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December 12, 2013

American victory over the Creek

(Continued)

At the Battle of Tallushatches, fought on Nov. 4, 1813 in Alabama, Jackson commanded 3,500 Tennessee militia, and sent his friend and trusted aide, General John Coffee (1772-1833) to lead the attack on the Creek Indian village. Willie [pronounced Wiley] Blount (1768-1835) was Governor of Tennessee from 1809-1815. I have not identified the particular “prophet” killed in this battle; the Creek Indians had a number of religious leaders called “prophets,” most of them of mixed Indian/white descent.

Dancing School

Mr. Shepherd, respectfully informs the Gentlemen and Ladies of Cooperstown and Cherry Valley, that not having met with the success in Johnstown which he expected, he has returned and intends to teach one Quarter more in each of the above places.

During this quarter, Mr. S. will introduce several handsome sets of Cotillions, and if any of the Ladies who were taught the last quarter should attend again, he will teach them some Fancy Dances, of which he has a variety, adapted for young ladies.—Mr. S. embraces this opportunity of returning his sincere thanks for the encouragement he has already received, and hopes by strict attention to his business still to merit and receive the liberal patronage of the people of both places.

The School will commence in Cooperstown on Monday the 20th, at Mr. Munn’s, and in Cherry Valley, on Wednesday the 23d inst. at Mr. Wright’s.

Cooperstown, Dec. 11, 1813.

COMMENT: Mr. Shepherd had not had much luck teaching the youth of Cooperstown how to trip the light fantastic when he first tried here in July.

Smuggling

The city of Halifax [Nova Scotia] is said to abound with American smugglers, who having their agents in the States, find opportunities to introduce the effects of their trade among us to great advantage.

During the month of September in the course of one day, 17,000 barrels of flour and provisions arrived at Halifax from the U.S. How disgraceful. ...

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