ESSEQUEBO [Colophon] & DEMERARY
ROYAL [Colophon] GAZETTE.
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 1812.
His Excellency Major-General Hugh Lyle Carmichael, Acting-Governor in and over
the Colonies of Demerary and Essequebo; - and the Honourable COURT of POLICY of
the said Colonies: -
all whom these Presents do or shall concern, Greeting, be it known:
the division of the Town and Precincts of Stabroek into separate districts,
regulated by different Commissaries, having opposite views and interests, has
been attended with great inconvenience, as well by the great damage that has
lately occurred to the district of Cumingsburg, from the neglect of the dams,
by which means much loss has been sustained by individuals, and this Court
called on for compensation for injuries done to the public roads; and also by
injudicious alterations of the canals of the said town, whereby the health and
even the lives of the inhabitants are seriously endangered: And, whereas,
certain claims have been pretended to be set up that such precincts and
additions to the town as may be made on neighbouring districts, which were
formerly cultivated estates, are not liable to the regulations and laws, made
for the benefit of the inhabitants of the metropolis, but are to be distinctly
and separately governed by such Commissary or Commissaries, Committee or
Committees, as the inhabitants of that particular precinct may think proper to
elect - whereby great confusion is likely to ensue, much litigation and dispute
arise, and the general and public good be sacrificed to private ends, and
particular purposes. It is therefore become necessary to declare, that this
Court, composing the Legislature of the Colony, cannot cede its general
superintendence of the Government, Police, Health, and Benefit of the town,
into whatever districts divided, or however named. And, whereas, on former
discussions on this subject, much opposition and difficulty have prevailed, and
nothing final has been determined; - it is hereby ordained, that the town
formerly called Stabroek, into whatever number of district now divided,
extending from the side-line of La Penitence to the bridge in Kingston,
entering upon the road to the Camp, be in future generally styled by the name
of George-Town, leaving the various districts or precincts to be called by
their present known and usual names; and that the care and superintendence of
the said town shall be vested in a General Committee, chosen by His Excellency
the Governor and the Court of Policy from the most respectable inhabitants of
the different districts, having at their head the Members of the Court of
Policy, whereof any one shall be sufficient to form a quorum, together with two
of the said Commissaries, who shall meet at the Colony-House monthly, and make
such regulations, for the time being, as may be thought necessary, which, being
confirmed by the Governor and Court of Policy, shall have the full force of
it is further hereby ordained, that the number of said Commissaries be fixed at
six, and that the Rev. W. G. Straghan, James Robertson, Hugh Hyndman, J. M.
Spooner, and H. A. Eberhardi, Esquires, are hereby nominated, for the first
time, and all former appointments abolished; and that, in the event of any
future vacancy occurring, notice shall be given to His Excellency the Governor,
or, if sitting, to the Court of Policy, who shall name a person to succeed to
the vacant office.
is hereby also enacted, that the quotas for the various expence necessary to
the establishment of the police and other public expences of George-Town, being
fixed by the General Commissaries, the inhabitants of the various districts
shall be authorised to levy their proportions in such manner as may be most
convenient to themselves.
that no ignorance may be pretended of this our Ordinance, the same shall be
printed, published, and affixed for general information
enacted in the Ordinary Session of the Hon. Court of Policy aforesaid, held at
the Court-House, in Demerary, on the 29th of April, 1812, and published on the
5th of May next thereto following.
Tinne, Senr. Clk.
in the absence of the Deputy Secretary.
Hon. Tully Higgins, having been elected a Member of the Court of Policy of
these Colonies, took his seat at the last Session of the said Court
George-Town, May 5, 1812.
Tinne, Senr. Clk.
in the absence of the Deputy Secretary.
Verbeke, Esq. has been appointed one of the Commissaries for the Public Market
in George-Town, in the room of Alex. Fullerton, who resigned.
George-Town, May 5, 1812.
