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Otsego Herald

August 23, 2012


From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Aug. 22, 1812

Compiled, with comments


Weather: Utica 1812

Almanack: Clear and pleasant weather.

Pleasant for several days.

One Cent Reward

RUN AWAY from the subscriber, on the 20th inst. an indentured apprentice by the name of Robert Shattock, Jun. about 16 years of age. All persons are hereby forbid harboring or trusting him on my account. Any person returning said boy will receive one cent reward and no charges paid. ELISHA FOOTE. Cooperstown, August 21st, 1812

COMMENT: Elisha Foote (1783-1842). He was, with James Fenimore Cooper and others, a founder of the Otsego County Bible Society in 1813.

Conquest of Canada

The conquest of Canada, whose importance we frequently noticed during the winter, is become a topic of new discussion. The Aurora points out particulars. With the loss of Canada, England must lose her supplies of naval stores, timber, pitch, &c. so necessary to her gigantic navy. She now employs 300 ships annually in taking timber to England, for the repair of her navy. As these inestimable resources would cease with our occupation of the Canadas, so would Britain lose a market for her manufactured goods; the savages would lose an instigator that offers gold for innocent scalps -- and we would be relieved on our borders from a brace of enemies, savage and British, the one excelling in cruelty, the other in perfidy; we should also acquire a considerable addition to our revenue, by duties on imports. Until the northern provinces be ours, then “let Americans never sheathe their swords.” -- Whig [a Republican paper]

COMMENT: Pipe dreams. Pipe dreams.


In many parts of the United States they are drafting the militia -- not for service but to ascertain who is to stay at home, many more than is required offering themselves. -- Register

COMMENT: Enthusiasm for the war was far from universal, many farmers and merchants being anything but eager to be drafted from their homes and farms.

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