Ao. 1806 )
Essequebo and Demerary
( No. 162.
Saturday, the 1st of February.
Alzoo de Heeren William Ross, Thomas
Frankland, en Mejuffrow de Weduwe Blackhurst, van voorneemens zyn binnen den
tyd van veertien daagen van hier te vertrekken, zoo wordt mits deezen aan elk
en een iegelyk geadverteerd ten einde die geenen welke iets van hun te
pretendeeren hebben, of te verschuldigd zyn, hunne pretensien te koomen
opegeevene hunne schulden voldoen ter hunner Domicilium. Actum ter Secretary
van Demerary den 1 Feb 1806.
F. Horn, gezw. Clercq.
BEKENDMAAKINGEN van 't EXPLOITEURS
EDICTAALE CITATIE. [heading]
Uit kragt van zeekere appointement van
den Edelen Achtbaren Hove van Crimineele en Civiele Justitie der Rivier
Demerary en onderhoorige Districten; van dien de dato 20 December l.l. verleend
op de requeste van Lachlan Cuming, als in huwelyk hebbende Vrouwe Margaretha
Clara Heyliger en Mr. Victor Amadeus Heyliger ersgenaamen, onder beefisie van
inventaris van wylen Mr. Joh. Heyliger J. Filius.
Zoo worden door my ondergeschrevene
Exploiteur van Welgemelde Hove by deeze GEDAGVAARD.
All bekende en onbekende Crediteuren van
de nboedel van wylen Mr. Joh. Heyliger J. Filius in deszelfs leven oud
Gouverneur van de Colonie Berbice, omme te compareren of te gemagtigden te
zenden voor den Edelen Achtbaaren Hove van Justitie, Sessie houdende op de
hoofdplaats Stabroek, in Rio Demerary, in de Maand January 1808 [sic], om
aldaar kunne pretensien met de verificatien van dezelven in te leveren, subpoene
dat tegens de non comparanten by defaulten naar styl locaal zal worden
geprocedeerd, om tegens dezelven te obtineeren het eeuwig silentium, en verder
te procedeeren als naar rechten.
Rio Demerary, dezen 28 January 1806.
H. C. Evertz,
NOTICE. The Subscriber being desirous
to leave this Colony as soon as possible, in order to restore his health, which
has been extremely impaired from time to time, earnestly requests all those
with whom he has any concerns (especially in relation to the sale by Execution,
or otherwise, of the Plantation Vauxhall and Westminster) to come forward
without further delay with their assistance, ultimately to enable him to
promote his most indispensible departure.
Demerary, Feb. 1, 1806. Henry
The Undersigned being necessitated, on
account of ill health, to leave this Colony in the course of two months,
requests all persons who have any demands against him, as well as those who are
indebted to him, to call at his Dwelling House, No. 132 Cumingsburg, and
receive or discharge the same before the expiration of that period.
Demerary, Feb. 1, 1806. Thomas Rees.
Alle die geene welke iets te pretendere
hebbe of te verschuldigd zyn aan den boedel wyle: J. van Ockenborg, werde
verzoent des noods voor de laaste maal gewaarschoud hunne deugdelyke pretentien
in te geve, en hunne schulde te betaale, binnen een maand na dato, alzoo er
volstrekt geen pretentie laste gemelde boedel meer zulle aangenoeme werde na
expiratie van gemelde maand om door, dien weg een behoorlyke staat van gemelde
boedel te kunne formeeren, alzoo de Ondergetekendes niet voorneemens zyn
gemelde boedel jaare lang onafgedaan te doen blyven
Rio Demerary, den 1 February 1806. T.
Levi Eliaser, Executeure Testamentair.
The Undersigned hereby informs all those
whom it may concern, that his Domicilium Citandi et Executandi is at the House
of G. Egeling, Esq. Side-Dam, Stabroek.
Demerary, February 1, 1806. J. L.
In answer to John M. Henery's
advertisement in the Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette, dated the 24th
instant, I have to observe to the Public in general, as well as my Creditors
(as a proof of John M. Henery's false assertion, and that black principle of
ingratitude), that the object which caused the defalcation of my property was
giving him such loans of money from time to time, besides nine hogsheads of
sugar, to pay off an Execution against him for Negroes; and not to trouble the
Public with a detail of my benevolent heart towards the said J. M. Henery, I can
only assert with truth, that the balance due to me on account, sworn to before
the Vice President, M. Lamaison, Esq. April the 10th, 1804, exclusive of
interest, is f 6752.8.7 which is justly and truly due to me, and shall leave
the settlement of the business to James Bruce, Esq. q.q. P. Nesbitt & Co.
as I do not wish to see such an ungrateful man.