Tinne, Senr. Clk.
in the absence of the Deputy Secretary.
Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint William Robertson, Esqr.
Fiscal of Essequebo.
Meeting of the Creditors of the late Mr. John Foster is requested at the house
of the last subscriber, at 12 o'clock, on Monday, the 18th instant, when those
who are unable to attend personally will please to substitute some person in
Cook, [right pointing brace, indicating 'Acting Executors.']
5. Thomas Shute,
a Situation, a Young Man, on a sugar estate; he is a complete distiller,
understands boiling-house duty, and field work. For particulars enquire of E.
Gallup, Werk en Rust, at the house formerly occupied by C. H. De Munnick,
Esquire. May 5.
SALE OR HIRE, [heading]
Half-Lot and Buildings on the North-Dam, Stabroek, known on the Chart as No. 1,
and adjoining on the east the Commissariat Office, and one door on the
west-side of the Colony-House. To an approved purchaser only one-third of the
purchase money will be required in the month of January, 1813, another third in
the month of January, 1818, and the remaining third on the first day of
January, 1820; the proprietor having a very pressing call for the first
payment, will not require interest on it if paid at the time specified - the
interest on the other instalments will be expected annually. If not sold
before the first day of June next, he will be glad to meet with a punctual
tenant; and, if taken on hire by the year, three months, notice will be given
in case of a purchaser offering. For further particulars apply at the Royal
Gazette Printing Office, or to the proprietor, at Mahaica Ferry.
4. R. S. Turton.
SALE OR HIRE, [heading]
Premises in Cumingsburg (adjoining that of Messrs. Garden, King, and Co.)
belonging to Mr. Henry Brush, being a comfortable and commodious
Dwelling-House, with suitable Out-Buildings; very pleasantly situated, and
possessing every convenience for the reception of a genteel family. The
Premises can be viewed and the terms known, by application to Mrs. Brush,
residing thereon. May 4.
HOUSE-FRAME: 86 feet long, 28 feet wide, one and a half story high, and formed
of Greenheart. It is well calculated for a boiling-house or coffee-logie. For
particulars enquire of
4. Henry Archer.
SECRETARY's OFFICE, [heading]
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;
N. A. Van Hoytema, in 14 days, from April 15.
L. C. Brauns, in 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.
Cantzlaar, and one Servant, in a month or 6 weeks 16.
Douglas, in 14 days or 6 weeks, . . . . . . . . 16.
M'Arthur, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.
Reach, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.
M'Bain, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24.
Hore, in 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.
B. Abel, in do. or 6 weeks, . . . . . . . . . . 27.
C. Alleyne, in do. or do. . . . . . . . . . . . 28.
Owen, in do. or one month, . . . . . . . May 1.
Conyers, in do. or 6 weeks, . . . . . . . . . 1.
Office, Demerary, May 2, 1812.
the COMMISSARY-COURT on the 1st of June [heading]
will be passed the following [heading]
and MORTGAGES; [heading]
By John Staunton, q.q. John Wilson, Transport of a quarter of the Lot No. 21,
situate on the North-dam, Stabroek, to M'Inroy, Sandbach, & Co.
By M'Inroy, Sandbach, & Co. Transport of the same to J. M. Spooner.
By C. N. Bollers, as Substituted-Attorney of H. de Salve, Transport of the
undivided half of the Plantation Hope, situate on the East-side of Mahaica
Creek, cum annexis, to Henry Smithson.
By Henry Smithson, Transport of the Plantation Hope, as above-mentioned, but
without slaves, to J. P. Bishop.
By H. Cantzlaar, Transport of the Buildings situate on the Concession No. 31,
in that part of the front of Vlissingen called, Columbus-District, together
with his right, title, and interest in the land of said Lot, during the present
lease, to Joseph Beete, Jun.
By M. Marx, Transport of the Quarter-Concession No. 22, situate on the
South-dam, Stabroek, with the Buildings thereon, to H. Cantzlaar.
