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Otsego Herald

February 28, 2013

'Shocking Barbarity'

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Feb. 27, 1813

Compiled, with comments



Died, yesterday in this village, between the hours of three and four P.M., Mrs. ELIZABETH R. GOODSELL, consort of Mr. Peter Goodsell, of this place, aged 41. It is but justice to say, that the deceased was possessed of all those amiable qualities of the heart, which truly adorn the female character, and which had peculiarly endeared her to her family and acquaintances.

COMMENT: Peter Goodsell (1771-1851) came from Fairfield, Conn. In Cooperstown he had a dry goods business, and also had a farm and mill in Burlington, and later moved to DeWitt, N.Y., where he died. His first wife was Elizabeth Ruth Morehouse (1771-1813), and he later married a Mrs. L. Day, and then a Mrs. Marvin. On Oct. 14, 1812, following the legal change of the village’s name from Otsego to Cooperstown, officers were chosen at a public village meeting, namely: Robert Campbell as president, John Russell, Elijah H. Metcalf, Peter Goodsell and James Averill Jr. as trustees, and George Pomeroy as clerk. However, Goodsell held his post for only one year.

Naval Victory

As Monday evening arrived in the outer harbor, the U.S. Frigate CONSTITUTION, Com. Bainbridge. Mr. Ludlow, purser, came to town, and was the bearer of the following information of another brilliant naval victory.

“On the 29th December … about 10 leagues from the coast of Brazil, the Constitution fell in with and captured his B. Majesty’s frigate JAVA, of 49 guns, and manned with upwards of 400 men. The action continued one hour and fifty five minutes, in which time the Java was made a complete wreck, having her bowsprit, and every mast and spar shot out of her.

“The Constitution had nine men killed and 25 wounded. The Java had 60 men killed and 101 wounded, certainly. Among the latter, mortally, was Capt. Lambert, her commander, a very distinguished officer.

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