ESSEQUEBO [Colophon] & DEMERARY
ROYAL [Colophon] GAZETTE.
JANUARY 28, 1812.
Mould Candles and Soap. [heading]
Just landed from the Ship Cervantes, from Glasgow.
On Hand, [centered]
Irish beef, in half-barrels
Pork, in barrels and half-barrels
Cork butter, in whole and half firkins
Tea and sugar
Paints and oil
Shovels and cutlasses
And a complete assortment of first-quality cordage
For Sale By
Jan. 28. Nurse & Troughton.
to hire by the year, Twenty effective Field Negroes, in a healthy situation,
where there is abundance of plantains and good Negro-houses. Any person having
that number to hire, apply to William Roach, Esq. in Stabroek, or to the
Subscribers, on Plantation Three Friends, West Coast, Essequebo.
28. Carbery & Hinkson.
For Sale, [heading]
The following Goods, just imported by the ship Cervantes, from
Prime mess beef, in half barrels
Prime mess pork, in ditto
Irish rose butter, in firkins
Negroe cloathing and hats
Old port wine
London brown-stout, in bottles
Table-beer, in bottles
And from London, [centered]
Gentlemen's coats & coatees
Irish brown sheeting
White and coloured waistcoats
John & Charles Mackintosh
Cumingsburg, Jan. 28.
die geene die iets te pretendeeren hebben of verschuldigd syn aan den Boedel
van wylen F. V. Den Hoff, gelieven hunne pretenties optegeeven, en hunne
schulden te koomen voldoen, binnen den tydt van drie maanden naa dato deezer,
op de Plantagie Tuschen de Vrienden aankoomende F. W. Wiehe, n. ux.; ten eynde
den voormelden Boedel ten spoedigsten tot liquiditeyt te brengen.
A. I. Weduwe Van Den Hoff,
28. Geb. Cramer
Imported by the Subscriber, in the Ship Cervantes, from Glasgow,
and Brig Harmony, from London, both just arrived, the following Goods, which he
will disposed of on moderate terms for immediate payment:
Irish mess-beef and pork, in half barrels
Ox-tongues, in kegs
Draught porter, in hhds.
Watts' table-beer, in barrels
Port wine, in bottles
Soap and candles
Tallow for mill-grease
Paints and oils
Window-glass, 11 by 14, 12 by 16, and 10 by 13
Cambric ditto and chintz
Children's cotton stockings
Ladies fine plain ditto ditto
Gentlemen's ditto ditto
Ditto lamb's wool ditto
consisting of double flint fluted wine-glasses, claret ditto ditto, [illegible]
tumblers, rummers, finger-basons, &c.
Iron teaches, of about 50 gallons each
Mill case wedges
Shovels, hoes, cutlasses
Nails, 4d. to 30d.
Carpenters' braces and bits
Coopers' ditto ditto
Boat-cloaks, with sleeves
Gentlemen's printed quilting vests
Black silk Florentine ditto
Superfine black cloth coats
Ladies' cambric gloves
Gentlemen's silk umbrellas
Log and fishing lines
Boxes of Brown's spirit bubbles
Superfine broad-cloths, mixed, black, blue & scarlet colours
Gentlemen's superfine beaver hats
Ditto silk ditto
Also, [centered within column]
Madeira wine, in pipes, hhds, and quarter casks
Jan. 28. Archibald Iver.
[right pointing hand icon] A BARGAIN !!! [heading]
Twelve Thousand first-quality Wallaba Shingles will be exchanged
for Twenty-four Thousand Ears of Indian Corn. Apply to the Printer. Jan.
is to inform the
that the following Persons intend quitting this Colony;-
het Secretary deezer Colonie word geadverteerd
de volgende Persoonen
voorneemens zyn van hier
elders te vertrekken, viz;
J. Anslow, in 14 days or 6 weeks, from Jan. 2.
Deane, do. . . . 2.
M'Leay, in 14 days . . . 3.
Higgins, in do. or 6 weeks . . . 3.
C. Ryan, do. . . . 3.
Van Dyk, in 14 days . . . 6.
