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Otsego Herald

December 5, 2013

To Win The War

Editorial

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.

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  • Armistice reached? As we understand, a proposition has been received from Sir George Prevost, governor of Lower Canada, by our government, for a suspension of hostilities between the forces of the United States and those of Great Britain under his command in the two Canadas, during we presume the pending negociations between the two governments.

    April 24, 2014

  • Fire Prevention The Trustees of the village of Cooperstown, are determined rigidly to enforce the following Bye-Law:

    April 17, 2014

  • British Spy Executed Plattsburgh, March 26. At length, by redoubled vigilance, in spite of the defects of our own laws, the corruption of some of our citizens, and the arts and cunning of the enemy, one Spy, of the hundreds who roam at large over this frontier, has been detected, convicted, and sentenced to Death.

    April 10, 2014

  • Fasting, humiliation and prayer The Presbytery of Oneida, having met at Whitesborough, on the 3d day of February, 1814, took into consideration the present calamitous state of our country, the war, its disastrous and demoralizing effects, the prevalence of immorality, of irreligion, drunkenness, sabbath-breaking, and vices of various kinds,

    April 3, 2014

  • Recovering after the fire 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.

    March 27, 2014

  • A fire in Cooperstown On Thursday morning last, between the hours of 3 and 4 o’clock, our citizens were aroused from their slumbers by the alarming cry of fire, which proved to be in the building occupied by Mr. Joseph Wilkinson as a store and dwelling.

    March 20, 2014

  • British Attack in North The Plattsburgh Republican, of the 26th ult. [February] says, that on the 19th, the enemy from Cornwall and Coteau de Lac, having learned that our troops had left French Mills, on the15th, crossed the St. Lawrence, and visited the French Mills, Malone and Chateaugay, and had “carried off between 150 and 200 barrels of provisions, good and bad, public and private.â€�

    March 13, 2014

  • A futile patriotism SPEECH OF THE HON. MR. HOLMES, in the Senate of Massachusetts, During the Debate on the reported Answer the Governor/s Speech [A Republican State Senator, John Holmes strongly objected to the anti-war attitude taken by the Federalist-controlled State of Massachusetts].

    March 6, 2014

  • Making maple sugar The sap begins to run -- farmers, look out; it is all important that every effort should be made to obtain a national supply, the present year, from our own resources.

    February 27, 2014

  • Back to Sackett's Harbor The camp at French Mills, we understand, has been broken up. Two thousand troops were expected to reach Sackett's Harbor on Friday last. The residue have proceeded to Malone and Plattsburgh, at the former of which places the sick had arrived on the 2d inst. [February]. The boats had been removed by land.

    February 20, 2014