By John M'Cammon, Transport of the Lot No. 5, and South-half of No. 4 and No.
46, situate in Cumingsburgh, to Rebecca Richie.
By V. A. Heyliger, q.q. Rachael Francine Fabre, Transport of the undivided 1/4
of the Plantation Young Rachael, situate on the West-side of Demerary River,
cum annexis, to S. Swen.
By Fanchine de Brulon, Transport of the Lot No. 77, in Kingston, with the
Buildings thereon, to Mary Anne Stewart.
By the free mulatto woman Betsey, Transport of the 1/4 Concession No. 66,
situate on the middle-dam, Stabroek, with the Buildings thereon, to the Widow
By John Austin, Transport of the Plantation Land of Plenty, with 44 slaves, to
By Nathaniel Gittens, Mortgage on the said half of Plantation Land of Plenty,
and 44 slaves, in favour of John Austin.
By G. Montauroux, a First Mortgage on the Plantation Big Diamond, situate on
the East Side of Demerary River, cum annexis, in favour of Dockscheer &
Steenbergen, of London.
By G. Montauroux, a Second Mortgage on the aforesaid Plantation, cum annexis,
in favour of J. S. Massˇ.
By John King, a Mortgage on five slaves, (names to be seen at this Office), in
favour of A. M'Lean.
By John King (so soon as he obtains a Transport), a Mortgage on the North-half
of Plantation Diamond, situate on the West-side of Mahaica Creek, cum annexis,
(excepting only a small piece of about five acres in front), in favour of A.
By G. Henschelius, as Executor of the Boedel J. Forbes, Transport of the
Plantation Nooit Gedagt, situate in the Canal No. 1, cum annexis, to G.
Henschelius and De Haart.
By H. M'Nish, Transport of the Wood-Land, called San Souci, situate on the
East-side of the river Demerary, to M. Doyle.
By M. Doyle, Transport of the same to Paterson & Crossman, as Executors of
J. Van Groeningen, deceased.
By A. Rose, Transport of the Lots No. 228, 229, 262, and 263, with the
buildings thereon, situate in Cumingsburgh, to M. E. Henery.
By E. J. Henery, Transport of the undivided half of the Buildings situated on
the Lot No. 2, in Bridge Town, front of Plantation Vlissingen, together with
all his right, title, and interest in the undivided half of the land of the
said lot, during the present lease, to A. Rose.
By W. King, Transport of the Lot No. 58, situate in Cumingsburgh, with the
Buildings thereon, to Theophilus Williams.
By Charles Vincent, q.q. Transport of the Lot No. 14, situate in Charles Town,
to J. M. Spooner.
Demerary, May 4, 1812.
PUBLIC VENDUES [heading]
IN DEMERARY. [heading]
On Thursday, the 14th of May, by Order of Stephen Cramer, Esq.
Executor to the Estate of G. A. F. Van Kinschot, on the Premises:- Two
Concessions and Water Lot, with the Buildings thereon, situated in
Charles-Town, lately occupied by the deceased; negroes, silver plate, and what
further may appear on the day of sale.
April 29. Robert Kingston.
[Transcriber's note: this Vendue did not appear in a prior issue]
PUBLIC VENDUE [heading]
IN BERBICE. [heading]
On Tuesday the 12th of May, will be exposed for public sale, and
sold to the highest bidders, on Plant. Williamstadt, being Lot No. 7, West
Coast - from 60 to 80 head of prime Cattle, consisting of milch-cows with their
calves, young fat oxen, heifers, &c. collected from different estates in
that neighbourhood. Payable in three months, in cash or approved bills of
N.B. The sale to commence precisely at 10 o'clock in the
forenoon. Refreshments will be provided at the place of sale.
