COMMENT: Following their successful raid on Oswego, at the eastern edge of Lake Ontario, the British Navy sought to intercept badly needed naval supplies being carried from Oswego to the main American naval base at Sackets Harbor, where the St. Lawrence River leave the Lake..
When 130 British sailors and marines chased the Americans up the Sandy Creek, the American force led by Melancthon Woolsey successfully ambushed them with a force of American soldiers and Oneida Indian allies.
Master Commandant Melancthon Woolsey (1782-1838) was a rising young naval officer who, in 1806, had led a squad including young Midshipman James Fenimore Cooper at Oswego, supervising the construction of the USS Oneida, the first American warship on the Great Lakes—which Woolsey later commanded. Cooper in 1846 wrote a biography of him.
Another Publication Change
In consequence of a new arrangement of the arrival of the Mails, the day of publication of this paper, will henceforth be on THURSDAY.
COMMENT: The weekly Otsego Herald had originally been published on Saturdays, but had shortly before this switched to Wednesdays in order to coordinate with postal routes. Newspapers were allowed to exchange their papers with other newspaper publishers without paying postage.
Sale of Pews
NOTICE: The annual sale of the PEWS in the Presbyterian Meeting House in this village, takes place on Wednesday the 6th of July next, at 2 o’clock P. M. – E. FOOTE, Clk. Cooperstown, June 20, 1814.
COMMENT: Note that pews had to be bought! Also, the Presbyterian Church here in Cooperstown, as elsewhere, refused to use the word “church” (or to display crosses) on the grounds that these were Roman Catholic symbols.
At Milford, on Friday last, Mr. Jonah Foster to Miss Martha T. Nile, both of this village.
COMMENT: They were still living in Milford in 1820.
Trees and Lightning
Another warning to avoid trees in thunder storms.