Otsego Herald for Aug. 24, 1818, compiled, with comments:
A Really Wonderful Man
Extract from the Journal of a gentleman travelling in the southern section of the United States...
General Jackson is a more extraordinary person than has appeared in our history. Nature has seldom gifted man with a mind so powerful and comprehensive, or with a body better formed for activity, or capable of enduring greater privations, fatigue and hardships.
She has been equally kind to him in the quality of his heart. General Jackson has no ambition but for the good of his country; it occupies the whole of his views, to the exclusion of all selfish or ignoble considerations.
Cradled in the war of the revolution; nurtured amid the conflicts that afterwards took place between the Cherokee Indians and Tennesseans ... (he) has acquired an extraordinary cast of vigor — a belief that anything within the power of man to accomplish, he should never despair of effecting, and a conviction that courage, activity and perseverance can overcome what, to an ordinary man, would appear insuperable obstacles.
In society, he is kind, frank, unaffected and hospitable, endowed with much natural grace and politeness, without the mechanical gentility and artificial, flimsy polish, to be found in fashionable life.
Among the people of the west, his popularity is unbounded — old and young speak of him with rapture, and at his call, 50,000 of the most efficient warriors in this continent, would rise, armed, and ready for any enemy. — The Franklin Gazette
COMMENT: And now, 200 years later, his image still adorns our $20 bills.
Fire in Cherry-Valley
On Thursday the 20th (August) between the hours of 10 and 11, in the forenoon, the dwelling house of Mr. ROBERT DUNLAP, was discovered to be on fire.
The smoke was issuing from every part of the roof, but by the extraordinary exertions of the inhabitants of the village, and the well directed operations of the Engine, the house was saved with the loss of about two thirds of the roof, one of the gable ends, and a part of the clapboards on the back side. The rafters, altho’ much burnt, were not materially injured.
The carpenters of the village, with a promptness highly creditable to them, immediately went to work, and before night put a new roof of shingles upon the house.
The loss of Mr. Dunlap is between four and five hundred dollars. The ladies of Cherry-Valley, for their active exertions, deserve particular praise. The fire originated, as is supposed, from the carelessness of a small black girl. — “Communicated”
COMMENT: Robert Dunlap (1787-1863) was born in Cherry Valley on March 21, 1787, the son of John W. Dunlap (1754-1816) and Elizabeth Hammel (1760-1846). On Sept. 18, 1813 he married, in Cherry Valley, Hannah Butler Burkett (1794-1862), and they had 11 children. They lived in Cherry Valley until after 1836, but he died in Norwich, Chenango County, on April 2, 1863.
R. Dunlap returns the ladies, the inhabitants and strangers, who were present at the fire in Cherry Valley on Thursday, his thanks for their activity, in saving his property — and wishes in a particular manner to express his gratitude to the Fire Company, and to the gentlemen who were so good as to assist in putting a new roof on his house. Cherry Valley, Aug. 21, 1818.
Sunday Schools in New York City
The New-York Sunday School Union Society reports, that the whole number of its schools is 34, conducted by 50 superintendents, and 359 teachers; and the whole number of scholars on the rolls 3500, and of these, 2200 attend regularly.
One boy has committed (to memory) 26 chapters in 24 weeks — another, 300 verses in one week. Many children, becoming deeply thoughtful, have conveyed the feeling to their parents.
One church can number more than 20 teaches who have been added to its communion.
COMMENT: The society was a new one, formed on Feb. 26, 1816. Fifty years later, in 1866, it had 200 schools, 5,000 teachers, and 80,000 scholars. If one included Sunday schools that had separated from the society, the total would have been 10,000 teachers and officers, and 150,000 children.
The 14th of July last was noticed as remarkably smoky, as well in Massachusetts, Maine, Canada, Albany, and the western part of this state, as in this vicinity.
The Sea Serpent
The Serpent will be egregiously deceived if he expects to lay off an Eastern harbor with the same security that the British did during the late war: they may harbour the enemy, or let him escape, for the same reason that they wish to entrap the Snake, — there’s money to be made by it; besides (don’t laugh reader,) three expeditions are cruizing for him, composed of bold, hardy and capable adventurers, with rifles, musket and swivels ! ! ! — Franklin Gazette.
Bibles for Indians
The Catskill Recorders states, that the Gospel of St. Mark has been translated into the Mohawk language, by the late celebrated Indian Chief, BRANDT; and the Gospel of St. John, by Capt. NORTON, of Upper Canada; and the American Bible Society have ordered an edition of 1000 copies of each, to be published and distributed among the six nations (i.e. Iroquois tribes of New York).