A number of doctors, and the curious from several states visited the cave. The body of the male was dissected into hundreds of pieces, every person desiring of having a small piece of both body and shroud … The man appeared old and grey-headed.
The female appeared a child about 7 years old. She was transported entire with her shroud to Peal’s museum in Philadelphia …
COMMENT: This account was transcribed from “The Halcyon Luminary, and Theological Repository,” Volume II (1813), p. 191. Often referred to as the “copperas cave mummies,” there have been many published descriptions of this find.
More from Maine
Col. Ulmer, commanding the U.S. Volunteers at Eastport, has succeeded in taking possession of the British store ship Diligence, lately cast away near St. Johns [New Brunswick, Canada], and took out of her 27 pieces of ordnance, viz. 10 pieces 24 lb. cannon, 15 12 lb. cannon, and two 9 lb. cannon. Also a number of carriages for the large pieces, iron wheels for the whole, and 25 tons of shot. The Diligence sailed from England for Halifax on the 8th of Nov. last, in company with six other transports…and parted company with them in a gale of wind.
COMMENT: As reported to Washington, “Ship Diligence, mounting twelve guns, a government transport, a great ship, laden with most valuable stores (military) wrecked near Machias, as follows. ‘A very valuable ship of 500 tons burthen-) carrying 18 guns, and deeply laden with dry goods, muskets, ammunition and cannon, from London, via Halifax, for St. John’s.’”
Not mentioned in the newspaper account is that the British succeeded in burning the wreck of the Diligence before Col. Ulmer and his volunteers could reach her, although the Americans were able, as stated, to rescue many of the cannons she carried.
A New Sheriff
The Council of Appointment has appointed WM. SPRAGUE, of this village, sheriff of this county.
COMMENT: William Sprague (1763-1842) was Sheriff of Otsego County from 1813-1815. A Federalist, he became Otsego Town Supervisor, 1820-1823, headed the Cooperstown Masons in 1807-1808, and was a Colonel in the Militia. He had two wives, Abiah Hubbell (1770-1796) and Mary Gregory (1775-1852), and 11 children. He left Cooperstown in 1825, and died in Livingston County in 1842.