertained....

The enemy’s forces employed on this service is estimated from 10,000 to 12,000 strong, including troops of every description.

COMMENT: The precipitate retreat of General Proctor and his troops from Detroit and the Western portion of Upper Canada [today’s Ontario] was as stated due largely to the naval victory of Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie, which by cutting off the British supply route along that Lake, made their position tactically impossible. It was followed by the disastrous (for him) Battle of the Thames.

Pay day at hand!

On the 27th instant [November] the subscriber proposes to discontinue distributing newspapers. Having faithfully served the public, for two years and a half past, in the capacity of a News Carrier, he trusts that all persons now indebted to him will make payment at or previous to the date named.

Persons living off the post route who receive their papers on Saturdays are requested personally to attend on the 27th inst. at 4 o’clock P.M. at the places where they receive their papers for the purpose of having a settlement; and those who receive them on Monday are requested to attend on the 29th at 10 A.M. for the same purpose.

Those who do not attend to this may expect cost.

GEO. GRIFFITH. Nov. 6, 1813.

COMMENT: This gives some hint as to how newspapers like the Otsego Herald were distributed through the countryside: some subscribers lived along the route followed by the news carrier on Saturday or Monday—others had to travel to some point along that route to get their papers. George Griffiths (ca. 1770-1857) died in Laurens, Otsego County.

Otsego Bank Application

NOTICE is hereby given, than an application will be made to the Legislature of this State, at their next session, by the subscribers and their associates, for an act of incorporation as a Banking Company, in the Village of Cooperstown, & County of Otsego, under the name and style of The President, Directors and Company of the BANK OF OTSEGO, with a capital of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.

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