Auld, in do. (or by the Ship Nereid) . 6.
Cary, in do. . . . 13.
Atkins, and family, in do. or 6 weeks, . 14.
Clementson, in do. or do. . . . 16.
Clementson, and ones servant, in do. or do. 16.
Dickson, in ditto or ditto, . . . 17.
Taylor, in 14 days . . . 17.
Hoppe, with one servant, in do. or 6 weeks 20.
Brush, do. . . . 21.
Trotter, in 14 days, or by the Ship Ariadne 21.
S. Walcott, in do. or 6 weeks . . . 24.
Walcott, in ditto, or ditto . . . 24.
note: no new or modified vendues in this issue.]
The arrival of the Brig Harmony, from London, and the Ship
Cervantes, from Glasgow, has enabled our friends to favour us with the loan of
London Papers to the 7th of December, and those of Glasgow, to the 20th. In
consequence of which, the following deeply interesting articles will be found
in our subsequent columns:-
1. A Gazette Account of the Conquest of Batavia.
2. General Hill's Dispatches to Lord Wellington, which arrived in
London on the 2d Dec.
3. The Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry on the Conduct of Capt.
Bingham of the Little Belt.
Captain Bingham. [heading]
Members of the Court. [heading]
The Right Hon. LORD JAMES TOWNSEND, Captain of His Majesty's ship
Eolus and Senior Officer at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CHARLES JOHN AUSTEN, Esq. Captain of His Majesty's ship Cleopatra.
And ALEXANDER GORDON, Esq. Commander of His Majesty's sloop Ratler
Lieutenant Moberty, Senior Lieutenant, states, that on the 16th
instant, while cruising off the Coast of America, Cape Charles bearing west 54
miles, at 11 a.m. saw a strange sale - that she was a lugger, was reported from
the mast-head, on the starboard beam; was seen steering, S. S. W. the wind aft,
or a little on the starboard quarter; on which, took in our studding sails and
hauled our wind for her on the starboard tack: shortly after, made her out to
be a ship. At 30 past 2 p.m. having then made out the chace to be a frigate,
with a Commodore's broad pendant flying, being then about six miles; and not
having answered any of our private signals, viz. 275, private signal, and our
number, concluded her to be the American frigate the United States; shewed our
colours and steered our course south. Set studding sails at five o'clock -
observed the frigate make all sail; and to keep more away for us; at seven,
found she was gaining on us fast. - Capt. Bingham then thinking it best to
speak her before dark, shortened sail, and hove-to, colours up; we then making
out her stars in her broad pendant, beat to quarters, and got all clear for
action - a second time having beat before at 2 p. m.; double-shotted and
double-breached the guns. At 50 past seven, observed the frigate to have
shortened sail to top-sails, top-gallant sails, and jib, and standing down as
if with an intention of passing under our stern; wore twice to evade this.
Capt. Bingham hailed and was not answered, - wore again - to close to us on the
larboard beam. Capt. Bingham hailed the ship "a-hoy!", which was
repeated word for word by the frigate: Capt. Bingham asked what ship that was,
which was also repeated as before and no answering a second time, was answered
by a broadside. Captain Bingham was then standing on the midship gun - Jumped
off, and gave orders to fire, which was done in less than a minute after her
first fire, we being quite ready, guns pointed; and continued firing for about
an hour; when the frigate ceased firing, and hailed us to know what ship his
was. Capt. Bingham answered, his Majesty's ship Little Belt, several times
before they understood us. He then asked if our colours were down - No! - was
Capt. Bingham's answer. - Capt. B. then hailed to know what ship that was; and
was answered, the United States frigate, the name we could not understand. In
the mean time the frigate had filled [sic], and was standing from us; a short
time after, lost sight of her - hove-to for the night, having no sail to set.
At day-light saw a sail to windward; made her out to be the same ship we had
engaged; at six she bore up for us under easy sail; at eight she passed within
hail, asked permission to send a boat on board, which was granted - boat came
on board, staid ten minutes, then returned; understood the frigate to be the
President, belonging to the United States, Commodore Rodgers. Observed the
President to fill and stand on, on the starboard tack, and under her topsails.
