Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame

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.

Text Only
Otsego Herald
  • British Spy Executed Plattsburgh, March 26. At length, by redoubled vigilance, in spite of the defects of our own laws, the corruption of some of our citizens, and the arts and cunning of the enemy, one Spy, of the hundreds who roam at large over this frontier, has been detected, convicted, and sentenced to Death.

    April 10, 2014

  • Fasting, humiliation and prayer The Presbytery of Oneida, having met at Whitesborough, on the 3d day of February, 1814, took into consideration the present calamitous state of our country, the war, its disastrous and demoralizing effects, the prevalence of immorality, of irreligion, drunkenness, sabbath-breaking, and vices of various kinds,

    April 3, 2014

  • Recovering after the fire HAVE again commenced business, in the white building south of the Bookstore of H. & E. PHINNEY, where they hope their friends and the public generally will please to call, in order that they may be enabled to forget the loss which they have so recently sustained by fire.

    March 27, 2014

  • A fire in Cooperstown On Thursday morning last, between the hours of 3 and 4 o’clock, our citizens were aroused from their slumbers by the alarming cry of fire, which proved to be in the building occupied by Mr. Joseph Wilkinson as a store and dwelling.

    March 20, 2014

  • British Attack in North The Plattsburgh Republican, of the 26th ult. [February] says, that on the 19th, the enemy from Cornwall and Coteau de Lac, having learned that our troops had left French Mills, on the15th, crossed the St. Lawrence, and visited the French Mills, Malone and Chateaugay, and had “carried off between 150 and 200 barrels of provisions, good and bad, public and private.â€�

    March 13, 2014

  • A futile patriotism SPEECH OF THE HON. MR. HOLMES, in the Senate of Massachusetts, During the Debate on the reported Answer the Governor/s Speech [A Republican State Senator, John Holmes strongly objected to the anti-war attitude taken by the Federalist-controlled State of Massachusetts].

    March 6, 2014

  • Making maple sugar The sap begins to run -- farmers, look out; it is all important that every effort should be made to obtain a national supply, the present year, from our own resources.

    February 27, 2014

  • Back to Sackett's Harbor The camp at French Mills, we understand, has been broken up. Two thousand troops were expected to reach Sackett's Harbor on Friday last. The residue have proceeded to Malone and Plattsburgh, at the former of which places the sick had arrived on the 2d inst. [February]. The boats had been removed by land.

    February 20, 2014

  • 'A Tale of Horror!' "A Tale of Horror!" New-London, Jan. 26. Three weeks since we heard of the following murder...but so great was our reluctance to give publicity to a tale of such enormity... that we have heretofore deferred publishing it. The following letter is from of [a] gentleman of our acquaintance, whose veracity is unquestionable. Other attendant circumstances have come to our knowledge equally monstrous, but sufficient is stated to harrow up the feelings of the human reader.

    February 13, 2014

  • First steam warships New-London, January 3, 1814. We, the undersigned, have this day examined the model and plans of a vessel of war, submitted to us by Robert Fulton, to carry twenty-four guns, twenty-four or 32 pounders, and use red hot shot, to be propelled by steam at the rate of between four to five miles an hour, without the aid of wind or tide.

    February 6, 2014