April 28. William Threlfall,
On Sunday, came in the Joseph, Capt. Strickland, from Barbados;
and yesterday, the Traveller, Capt. Fisher, from Liverpool, and the Aurora,
Capt. Dill, from Barbados. The Papers by the Joseph, are to the 25th ultimo,
and those by the Traveller, to the 20th of March.
Additional Shipping Intelligence. - The General Miranda, from this
River, is arrived at her place of destination; as is also, the Jaba, Capt.
The Honourable Members of the Court of Justice for the United
Colonies, assembled yesterday for the first time, for the dispatch of public
business; and this day the sitting has been resumed. Our first page is again
rendered very interesting; inasmuch as it not only notifies several
satisfactory appointments in the Civil Department - but it is there decreed, by
the Honourable Court of Policy, that Stabroek is no more! - and hence it will
appear that we now live in a metropolis more sacred to our Illustrious Regent
than ever - the change being doubtless in honour of him, whose name it has now
BARBADOS INTELLIGENCE. [heading]
There has been an arrival at St. Vincent, in a very short passage
from Wilmington, North Carolina, by which it is learnt, that the Hornet had
returned from England; and, in consequence of the dispatches received by her of
an unfavourable tenor, an embargo was immediately resorted to. It was
directed, that it should be laid on the port of Wilmington on the evening of
the day that this vessel left the harbour.
On the subject of the French Fleet, said to be at sea, from
L'Orient, the following particulars have been receive from Madeira, by way of
private letters: - On the 10th of March, the British brig Carran, on her
passage from England to the Brazils, and then in lat. 48. 18. N. long. 5. 58.
saw four ships of the line and four frigates to leeward, steering S.W. and
shortly after was chased by two other line of battle ships, which proved to be
the British ships Poilliers and Tremendous; the first of whom sent an officer
on-board the Carran, who stated, that those to leeward were an enemy's
squadron, and delivered to the Master of the brig dispatches for our squadron
off L'Orient, with which he directed him to proceed immediately; but, in the
event of previously falling in with any of our men of war, he was to put them
on-board. It appears, too, that, at 5 p.m. the same day, he saw a convoy and
shortly afterwards spoke His Majesty's ship Hyacinth, on-board of which,
according to his instructions, he forwarded the dispatches; and on the 27th of
the month he arrived at Madeira, and gave the above intelligence from his
log-book. One line of battle ship continued to watch the enemy; and, as they
may probably be joined by others, we hope to hear a good account of them.
We have received the following melancholy intelligence of an
earthquake at Caracas, communicated to a Gentleman by his friend at Martinique,
in a letter dated "St. Pierre, 18th April, 1812: - Yesterday the sloop
Nonsuch arrived from Curacoa, and brings the account of a dreadful earthquake
at Caracas and La Guira, in the direction of S.E. and N.W. Seventeen churches
at the former place, with 14,000 inhabitants, have perished. It lasted 60
seconds. La Guira, has only 10 houses left entire; it has lost 1500
inhabitants. This dreadful catastrophe happened on Holy Thursday. A Gentleman
who came up in the British frigate told the Captain of this vessel, that he was
the only person of 17 in number, who was saved from the house they were in.
The vessels at anchor struck the ground with such violence, as to be obliged to
have recourse to the pumps. Aruba is split in two. At Caracas they were
obliged to set fire to the bodies to destroy the stench."
A most shocking murder was committed a few days ago, in the Parish
of St. Philip, Barbados, of which the following are the particulars: - A negro
man, brought up from childhood, it seems, with the greatest tenderness, but who
was about to be sold by his mistress to another branch of the family, to
satisfy some demands that were pressing hard upon her, having heard of this
intention, questioned his owner on the subject, which being affirmed to, he
knocked her down, and drawing a knife from his pocket, cut her throat, stabbed
her in several other parts, and then most severely beat the body with a
bludgeon. The miscreant has since hung himself.