Lieutenant Thomas Levell states, that on the 16th of May, 1811, at
eleven a. m. saw a strange sail from the mast-head, which, was reported to be a
lugger having her main-topgallant-sail handed, fore and mizen set; we were then
going nearly before the wind; [illegible] the heads up, took in studding-sails,
and made sail in chase on the starboard tack; at 30 past one observed her to be
a frigate; made the private signal, our number also, 275, answered neither;
observing her to have a blue broad pendant at her mast-head, at 2 wore
[illegible] and steered our course south, hoisted our colours; observed her to
be in chase of us; supposed her to be an American frigate; cleared ship for
action; at five beat to quarters a second time, double shotted the guns, and
double breached those that were bad; at 30 past 7, shortened sail, and hove-to,
as she was coming up with us very fast; hoisted our colours; observed the stars
in her broad pendant; wore ship three or four times, to prevent his passing
under our stern, which he evidently intended; at eight hailed her, when on the
starboard beam; received no answer: wore ship at 10 past 8; she hauled her fore-sail
up, and hove-to within half pistol-shot of our weather-beam; Captain Bingham
standing on the gun abaft the larboard gangway, hailed the ship
"a-hoy!" which words were repeated word for word, and she immediately
fired a broadside; Capt. Bingham leaped off the gun, and gave orders to fire,
which we did instantly, the Captains of the guns standing with the lan-yards of
the locks in their hands, and the guns pointed at her; continued firing about
an hour, when [illegible] ceased, and hailed us, "what ship's that!"
Capt. Bingham replied, His Majesty's ship Little Belt, several times before he
understood us; he then asked what ship it was; they answered, the United States
frigate, - the name we did not understand, and asked if our colours were down; Capt.
Bingham answered, no! he then [illegible]ed on the starboard tack; we very soon
lost sight of her; continued all night refitting; at day-light observed her
laying-to to windward, about eight or ten miles; about six she bore down under
her topsail and foresails; at eight he hailed "ship a-hoy! I'll send a
boat on board if you please, Sir." "Very well, Sir," was Capt.
Bingham's answer; the boat came on board, and remained about ten minutes or a
quarter of an hour, after which he wore, and stood to the westward under
Latitude 36. 53. longitude 71. 49. Cape Cearles [sic] bearing west
Mr. James Franklin, boatswain, states - at half past two o'clock
observed the frigate coming up under studding sails on both sides - about half
past seven shortened [illegible] and brought to - hoisted the colours - at a
quarter before 8 hailed: no answer - wore ship; about two minutes before eight
the ship was hailed; the Captain's words were repeated twice without making any
answer; and he fired a whole broadside; about a minute returned a broadside
from us - continued firing for about an hour, and then ceased firing and
hailed, and asked what ship this was, and was answered by the Captain, the
Little Belt; and he then asked if the colours were down; the answer was No! -
and I heard the Captain say, that they should not come down, and ordered the
starboard guns to be manned; then the Captain hailed to know what ship that was
- being under the forecastle wounded, I could not hear the answer - I then came
down below, and there was no more firing after.
Mr. Hinshelwood, Purser, states, hat on the 16th instant, at 11 a.
m. saw a strange sail; made sail in chase of her; 30 past 1, observed her to be
a frigate - made the private signal, one number, and 275, neither of which were
answered. At 2, made out a Commodore's broad pendant, apparently an American;
cleared for quarters; observed the frigate to be in chase of us; at 5 beat to
quarters a second time - 30 past 7, hove-to and hoisted our colours - at 8, hailed
her, no answer, wore ship - at 10 past 8, she hove-to close to windward of us -
Captain Bingham standing on the gun abaft the larboard gang-way, hailed,
"a-hoy! the ship," which was repeated: Capt. B. asked what ship is
that, which war [sic] also repeated, and immediately gave us a broadside,
commenceing [sic] firing from the midships of the deck, Capt. B. jumped off the
gun, and gave orders to fire, which was instantly done - continued firing about
an hour - observed the frigate to leave off firing she hailed at the same time,
and asked what ship this was - Capt. B. answered, his Britannic Majesty's ship
Little Belt, six or seven times before they understood; he then asked if our
colours were down to which Capt. B. answered No! and asked what ship that was:
she answered the United States ship - the name we could not understand; she
then made sail. At day light observed her to windward, at 6 she bore down - at
8 passed within hail - hailed the ship, and said he would send a boat on board,
if Captain B. pleased - a boat came on board, and remained about a quarter of
an hour - she then made sail to the westward.