Demerary, February 1, 1806. N. Hart.
Wanted to purchase 50,000 or 60,000 lbs.
of Coffee, and 100 Bales of Cotton, for which Bills on London will be given by
Stabroek, Feb. 1, 1806. John Madden
The Undersigned offers for sale a
handsome Diana Table-Clock, in excellent condition; also a very large
Water-stander, a Glass Book-case, Chairs, Tables, &c.
Stabroek, February 1, 1806. N.
The Undersigned hereby informs the
Public, that his Domicilium Citandi en Executandi will be held at the House of
Mr. J. Thibou Matthews, LL.D. Hoofdplaats, Stabroek, Demerary, February 1,
1806. H. Fasy.
All those who have any claims upon, or
are indebted to the estate of the late J. Ho[umlaut]rner, are desired to settle
the same with the undersigned Executor within three months from the date
hereof, in order that he may be enabled finally to close the accounts.
Stabroek, February 1, 1806. H. H.
NOTICE. All Persons having claims
against the Estate of William Leeds, deceased, are requested to furnish their
accounts, legally authenticated, for settlement; and all those indebted, to
make immediate payment to
T. T. Thomson Administrators.
Stabroek, Feb. 1, 1806.
Alle die geene welke iets te
pretendeeren hebben, of te schuldig zyn aan den boedel van wylen F. Krain,
gelieven daar van opgaave te geeven, en betaalinge te doen, aan den
ondergetekende, op plantagie Nouvelle Flandre.
Demerary, den 31, Jan. 1806. C. De
Commissarisen der Societeit eendrgat
maaken by deezen aan de respectieve leeden der ze[illegible]e bekend, Dat de
Societeit met den 8 February 1806 zal worden verplaast in het huis geleegen aan
de publique weg, en dwarspad van Werk en Rust, bekend onder de Concessie No. 6,
alwaar den 13 Feb. aanstaande ballotage zal geschieden over de geproponeerde
Demerary, den 30 January, 1806. T.
Wanted a complete Manager on a Sugar
Plantation in this River; any person having been in that capacity for some time
in this Colony, and producing a recommendation as to character, will receive a
considerable salary, and meet with encouragement according to merit. Whoever
may be inclined to accept of the above offer, will be pleased to address
himself to the Printer of this paper.
Demerary, February 1, 1806.
PUBLIC VENDUE. [heading]
On Monday, the 24th instant, will be
exposed for sale, to the highest bidders, by order of C. M. Overweg, Esq. q.q.
at the house of Mrs. Iskenius, Werk & Rust, near to the second Canal Bridge
- a negro woman named Henrietta, being a complete huckster; her mulatto son
named William, being a taylor; and also her mulatto daughter, a capable house
servant, all belonging to the estate of P. Iskenius, Esq. deceased: further -
household furniture, gold watches, gold and silver ware, two piano fortes, two
sea compasses and a quadrant, printed English Marseillas for waistcoats, a few
pieces of cotton bagging, whip and cross-cut saws; cows, heifers, and bulls; a
chaise and harness; a fast sailing schooner, built of best Colony wood, with
sails, anchors, cables, and all further necessaries, in complete order; - to be
seen two days before that time on Plantation Vive la Force, or Plantation
Wonderlyk, formerly called Cragg The half Concession, situated on the Middle
Dam, Stabroek, North side known by No. 79; also the house and Land situated on
Werk & Rust, known by No. 51, at present occupied by Mrs. Iskenius,
consisting of a Dwelling House, built of best Colony wood, on a brick
foundation of 8 or 9 feet high, serving for a store - a brick cistern, two side
buildings of Colony wood on brick pillars, and a brick kitchen, chimney and
oven, &c. &c.
The Undersigned being admitted a Counsellor
at Law for the Court of Justice of Demerary, may be spoken with everyday (
except Sundays ) at the house of Messrs. Pasquier & Otto, Brick dam, where
he regularly attends for that purpose.