LONDON INTELLIGENCE. [heading]
A small ship, the property of a Chinese, has been condemned at
Calcutta, for violating the British Orders in Council, by trading, two years
ago, under the colours of a native prince. The Judge recommended a petition to
the King in Council, as the Chinese had probably never heard of these Orders.
At the last Meeting of the House of Assembly of Jamaica, who
ultimately agreed upon the Memorial to the British Regent, (the substance of
which we gave in a late paper), the following resolutions were proposed, but
"That the present affliction of this colony have been
produced by a train of impolitic measures, the effects of which were seen and
deprecated, many years ago, by this House, which, by a reference to its
Journals, will evidently appear; but, notwithstanding the many representations
and repeated warnings to the Government of the mother-country of the inevitable
consequences of such baleful measures, yet they have been persisted in, until
our ruin is finally consummated.
"That, in consequence of well founded expectations that some
assistance would be afforded to the sugar-planters, by permitting a certain
portion of sugar, of inferior quality, to be used in distillation, and that
proper regulations would be adopted to promote the use of rum in the army and
navy, the House did again undertake to pay the usual expences of the military
establishment of the island, to the 31st day of December, 1811, and endeavoured
to make provision accordingly, by imposing such taxes as were deemed to be the
least oppressive, and borrowing money on the public credit, in order to fulfil
that engagement; but those hopes having proved illusory, the bill for
permitting and regulating the use of sugar in the distilleries having been
rejected by the House of Lords, and the price of rum being very considerably
reduced, from the diminished consumption, occasioned by the introduction of
large quantities of French and Spanish brandies, it is obvious, that the
sugar-properties are so unproductive that no profit is derived from those
capitals by the owners - on the contrary, they are daily sinking deeper into
debt, and must eventually be ruined. Under such circumstances, the House
cannot directly impose taxes on the sugar-planter, because it is evident that
he has not the means of paying them out of the proceeds of his estate.
"That, on a consideration of the circumstances of the
coffee-planter, a scene presents itself, if possible, of a more distressing
nature than has previously been stated of the sugar-planters. - Coffee is not
saleable in the markets of the mother-country. The British merchant even
refuses a consignment of the article, because, in place of its paying any thin
to him, it occasions difficulty and embarrassment how to provide money to
defray the attendant charges of duty, freight, insurance, &c. &c. and,
therefore, he avoids the consignment, as a burthen, instead of a relief;
consequently, many of the coffee-planters are unable to provide even the
necessary supplies for their slaves from Great Britain or elsewhere. For, if
he resorts to the stores in the islands to obtain the indispensable articles of
clothing, herrings, salt, &c. &c. which he is bound by the constituted
slave-law of the island to furnish annually, upon oath, the merchant or
store-keeper tells him, than [sic] his coffee is worth nothing, and that he
cannot give credit to a man in such desperate circumstances. It is therefore
unnecessary to go into further detail, in order to prove his inability to
provide payment for any taxes; for he is positively unable to maintain himself and
family, or his slaves; and, if so cruel a policy should be exercise as to
impose the burthen of taxes upon a man in this situation, the consequence would
be, that, if he could not possibly prevent his property from being levid [sic]
on, that a slave, which had cost him £ 140 or £ 150, would be brought to public
sale, and actually sold for £ 40 or £ 50, owing to the general distress of the
country and want of cash.
"That it be recommended to the House to send a message to His
Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, informing him, that, owing to the distressed
and calamitous state of the island, it is no longer able to support the
expences of the military establishment, as usually heretofore provided for, and
humbly to request, that His Honour will be pleased to take such measures as to
him shall seem expedient to relieve the island of that charge after the 31st of
For Glasgow. [heading]
[sailing ship icon] The Coppered and Armed Ship Traveller, J.
Will positively sail in all June, great part of her cargo being
now ready to put on board. For Freight or Passage, apply to
May 5. Douglas, Reid, and Co.
Printed & published every Tuesday & Saturday Afternoon,
By Edward James Henery.