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Otsego Herald

April 17, 2014

Fire Prevention

(Continued)

Following his arrest for treason (for, among other things, allegedly signaling to the British forces across the St. Lawrence River by hanging two blue lights in his Ogdensburg window), Ford was sent to New York City for trial. But he made effective use of his extensive political and social contacts, with evident success. Judge Henry Brockholst Livington (1757-1823) was a very prominent New Yorker who had been since 1807 a Supreme Court Justice.

Judge Ford’s Federalist friends were delighted at his release: the “Cooperstown Federalist” (now “The Freeman’s Journal”) wrote that: “This gentlemen has made himself very obnoxious to the ‘powers that be’ by an honest declaration of his political principles and a decided hostility to their views in the prosecution of an unnecessary, impolitic and ruinous war. His life has frequently been threatened by the military....”

Murder!

Norfolk, March 30. At a late hour last night, a fracas took place in Little Water-street, between one Middleton, who keeps a disorderly house in that street, and a sailor by the name of Tom Taylor, belonging to the flotilla.

Several blows passed between them in Middleton’s house, and afterwards in the street before his door, and the sailor proving the strongest, Middleton’s wife handed him a pistol, the muzzle of which he applied close to Taylor’s breast and shot him dead on the spot. Middleton was immediately taken to jail.

COMMENT: A “disorderly house” was a polite name for a house of prostitution.

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  • NAVY IN SOUTH AMERICA British Perfidy New York, July 15th,1814--letter to Secretary of the Navy Sir--There are some facts relating to our enemy, and although not connected with the action, serve to shew [sic] his perfidy and should be known.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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