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February 14, 2013

Rescue from Algerine pirates

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Feb. 13, 1813

Compiled, with comments

by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL

The Epidemic

It appears by the late reports of the Albany Board of Health, that the prevailing epidemic in that city has in some degree subsided. The joint committee of the senate and assembly, appointed to consider on the propriety of a short adjournment of the legislature on account of the prevailing sickness, reported on Thursday last against an adjournment, and their report was accepted. – Utica Gazette.

COMMENT: As reported last week, an epidemic of “spotted fever” swept through the northeast in 1813-14, spreading largely from troop concentrations. The death toll was high, even in Cooperstown.

Smuggler caught

Burlington, Vt., Jan. 21. On Tuesday last, was brought into camp a Mr. Sears of Williston; he was taken on Hog Island, on his way to the enemy, with a load of provisions. We understand that he was arrested by a lieutenant, a sergeant of the U.S. Army, and a citizen who volunteered his service, Sears is a giant in strength and fought until he was overpowered. Those who took him, are severely wounded, and are now confined to their rooms.

COMMENT: It is said that the British Army in Canada, especially those quartered across the borders with New York and Vermont, received most of their provisions from smugglers acting across the U.S./Canada border. Hog Island is on Lake Champlain.

Rescue from Algerine pirates

Extract of a letter from a young gentleman of Philadelphia to his father, dated Cadiz [Spain], October 21, 1812.

Dear Father, I … give you particulars of my escape from our new enemy the Algerines. I sailed from Lisbon, bound to this port; and being three days out…was captured by the Algerine squadron … After taking possession of the brig, they commenced plundering the passengers and treating us in a most brutal manner …

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