MacDougall

The Otsego Herald for Nov. 29, 1819, compiled, with comments:

 Results of the fire

Since the late fire in Schenectady, one of the proprietors of this paper has visited that city, and inspected the ruins —They present a most melancholy and awful scene of ruin and desolation; and the personal distress of many of the sufferers is great beyond description. ...

Widows and orphan children, and many others, who were in the possession of respectable property, and the enjoyment of most of the comforts and conveniences of life, are reduced to wretchedness, to penury and want; and their forlorn situation at the present season, makes an irresistible appeal to the sympathy, the benevolence, and the charity of their fellow citizens.

It is an appeal made to one of the noblest faculties of the human mind — and cannot, and will not be made in vain. This city has often drank deep of the cup of affliction which their fellow citizens of Schenectady are now called to partake of, and they know well how to commiserate their situation, and to minister to their necessities. — Albany Gazette.

Married

In this village on Monday last, by the Rev. Mr. Smith, Mr. JOHN DAVIDSON of Hartwick, to Mrs. MATILDA SPALDING. of this town.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, a comment on this marriage states: “Within a few months Matilda Spalding Davison left her unhappy second marriage (to John Davison of Cooperstown, in Otsego county) and was safely lodged in Monson, Hampden county, Massachusetts, within the comfortable home of her adopted daughter’s new husband.”

In Laurens by Oliver Myers, Esq. on the 31st October, Mr JOB STRAIGHT, aged 22, to Miss ABIGAIL BROWNELL, aged 16.

COMMENT: Job Straight (1798-1870) married (1) Abigail Brownell (1804-1862) and (2) in 1864, Mrs. Nancy Woolhouse.

At Rensselaerville, on the evening of the 18th November, by the Rev. Mr. Bronson, MOSES PATTEN, Esq. (1792-1867) to Miss EMMA COLVARD (1800-1874), daughter of Mr. Philo Colvard.

Obituary

DIED — In this town, on the 24th November, Capt. EDWARD THURSTON, in the 80th year of his age, in full belief that he should land on the shores of everlasting happiness, prepared from the foundation. — He has left a numerous offspring.

COMMENT: Capt. Edward Thurston (born Rhode Island, 1740, died Springfield, New York, Nov. 24, 1819), was married in 1764 to Thankful Maine (1780-died Springfield, Sept. 14, 1819).

Lapland sermons

The church was crowded, and even the gallery full, many of the wild nomade Laplanders being present in their strange dresses. The sermon was extemporaneous harrangue, but delivered in tone so elevated, that the worthy pastor seemed to labour as if he would burst a blood vessel.

He continued exerting his lungs in this manner for one hour and twenty minutes, as if his audience had been stationed at the top of a distant mountain. Afterwards, he was so hoarse, he could hardly articulate another syllable. ... (Clarke’s Travels, Sect. III, Part 1. just published)

COMMENT: I mention this article only to remind readers that Lapps, from northern Scandinavia, formed part of the group of Swedes who established the short-lived colony of New Sweden along the Delaware River from 1638 to 1655. What is important is that they brought with them a building style otherwise unknown in early America: the log cabin, whose logs are connected by notches at the ends. This would soon become a symbol of the American frontier, and even of America. It was unknown, for instance, in early New England.

Suicide

DIED — In Gallipolis, Ohio, Miss Charlotte Le Tallibur, aged 17. This was a case of cool premeditated suicide, occasioned by extreme sensibility, and romantic ideas, created by novel reading.

She imagined herself ridiculed and slighted by a young gentleman who had engaged her affections — she frequently improperly suspected her friends of coolness — and was unhappy because she had no relations. Her parents were from France. She was an orphan — but the heir to a considerable property, and had been well educated.

COMMENT: Though this article was reprinted frequently, in identical terms, both then and later, I can find no other references to Miss Le Tallibur, not even the means by which she killed herself. I’m a bit suspicious of the whole thing.

Louisiana epidemic

By a letter from Wilkinson, about 200 miles N. of New Orleans, we learn that the whole of that country is at present very sickly, among the black as well as the white population. It is said that there is not a sufficient number of persons in health to attend upon the sick. It is added, that the crops of Cotton are remarkably fine, but when or by whom it would be gathered, no one can conjecture.

And in New Orleans

1.200 persons are stated to have been buried at New Orleans in six days. Probably an exaggeration. — Albany Argus.

And in Natchez, Mississippi

At the date of Oct.19, the fever raged in Natchez with unabated mortality.

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