Some of the public stages and coaches were obliged to be left in the roads, and the horses taken out —many were overturned, and several people injured.
COMMENT: The famous (or infamous) London fogs would last until the early 20th century, when coal ceased to be the principal fuel for heating buildings.
Middlebury [VT], April 27. From Vergennes, we learn, that six row-gallies were launched last week, capable of mounting two heavy guns each. ... The new Brig is represented to be one of the finest of her class. If our fleet, thus strengthened, clears Otter Creek in safety, we venture to predict that it will ride triumphant on Lake Champlain the ensuing season.
COMMENT: As indeed it did, at the Battle of Plattsburgh on Sept. 11, 1814, when a small American fleet on Lake Champlain commanded by Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough decisively defeated a British squadron commanded by Commodore George Downie (who was killed in the fight).
The American naval victory caused British Army Commander Sir George Prevost to abandon his planned invasion of America and retreat back to Canada.
The American Brig (a two masted warship) referred to in the story was the 500 ton Eagle, with a crew of 150, carrying eight 18-pounder guns and twelve 32-pounder carronades (a shorter type of cannon). Her hull was holed 39 times and she lost 13 men killed and 20 wounded. After the war she was sold in 1825. The six “row-gallies” gunboats were each 70 tons, with a crew of 40; they carried one 24-pounder long gun and one 16-pounder carronade. – From the May 11 issue.