Stabroek, Feb. 1, 1806. C. W. Ellents
Though we are thus [from newspapers
received from Europe/lack of interesting items] precluded from giving any
political intelligence of consequence, in our subsequent columns will be found
an Address of His Excellency Governor van Imbyze van Batenburg to the Court of
Police and Criminal Justice of Berbice, of much domestic import. Without
presuming to offer an opinion on the subject matter of this official paper, we
recommend it to the attention of the inhabitants of these colonies, as a
spirited production, well worthy of their perusal.
The Court of Rolls and Court of
Commissaries, of Essequebo and Demerary, meet on Monday next.
PUBLIC VENDUES, in Stabroek and its
On Tuesday, the 4th of Feb. on
Plantation Nismes, on the West Bank of the River, Milch Cows, Oxen, and Calves,
Chaise and Saddle Horses, Two Chaises, a Four oared Boat, excellent Household
Furniture, a Chamber Organ with Fiver Barrels; best English Ware, Silver Plate,
Damask, Table Cloths, Napkins, &c; on the same day will be sold a Quarter
of Lot no. 20, situated on the Side Dam, Stabroek.
On Wednesday, the 5th of Feb. at Mr.
Rich. Forshaw's, La Bourgade, the Cargo of the ship Queen, lately arrived,
containing 75 tierces best bottled London porter, in casks of six and twelve dozen
each, 75 ditto slender beer in ditto, 30 tierces salt, 30 puncheons oats, 30
iron bound kegs of tempered lime, &c. &c.
On Monday, the 10th of Feb. at the House
of John Newton, Esq. Mahaica, 40 seasoned Boat and Carpenter Negroes, at Six
Months credit payable in approved Bills of Exchange, or Cash.
On Monday, the 17th of Feb. at the
Vendue Office, Eighteen acclimated Negro men and women, some of the latter good
washers. Also a gold watch and chain, and sundry other Articles.
On Tuesday the 18th Feb. at the house of
E. C. Eli, Esq. Household Furniture, Plate, Cotton Hammocks, Wearing Apparel, a
four-oared Boat, Goats, Five Negroes (Sawyers), Two Negro Women, and a Child.
Also, the Half Concession and Buildings, No. 26, North Dam, Stabroek, at
present occupied by John Huiberts, Esq. Solicitor, to be paid for in Cash at
three, six, and nine months. Also, a few seasoned Negroes, a Cook,
Washerwoman, House boy, and Grasscutter, an excellent riding horse, a draft
ditto, Creole Sheep, Goats, &c. Also, the Concession and Buildings, No.
239, in Cumingsburg, lately occupied by I. H. Clementson, Esq.
On Monday, the 24th Feb. - See Mr.
On Tuesday, the 25th Feb. at the Vendue
Office, by the Fiscal's order, Two Negroes; also Dry Goods, &c. &c.
Made to the Court of Policy and Criminal
Justice in Berbice, by His Excellency Governor van Imbyze van Batenburg, Jan.
8, 1806. [heading]
- "No! 'tis Slander, [quote]
Whose edge is sharper than the sword;
Out-venoms all the worms of Nile; whose
Rides on the posting winds, and doest
All corners of the world: Kings, Queens,
Maids, Matrons, nay, the Secrets of the
This viperous Slander enters."
By the last October packets I received
from the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Castlereagh, one of his Majesty's principal
Secretaries of State for the Colonial Department, the copy of a Memorial,
presented to the King by George Baillie and Lambert Blair, in the name of the
Planters and other Inhabitants of Berbice. In this Libel I am charged with
having committed oppressions and abuses of authority, which have made me odious
to all his Majesty's subjects in the Colony, and rendered me unworthy of being
continued in my present important office; the Memorialists begging, for that
reason, that it may please his Majesty to recall me, and to let them enjoy such
relief as to his Majesty may seem meet.
I will not weary your attention, by
communicating to you the Memorial at full length. It is a frivolous production
of thirty two pages, filled up with Jeremiahdes of pretended wrongs and
grievances, of which, however, not one is proved. It seems purposely extended
to that length, in order that it may have the appearance of containing
numberless complaints and heavy accusations, although in reality they are only
First. That I have issued Proclamations
of great importance to the inhabitants, and affecting their interest, without
the concurrence of this Court. (Among them, those that relate to the
collection of the Acre Money, and another, invalidating all acts of Sovereignty
exerted by the Batavian Government before the actual return of the Colony to
that Nation, appear particularly to have offended the Memorialists.
