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Otsego Herald

April 24, 2014

Armistice reached?

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, April 23, 1814

Compiled, with comments

by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL

PEACE RUMORS

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.

To this proposition our executive, after a consultation of his cabinet, has acceded. ... That a negociation for an armistice, is proceeding, we presume there is no doubt. ... – The New-York Columbian.

COMMENT: A recent war history states that Prevost wrote to his army and naval subordinates that “the Americans had forwarded a ... notice to Prevost’s attention ... proposing a mutual cessation of hostilities and the holding of meetings to conclude an armistice until the results of the [peace] negotiations [in Europe] were known.” Though Prevost liked the idea, his military and naval commanders strongly objected, on the ground that the American proposal was only a trick. In any case, nothing came of it.

Marriage Notices

MARRIED — In this village, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. John Smith, Mr. ELIAS ROOT, of this town, to Miss NANCY SABIN, of Colchester, Ct.

COMMENT: Elias Root (1784-1859), originally from Stockbridge, Mass., later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a jail keeper in 1850 and a land agent in 1860. His wife Nancy Sabin (1783-1874) accompanied him. They had seven children. Rev. John Smith was the Cooperstown Presbyterian Minister from 1811-1833, when the congregation split for a time.

MARRIED — At Cherry Valley, on Thursday last, by the Rev. Mr. Cooley, Mr. NATHANIEL R. PACKARD, Merchant, to Miss ELIZABETH CLERY, all of that village.

COMMENT: Nathaniel Rawson Packard (1784-1847) came from Petersham, MA. His bride, Elizabeth Clary (1795-1863) was a native of Cherry Valley. They had nine children.

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