COMMENT: This letter goes on to discuss the loss of several ships to the British fleet on Lake Ontario. In fact, both Isaac Chauncey (1779-1840) and British Commodore Sir James Yeo (1782-1818) were very cautious commanders, avoiding action unless they felt certain of victory — and frequently avoiding action altogether. Naval warfare on Lake Ontario (in contrast to Lakes Erie and Champlain) was thus pretty much a draw until 1814, when the British build and launched HMS Saint Lawrence, for a time the most powerful warship in the British Navy, and with it gained control of the Lake.
The commandant of the 3d Brigade of Artillery is ordered to furnish ..3 60 men ... Should companies volunteer, their services will be accepted ... The whole to form a Brigade, to be commanded by Brigadier General Geo. McClure ...
COMMENT: Brig. Gen. George McClure (1771-1851), of the New York Militia, committed one of the worst American atrocities in the War of 1812, when on Dec.10, 1813, while evacuating Fort George in Upper Canada, he burned the nearby town of Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake), giving no notice, and leaving its 400 women and children stranded in the snow. In retaliation, the British quickly burned Lewiston, Black Rock, and Buffalo in New York state.
Accident. — On Monday morning last, a son of Mr. William Fairchild, of this town, about five years of age, was either thrown out of a cart, or in attempting to jump out of the same, broke his neck, which occasioned instantaneous death.
DIED — In this town on the evening of the 2d [September] of the typhus fever, Mrs. HANNAH FLINT, wife of Moses M. Flint, aged 28, the 25th of June last, leaving 4 small children. She was resigned to her fate, and closed her eyes, in the sleep of death, under a conviction that she should rise in the morning of the resurrection to enjoy a happy immortality.