That by dismissing a Member of the Court
I have caused the resignation of three other old Members. That the consequence
of this act is that nothing could be more alarming to the inhabitants of the
Colony than to see the Board constituted in such a way as to diminish the
respect and confidence with which that Body ought to be beheld, and to cause it
to be supposed that the Members are to hold or forfeit their Seats, according
as they may be acceptable, or otherwise, to the Governor for the time being
The Second Charge is that I have never
given an account of the revenue and expenditure of the Colony to the Court
which (as the Memorialists pretend) I was in duty bound to do; and therefore
they suspect that mismanagement and peculation takes place. That those
accounts have never been exhibited for the purpose of being audited to the
representatives of the Colony, who (as is again pretended) were entitled to
examine them; but from the exercise of which right I have precluded them, by my
The Third Charge is that I have
withdrawn the Colony Artificers and Negro's from the public service for which
they were alotted and at the same time have suffered the fortifications and
other public works to remain in a neglected state, and thereby endangered the
safety of the Colony, whilst I employed the said Negroes for my own convenience
The Fourth and Last Charge is, that the
Secretary and Government Secretary in their respective offices, have under my
sanction and partly for my own emoulument, demanded and taken exorbitant fees,
amounting to double and in some cases treble the former legal amount.
These accusations, Gentlemen, are the
essential part of the Memorial which, however, has been spun out to its
tiresome length by the use of a number of aspersions and arguments, entirely
void of proofs, truth, and foundation, but inflated with high words of
Violation of Capitulation, Charters, Laws, Regulations, Legal Authority,
Constitutional Privileges, &c. which expressions are intentionally used by
the Memorialists, as they well know that transactions like those never fail to
raise, in the breast of every Englishman, the highest indignation against any
person, particularly one in an official situation, who should be guilty of
them, and that, by these means, the general hatred would be excited towards
him; whilst, at the same time they also know very well, that there are perhaps,
not three men in the Colony who are thoroughly acquainted with the
Constitution, the nature of the right and privileges it bestows, the authority
of the Governor, and that of the Court; and that it is thus very easy to make
the generality of the people believe, that I have acted unconstitutionally. I
am extremely happy, however, that the impartial disposition and just sentiments
of the Noble lord who has sent me the copy of the Memorial, gives me an
opportunity of clearing my character, by supplying his Lordship with all the
explanations which are wanted on the subject, and of proving that this wanton
and impotent attempt to injure it, can only serve to make apparent the
malevolent disposition of the Memorialists, who wish to exert their malignity
and private pique under the cloak of the representatives of a respectable
community, whilst in fact, and as it is known to you, Gentlemen, as well as to
the whole Colony, the zeal of Mr. L. Blair for the good of the inhabitants has
never yet been proved on any occasion, but the contrary often complained of:
and that the steps which he has taken, in endeavouring to impress his Majesty,
our gracious Sovereign, with unfavourable notions of me, proceed alone from a
cowardly wish to avenge himself of the spirited objections, which I have made
against transactions, by which I consider that his Majesty's dignity and the
general interest of the Colony has been injured, and of the contempt in which I
hold his person and character, whereof I have made no secret to him or to the
public, in a correspondence in which I used the language of a Gentleman of
honour and principles, whilst his displayed that of an enraged individual of
the lowest extraction. You all know him, Gentlemen. There are among us those
who have experienced the sordidness of his interested disposition, and nobody
will deny, that when this man is actuated by motives of interest, the meanness
of his character is fully displayed, whilst his pompous pride is likewise
conspicuous when he exhibits his ridiculous vanity. Both have been wounded and
hurt by me - He has avenged himself in a manner congenial to his feelings.
With respect to Mr. Baillie, I confess
myself to be perfectly ignorant of the cause of his wrath. Whilst I was in
London, I had very little connection with that man: his ridiculous pride and
pretensions made me not very desirous of seeing him often. The only reason
that I can give for his joining Mr. Blair in this diatribe, is his natural
propensity to slander and calumny; of which the clearest proof was brought
before the public, in a late prosecution entered against him in London for the
publication of a Libel, wherein he is called, by the Solicitor General, "a
malignant malevolent, Black-blooded Libeller!" I imagined that the severe
lesson he received on that occasion, would have cured him of a relapse. I
observe now, however, that he is incurable.
