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Otsego Herald

May 8, 2014

Republicans defeat Federalists

(Continued)

COMMENT: We include one item from the May 11 “half issue.”

Cleaning Merino Wool

From a letter dated November 20, 1813. SIR — In compliance with your request to obtain ... the best method for cleansing the Merino Wool, the following directions are given by one of our best manufacturers: One part urine, two parts soft water, as warm as the hand can bear; let the wool be properly worked in this, then taken out and laid on a rack to drain ... then rinse it well in cold soft water. ...

When to be carded, about one gill of olive or sweet oil to the pound of Merino Wool. ... The price of wool is increasing: -- Merino full blooded, 2 dollars 50 cents — three 4ths 1 dollar 50 cents — one half, 1 dollar —one fourth 75 cents — common, 37 to 50 cents.

Farmers ... can now manufacture all the wool they can raise at 100 percent profit.

COMMENT: The “bubble” for growing the Merino breed of sheep, which had been smuggled out of Spain, was at its height, and Otsego County was in its center. Young James Cooper (he had not yet adopted the “Fenimore”) was trying to raise them at what he called “Mount Ovis” on the site of the New York State Historical Association. When the War of 1812 ended, the bubble burst.

London Smog

London, Jan. 3 ...The fog still continues. It was more dense and oppressive last night than at any time since its commencement on Monday last. Very few persons ventured out ... and no sound was heard out of doors but the voices of the watchmen or the noise of some solitary carriage, cautiously feeling its way through the gloom.

To a person who came up to London ... it would seem as if he had been descending into a coal pit, to see persons walking with a little torch or candle, at 4 o’clock, in the afternoon, and trying to find out in their own street their habitations and ... so bewildered as to knock at their neighbor’s doors to ask where their own houses were.

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  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014

  • Passing out bibles The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o'clock A.M.

    May 22, 2014