Mr. William Turner, Surgeon, states when steering to the southward
from off New York on the 16th of May, 1811, at 11 a. m. a strange sail was reported
to the westward, which was immediately given chase to: on nearing, observed her
to be a frigate, standing to the eastward, with an American broad-pendant at
her main-top-gallant-mast head; we then resumed our course to the southward,
and shewed the ensign and pendant; stranger observed shortly after to alter her
course, to join us; when the Little Belt made more sail a strange frigate did
the same: finding the stranger joined us fast, prepared for action; shortened
sail, and hove-to some time before sun set: immediately after the Little Belt
hove-to the strange frigate shortened sail, coming down very slowly. - I
shortly after went below; at ten minutes past eight o'clock p.m. Captain
Bingham hailed the stranger twice, very loudly, but received no answer,
[illegible]t five minutes after, Captain Bingham again hailed, [illegible] was
answered from the frigate, to what purpose I [illegible]ld not distinctly
understand. Captain Bingham again hailed twice, and immediately heard he
frigate fire, and the whole passed over us. I then distinctly heard Captain
Bingham give orders to fire away: we returned the broadside within the space of
20 seconds; the action continued with great vigour for about 45 minutes, to the
best of my judgment.
We the undersigned, having duly examined the Officers herein
named, belonging to His Majesty's sloop Little Belt, respecting the attack made
on that ship by the United States frigate President, have received the above as
a true statement of all the occurrences. In witness whereof we have hereunto
set our hands, on board His Majesty's ship Eolus, Halifax harbour, Nova Scotia,
29th May, 1811.
C. J. AUSTEN,
Province of Nova Scotia
The examination and information of William Burket, mariner, taken before
John Howe and Thomas Boggs, Esqrs. two of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace
for the County of Halifax, this twenty-second day of June in the year of our
Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eleven; who being duly sworn, deposeth and
saith, that he was born at Deptford, in England; and he is about twenty-three
years of age; that he has reason to think he has a mother still living at
Deptford; that he left there about three years ago, and went to Montego Bay,
Jamaica - that he left that place afterwards, and proceeded to New-York, in a
brig called the Pizarro; that same time in August, 1809, being in a state of
intoxication, he was forcibly carried on board the United States armed-schooner
Revenge, in which he continued until she was castaway in Long Island Sound;
that he was afterwards transferred to the United States ship the President;
that he was ordered on board the Revenge, and afterwards on board the President
by the name of Elijah Shepardson, that he was on board the President the first
week in May last, w[illegible] that ship was laying at Anapolis, in Maryland;
that Commodore Rodgers suddenly came on board from Havre-de-Grace, where he had
been with his family; that instantly after the arrival of the Commodore all
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men from her, who had been sent back again; that as they were
going down the river, they got up as much larger quantity of shot and wads than
had ever been c[ilegible]aly on any other occasion, while he was on board the
ships; and that he knows this to have been the case, from having held the
station of quarter-gunner; that after proceeding to sea they cruised on the
different parts of the coast without anything materially happening until the
16th day of May: that at 12 o'clock on that day, being below at dinner word was
brought that a frigate, supposed to British [sic]; was in sight; that orders
were then given for clearing away her bulk heads, and preparing for action;
that soon after all hands were beat to quarters; that everything was
immediately got ready for action; that it was at his time about two o'clock;
that all sails were then set, and they went eagerly in chace of the supposed
frigate; that orders were soon after given for pricking and firing the guns;
before dark, while they were approaching nearer the chase, orders were given to
take the aprons off the guns; and, at that time, this deponent looked at the
ship they were in chace of, through the bridle-port, and he saw her colours
flying, that he saw red in them, but could not correctly ascertain what colours
they were; that, at the distance they were, he is satisfied that with glasses,
they could easily be distinguished; that he heard Lieut. Belding, who had a