No one of you, Gentlemen, is ignorant of
the manner in which the signatures of almost all the Subscribers to the
appointment of Agents for the Colony have been obtained. They were made to
believe, that it was for the best of purposes, and with an intention that this
Colony, like all other British Settlements, should have Agents at home, but
none (except perhaps a few) had ever an idea, that the first step which the
Agents were to take, was to present a Libel against me, in which his Majesty
would be prayed to commit the injustice of removing me from my Government, only
for having adhered strictly to my constitutional duty and authority, and
executed his commands. In what manner the Memorialists can justify their
conduct to their constituents, when these bring them to an account, for having
so grossly abused the confidence which was placed in them, is to be seen at a
future period. I acknowledge, that when I was informed of the appointment of
Messrs. Baillie and Blair to the Agentship, it excited the greatest surprise in
me. The manner in which the former has lately appeared in the papers, which
have recorded his various deplorable misfortunes and difficulties, experienced
at masquerades, Court of Chancery, and Law, made him in my opinion, perfectly
unfit for the situation of a representative of a respectable community. With
respect to Mr. Blair, I never knew him enjoy esteem, confidence, or affection
enough from the inhabitants, to expect that he would have been nominated to
that situation of trust. I was told, however, that many stepped over that
consideration, on account of Mr. van Harthals, a gentleman of the highest
character and principles, being joined in the appointment. That Gentleman had
too much honour, refined sentiments, and delicacy; to act with these agents;
and for that reason, without any hesitation, declined the appointment. This is
the reason that neither his name nor character is degraded by his signature
being found with the two others at the foot of the memorial; and I assure you,
that, from the high regard I have for Mr. van Harthals, I should have been
excessively hurt in my feelings, if he had joined the two other libellers. His
conduct on this occasion, as in all others, answers perfectly the opinion which
is entertained of him by every person who is acquainted with that respectable
But, Gentlemen, I observe that, led away
by my feelings, I enlarge too much upon a subject, for the discussion of which
this Court is not the proper place; and that I abuse your goodness, by tiring
your attention. I shall therefore beg leave to apologise for my indiscretion,
and enter immediately upon the reasons which have induced me to bring it before
The Noble Lord, who has sent me the copy
of the Memorial in question, wishes that a full explanation should be given to
him of several articles contained in it. This explanation I have it in my
power to give in the most satisfactory manner; but I shall not be contented
with only exposing facts, I mean likewise to prove them; and, to do this in the
most undeniable manner, I wish that these proofs may be procured officially,
and authenticated in the most solemn way. In order to perform this properly, I
have to request from the Court that it will appoint a Committee of some of its
members, assisted by the Secretary, in order to examine the Journals of this
Court, for the purpose of investigating-
Whether, ever since the first
Establishment of the Colony to this date, an account of the Revenue and
Expenditure has been given to this Court, except during the period that the
collection of the double taxes was in force, when the amount of these taxes
during the last year was laid before the Court in its first Session in January,
for the purpose of ascertaining whether they had or had not exceeded f 75,000;
and in the first case to take a proportion of the extraordinary taxes,
agreeably to the authorisation, which it had received to that effect, from the
Board of Directors at home?
Whether this return of the amount of the
taxes was ever made in any other manner, than by simply mentioning severally
the sums which every tax had rendered, and to what the whole together had
Whether, at any period except in the
sitting of the Court in April 1804, an account of the expenditure has been
rendered to the Court?
Whether this Court has at any time
during that period assumed the authority of having the disposal of the monies
in the public colonial treasury or made any representation to that effect to
Whether it has not happened, that on the
first application which was made by the British Officers of the Garrison in
Berbice for a colonial allowance the Court declared that it had no right to
dispose over the treasury and for that reason could not from itself grant the
request of these Gentlemen; but requested the Governor that in case the said
treasury could afford the allowance, he would take upon himself to do it?
To call the Receiver General before the
Committee, and desire him to make the following Declarations upon his Oath
1st Why he had given an account of the
taxes and expenditure to the Court in the sitting of April 1804, although he
has never done it before?
