CURSORY REFLECTIONS. Monday next, is the day fixed upon by adjournment for the meeting of Congress. So soon as that assembly shall have convened, we hope to see prompt and efficient measures adopted, in pursuance of which the War can be vigorously prosecuted, and its objects the sooner attained.
Let our rulers but do their duty and they will be seconded in their exertions by the great mass of population which they represent. On this they have had every assurance, as well as frequent and repeated examples. This being the case, it is more confidently hoped, that they will pursue no middle course, by which nothing is gained, but which tends rather to paralyze the energies of the nations by demanding much, and providing small means by which the demand is to be satisfied.
The objects for which we are contending are clear and distinct, therefore let the means provided be adequate to the end at which we aim. The question involved is neither more nor less that this; Shall we maintain our national independence, or not?...
Whatever may be hoped for, through the mediation of Russia, it is at all events most proper to be prepared for the most unfavorable result. England, it is true, may desire peace and be willing to settle the differences now pending between her and America in a manner that will be honorable to the latter; but it is equally probable, that she only wishes to protract our operations by holding out the olive branch, without making one advance to deliver it into the hand of her adversary, as a token of the sincerity of her professions.—
Therefore let us be prepared for the result.
If England be found really desirous of peace, upon equitable terms, let us receive her with open arms; if she is not, then let us try the “tug of war” yet longer, till her proud spirit shall be humbled so far as to acknowledge and respect our rights.
In the present state of affairs there is one measure, which, above all others at present, we wish to see adopted—it is an EMBARGO. This measure is called for both by the general interest of the nation, and the local circumstances of a great portion of its citizens....
It is a well authenticated fact, that the fleet of our enemy is daily supplied with provisions from our magazines [warehouses], through the agency of a neutral flag. It is well known also, that many of these pretended neutral ships, are owned and commanded by Americans, who, it would seem, have lost all love of country, in their eager pursuit of wealth....
Flour is now selling in Boston at $8 per barrel, and the demand for the article increasing! Even here, the produce of our soil was never known to bear so high a price as at present.... The magazines of provisions in our country are not inexhaustible.... Yet the quantity exported for the subsistence of our enemy...is immense!.... We do not absolutely say that a famine will be the consequence of our allowing our provisions to be transported from our shores as they are at present, but it is the paramount duty of our governors to provide, as far as in their power, against all public calamities. Much do we also deprecate the policy of feeding and fighting a nation at one and the same time.
COMMENT: All along the Northeastern American border, smugglers were providing the British Army in Canada with enormous quantities of wheat and other provisions—food that sparsely populated Canada could not itself supply. Despite pleas like this, however, little was done about it
DIED—in this town, on the 1st inst. (December), MISS MARY ROOT, in her 20th year.
DANIEL OLENDORF, Saddle & Harness Maker, has taken a room in the new building, two doors west of the store lately occupied by Messrs. Williams & Averill, (and now by the Otsego Cotton Factory,) where he intends carrying on the a SADDLING BUSINESS.,
And solicits the patronage of his old customers, and the public generally. He will keep constantly on hand, a variety of Saddles, Bridles & Harness, which will be exchanged for cash, grain, most kinds of lumber, or the usual credit.
All kinds of work done at his shop, will be warranted good and durable, without the least deception.
Cooperstown, Dec. 4, 1813.
COMMENT: Daniel Olendorf was born in Canada in 1779, where his parents had been carried as captives of Indians after the attack on Cherry Valley in 1778; he died in Cooperstown on February 25, 1847. His father, Daniel Olendorf (1755-1830) came from Baden-Baden in Germany, his mother was Catherine Hilton (1760-1826)—they had 9 children, of whom young Daniel was the oldest. He and started his Saddle business in 1806, and married Betsey M. Havre, who died in Cooperstown on August 27, 1851, in her 67th year,. The Olendorf family maintained a Tavern in Cooperstown, and most of the family are buried in Christ Churchyard.
New Store, and New & Cheap Goods. The subscribers have formed a connection in business under the firm of COOK & CRAFTS, and have received from New-York and Albany, a general assortment of Dry Goods, Crockery, Groceries, Iron and Steel, Hardware, Nails and WINDOW GLASS, which they offer for sale at a small profit at their store one door east of Mr. Wilkinson’s and opposite to Dr. Fuller’s dwelling house.
SETH COOK, GEO. S. CRAFTS. Cooperstown, Nov. 19, 1812.
COMMENT: Seth Cook (1782-1819) had since 1806 been in partnership with Oliver Cory (1762-1858), which broke up in 1811. In 1812 he married Lucy Crafts. George Crafts was active in the Otsego Lodge of the Masonic Order, serving as its Treasurer a number of times, but I haven’t found his dates.