The Otsego Herald for Aug. 30, 1819, compiled, with comments:

To Commander Jesse Elliott

A GOLD MEDAL was on Wednesday morning presented by Col. Thomas Sergeant, aid to the Governor, at the mansion house, Philadelphia, to captain Elliott, of the United States Navy, as a testimonial of the high sense, which the commonwealth of Pennsylvania entertains for his gallantry in the glorious action with the British squadron on lake Erie, on the 10th of Sept. 1813.

The medal for commodore Perry has been ready some time; but his absence on public service delays its presentation.

COMMENT: James Fenimore Cooper’s refusal in his History of the Navy to take sides in the controversy (pursued largely by Oliver Perry’s descendants) as to whether Perry or Elliott was the real “hero” of the Battle of Lake Erie, led to his support by Elliott and the anger of the Perry family.

Daring villainy

New Haven, Aug. 10.

On the 4th August, between nine and ten o’clock in the morning, a man made his appearance a little south of Mr. Edmund Bradley’s barn, in East Haven, and was soon discovered by some boys near by, to be very busily employed in collecting faggots.

As they were not far distant, he was noticed to eye them very sharply, but still continued his employment with increased industry.

A few minutes from this time, a servant girl from the house happening to look that way, discovered a bright flash of fire. and calling to her mistress, who was the only person in the house, both sallied forth to rally the neighbors.

The time was unfortunate, for most of the men were at work on their farms, and the leaves and stubble were so thick and dry between the fire and the barn, and the wind blowing strongly towards the building, that few had arrived at the place, when the hope of saving the property was almost relinquished. At this moment, however, the wind providentially changed, which inspired new courage, and the fire was subdued.

In the mean time, the villain entered the house, forced a strong lock from a chest, and taking therefrom a trunk and two pocket-books, containing about 6000 dollars in notes and cash, made off.

Mrs. Bradley was returning to the well for a pail of water, just as he sallied from the door, but supposing him after something to aid in subduing the fire, she merely asked him what he wished, but making no answer, he soon disappeared, through the shrubbery and trees in the garden.

At some distance, in the direction for New-London, he was met by another person, who enquired what made him run so, but supposing him a messenger with the news of the fire, he was suffered to pass on. Nothing more has been seen of him, and Mr. Bradley did not discover the robbery till the second day after it was committed.

Some suspicions rest upon a man living at some distance, and a reward of 150 dollars is offered for the apprehension of the villain, and the return of the property —100 dollars for the villain.

COMMENT: I have rarely seen a more detailed account of a crime—especially one in which the criminal was not discovered. Edmund Bradley (1759-1828) and his wife Lydia (Chidsey) Bradley (1761-1834) lived in East Haven, and are buried in its Old Cemetery.

Low prices

To Emigrants and the Laboring Poor

We have seen a gentleman just arrived from Geneva, in this state, who informs us, that the best of wheat was selling at half a dollar a bushel, butter one shilling a pound, ducks, three shillings a pair, and every product of the earth proportionately cheap. Labor may be had in that country, and this cheap living no doubt, will induce many to bend their course that way. — N.Y. Gazette

Low wages

We have it from unquestionable authority, that men are now working on our turnpike roads for 12 1/2 cents per day. — Mowers have this season been hired for less than half the wages they have had for the last seven years. It is certain that the general situation of trade, demands a regulation of wages. — Democratic Press

COMMENT: Both these items reflect the depression into which America had sunk after the end of the Napoleonic wars between England and France.


Quantities of hay are brought to this city (New York) from Albany, and two or three sloops are now unloading at Brooklyn. — Some of it has been carried to Hempstead, Long Island, a distance of 90 miles from the city. The severity of the drought has destroyed the crops of grass in this vicinity. The hay from Albany sells at 68 cents per hundred. — The New York Columbian, August 19.

COMMENT: And the drought does not help the recession either.

Rescue at Sea

New Haven, Aug. 10

As Capt. Beecher was returning from New-York last week, a child of Mr. Hoyle ... fell overboard. ... In this distressing moment .. .the helmsman, Joseph Stevens ... committed himself to the waves. ... He seized the child ... and held him above water. ... Capt. Beecher ... manned his boat. ... Just as he reached them poor Joe’s strength was exhausted and he sunk.

Capt. Beecher ... seized the child with one hand, plunged the other ... up to the armpit ... and raised the other. But both ... were apparently dead.

After rolling them in salt ... and applying restoratives ... they both revived, and we are happy to state, are doing well.

COMMENT: Not sure about “rolling in salt,” but it seems to have worked. Mr. Hoyle, the father, was from Nottingham, England.

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