2d Whether at that period the treasury
was not is so deplorable a state, that he found himself in duty bound to
represent its miserable situation in a memorial to the court in which he
stated, that he was not able to answer the demands that were against the
treasury, nor to pay the arrears of salaries due to the people in employ of
Government [sic]; and that notwithstanding his pressing application to procure
a relief to the treasury he obtained no other answer from the Court, than that
it would delay the deliberations upon his memorial until a future period?
3d. Whether on my taking over the
Government in June 1804, he did not report to me the poor state of the
treasury, and that he had applied for relief to the Court? Whether I did not
observe to him, that this relief could be procured by collecting the monies due
to the Treasury from colonial taxes and revenues, and without imposing the
burden of additional taxes on the inhabitants, which, besides, I considered his
Majesty alone had a constitutional right to do: and whether I did not order him
to collect the above debts, without any delay, or loss of time?
4th Whether it be not for him the most
disagreeable and troublesome business to collect the monies due to the treasury
for colonial taxes and revenues; and whether a number of the inhabitants are
not often so irregular in their payments, that many months elapse after the day
fixed for payment, before they come forward with them?
5th Whether Messrs. Lambert Blair,
Robert Douglas, William Munro, George Munro, John M Cammon, and many more of
the inhabitants have not often been very deficient in their payments, and
requested the Receiver to indulge them with some time longer credit?
6th Whether I have not often disapproved
of his lenity in this business and severely reprimanded him when, through his
goodness, the demands against the treasury could not be regularly paid.?
7th Whether it be not really the case,
that in some instances it has happened that he could not pay immediately these
demands, solely on account of the monies due for colonial taxes and revenues
not having entered regularly at the prefixed times?
8th Whether he should not have been
fully able to pay all the orders I have given upon the treasury since my return
to my Government, if the monies due to the treasury had been regularly paid to
it and the same with the salary of the people in the employ of Government?
9th Whether the expenditure of the colonial
treasury has not been less since my return to the colony than during the same
period before my resuming the Government?
10th Whether he has ever heard, that the
orders which I have given on the treasury, since my return to the colony, would
not be accepted, but have fallen into discredit?
11th Whether I have ever drawn on the
treasury, for my own emolument, more than was due to me for my salary?
12th Whether any other monies of the
treasury, than those that were due for my salary, ever passed through his
I also request that some of the most
respectable Merchants in the Colony may be called before the Committee, in
order to have them declare upon their Oath.
1st Whether, since my return to the
Colony, they ever felt the least reluctance in selling to Government, when they
knew that they were going to receive orders upon the Treasury in payment?
2d. Whether they, or any of them, ever
made any difficulty to receive these orders, or considered them as bad and
3d. Whether they do not generally prefer
selling to the Colonial Government, than to other purchasers, because they are
sure of the regularity of their payments?
I also request that the Colonial
Commissary may be called before the Committee and desired to answer upon Oath
to the following questions:
1st. Whether all the accounts of
purchases for provisions, and all other necessaries, are not presented to him
at his office?
2d. Whether, before these accounts are
rendered, it is not duly certified by him, or the Magazine Master, that the
articles mentioned in them were bought for account, and received for the use of
3d Whether the emoluments that are
received for me at his office, exceed those that Lieutenant Governor Nicholson,
or myself, had, before [illegible] resumed the Government in June, 1804.
4th. To what my emoluments have amount
for the last 12 months?
I also request that the Government
Secretary be desired to appear before the Committee, to answer upon Oath to the
1st. Whether he has demanded or taken
exorbitant fees, amounting to double, and in some cases to treble, the legal
amount taken by the Government Secretary under Lieutenant Governor Nicholson?
2d. In case he had done so, whether it
was under my sanction?