glass, and who commanded in his division, say, that her colours were British,
that, when this deponent looked at her, he could see her hull and was satisfied
that she was a small ship; that they continued after this period to approach
her, until between eight and nine o'clock, when they were within pistol-hot;
that Commodore Rodgers then gave orders to stand by their guns, and not to fire
until orders were given; that the Commodore then hailed; and, when he was
hailing a second time, a gun in the division to which the deponent belongs,
being the second division, went off, he thinks by accident; and that there were
four or five men leaning on the gun at the time; that he instantly turned to
acquaint the Lieutenant that the gun had gone off by accident, the Lieutenant
then standing only three guns from him; that, before he could do this, the
whole broadside of the President was discharged; and that immediately after a
general order was given - "Fire away as quick as possible;" that
before the firing of the gun of his division, which he thinks went off by
accident, and the broadside which immediately followed, this deponent is
satisfied, as he was looking out the port, and distinctly saw the Little Belt,
that not a gun had been fired from her; that the President, he thinks,
continued firing about half an hour without cessation; that an order was then
given to cease firing, that the President then filled her main-topsail, and
stood from the Little Belt, with her head to the southward, and continued all
night on that tack without heaving-to; that the Commodore, before he steered from
the Little Belt, hailed her to know if she had struck; the only part of the
answer given that he could distinctly hear or understand was, that she was a
This deponent farther saith, that the President was wounded in her
foremast and mainmast, a 32-pound shot having entered each of them; that the
rest of the night after the engagement, they were employed in repairing the
damage sustained in the rigging. This deponent farther saith, that the crew of
the President consists of about 500 men, upwards of 300 of which he knows to be
British seamen, from having conversed with them, and having heard them declare
they were so, and from many of them having designated the places they came
from; that the engagement with the Little Belt had excited great disgust in the
British seamen on board the President, who had manifested their reluctance to
fight against their country; that one man in particular had so plainly
expressed this feeling, as to have drawn on him the resentment of Commodore
Rodgers, who had put him in irons; in which situation he remained when the
deponent left the ship for the aforesaid offence, and for having said that the
first gun was fired from the President.
This deponent farther saith, that, after the President came into
New York, and was laying in the North River, that by the assistance of his
hammock lashings, he got in the night from the fore-chains into the river, and
swam to a place of safety, and has since procured a passage to Halifax.
W. BURKITT, his X Mark,
Sworn at Halifax, the day and year aforesaid, before us
JOHN HOWE, [right pointing brace, indicating 'Justices of the
July 25, 1811.
John Russell deposes, that he belonged to the President American
frigate; that he did his duty in the foretop; was quartered at the aftermost
forecastle gun, before they fell in with the Little Belt. The Commodore
informed the ship's company, that he was ordered to demand two American seamen
that had been pressed by a British frigate; if they were not given up, he was
to take them by force; when they went down to the Little Belt - the guns were
double shotted, and loaded with grape; that the first gun was fired from the
President, that he believes from accident as no orders were given from the
quarter-deck to fire as the guns had locks, and were all cocked. After the
action he was informed by the men in the waste [sic], that a man was entangled
with the lan-yard of the lock that occasioned the gun to go off.
JOHN RUSSELL, his X mark.
The within-named, John Russell was sworn to the truth of the
within affidavit, before me, one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the
city and county of Bristol, the 27th day of July, 1811.
(Signed) DAVID EVANS.
TO BE SOLD, [heading]
AN excellent Carriage or Saddle Horse, he is perfectly quiet, and
thoroughly bred, and will suit any gentleman in the cavalry. He is offered for
sale, as his present owner is about to leave the Colony. Application to be
made at the Office of this Paper. Jan. 21.
Printed & published every Tuesday & Saturday Afternoon,
By Edward James Henery.