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Otsego Herald

November 27, 2013

American failure


Why have they thus blasted the hopes of thousands who anticipated that the American flag was to be rescued from that disgrace into which it had fallen by the malconduct of her commanding officers? The only ostensible reason is, because the two commanding officers could not agree as to the point of compass where the junction of their forces should take place!

Would to God, (for the honor of our country) such disgraceful proceedings could be forever blotted from the memory of man!

MARRIED — At Hartwick, on Thursday last, by Elder Wier, Mr. John Bunn, to Miss Amity Price, both of that down.

COMMENT: John Bunn (1791-1880) married Emily (Amity) Price (1794-1873), and they are both buried in the Fly Creek Village Cemetery.

At Boston, by the Rev. Dr. Harris of Dorchester, His Excellency Major-General HENRY DEARBORN, of the U.S. Army, to Mrs. SARAH BOWDOIN, widow of the late Hon. James Bowdoin, Esq.

COMMENT: On Oct. 27, 2011, President Barry Mills of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, giving the annual Sarah and James Bowdoin Day address, said of the two:

“James Bowdoin III lived from 1752 until 1811. He was the son of James Bowdoin II for whom the College is named. ... [He] was—as sons can sometimes be — more of a free spirit than his father. Less the serious student and businessman and more one of America’s first connoisseurs of life, culture, and politics. ... He acquired a substantial library, a significant art collection, and an impressive array of scientific materials. ... In 1794 it was $1,000 and 1,000 acres of land from this generous diplomat, agriculturalist, and art collector, that started us off on our noble mission.

“Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn was born in 1761, and ... married her first cousin, James Bowdoin III on May 18, 1781. They did not have any children. In 1805 James and Sarah were sent to Spain on a diplomatic mission...and traveled to London and Paris from1806 and 1808. James Bowdoin III died in 1811 and Sarah then married General Henry Dearborn in 1813, a courtship which attracted the attention of many, including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as indicated in a rather risque letter from Adams to Jefferson chronicling the relationship. ... Her obituary, in 1826 in the Boston Centinel, described Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn as ‘Born and educated, and living in affluence, she felt for the needy as she had at some time in her life been one of their number; she has clothed, fed and comforted the poor and the sick in both hemispheres.’”

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