3d. Whether I receive any benefit or
emolument from the Government Secretary, or whether the whole is entirely left
And as it is likewise proven, that, in
the issuing of publications without the concurrence of the Court, I have acted
constitutionally, and conformably, not only to old but even to fresh
precedents, I request that the Committee may be desired to examine the books in
which the publications are recorded in order to ascertain:
Whether the Provisional governors of
this colony have not, during the period that they were acting from the 3d of
December, 1802, when the Batavian flag was hoisted, until the British was
hoisted again, issue several Proclamations of the highest importance, without
the concurrence of the Court, and without the subject having been before
submitted for its consideration; and whether on the [?]the of April 1804 a
Proclamation was not issued, without the concurrence of the Court by the Fiscal
Eggers, who, in the absence of Lieutenant Governor Nicholson, acted as
Governor, containing municipal laws and regulations relative to the
P[illegible] of the Country; and which publication is of the highest
importance, as it tends to encroach upon the liberty which free and coloured
people always enjoyed in the colony before the Proclamation was published?
And I request also that the Committee
may be desired to lay the result of their operations before the Court, which
shall be assembled as soon as the report is ready, and that an authentic copy
of the report be given to me.
These investigations are absolutely
necessary for the Explanation which are required by the Minister: and, as I am
very anxious to [illegible] them before his Lordship as soon as possible, I
earnestly request that no time may be lost in appointing the Committee, that it
may [illegible] upon this business. I shall, in the mean time, employ all the
leisure which the important daily occupations of my situation allow me
[illegible] making a defence, by which I shall incontrovertibly prove the
[illegible]volity, falsehood, malignity, and infamy of the charges and obtain
victory over the two Slanderers, which will blast their characters [illegible]
ever, and establish their impotent villainy; whilst the purity of [illegible]
principles being proved, will make the blush of shame appear upon them, if the
blackness of their hearts do not prevent the crimson [illegible] from rising up
to their brazen faces.
I am very sorry, Gentlemen, for the
trouble and loss of time which these investigations will cause the Committee,
and would certainly have abstained from intruding upon it at all, if these vile
calumnators had, like some of their auxiliaries, limited the effusions of their
rage to vomiting their venom in hand bills, supplements to gazettes, &c.
&c. which must ultimately have no other effect upon the public than to make
their own contemptible characters appear in the real light; and upon which I
look with too much contempt, to record it in the manner I certainly would do,
if I thought the authors w[illegible] my notice, attention, and revenge.
But, Gentlemen, the Memorial is of
another nature: it is an accusation brought against me before our gracious
Sovereign, and [illegible] duty and character demands that I should justify
myself of the Charges.
VESSELS ENTERED AND CLEARED SINCE OUR
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Jan. 25. Schooner Experiment, H. C.
Darrell from Barbados with Passengers.
Jan. 27. Schooner Ranger, I. Hewes from
Boston, with Beef, Tongue, Pork, [illegible]tings, Smoked Oldwives, Cheese,
Flour, Soap, Lard, Butter, Tobacco, Bread, Crackers, Sausages, Hams, Lumber,
Jan. 27. Schooner Hannah Martha, Th.
Clouchman, Boston, Fish, Onions, Tobacco.
Jan. 27. Schooner Hebe, Richard
Stickland [second letter of surname somewhat illegible], from Barbados, with
Paint and Paint Oil, Paint Brushes, Drugs, Ironmongery, Wine, Cocoa, Fish,
Tripe, Tobacco, Cheese, Potatoes, Porter, and Dry Goods.
Jan. 28. Schooner Tryal, I. Harding,
from Boston with Salmon, Oldwives, Mackerel, Beef, Pork, Rounds of Beef,
Tongues, Rice, Flour, Butter, Candles, [illegible] Oil, Tallow, Tobacco, Iron
and Wood Hoops, Lumber, &c.
Jan. 30. Ship Resolution, G. M'Clean,
Island Mayo with Oxen, Salt, and Hogs.
Jan. 31. Ship General Hunter, H.
M'Phail, Greenock, with Dry Goods, Gigs, Lead, Grapnels, Tiles, Bricks, &c.
Jan. 31. Brig Andalusia, C. London,
London, with Government Stores, &c.
Jan. 28. Schooner Antelope, J. Rogers,
for New Haven.
Jan. 29. Ship Bodman, T. Wood, for St.
Jan. 30. Schooner Polly, A. Denison,
for New London.
Jan. 30. Ship Four Sisters, S.
Greenland, for Boston.
Jan. 30. Schooner Phoebe, J. M'Gowty,
for New London.
Jan. 30. Ship George, S. Greenough, for
Feb. 1. Schooner Hebe, R. Stickland,
N. Volkerts, Printer, No. 20, Brick Dam,