The ESSEQUEBO & DEMERARY ROYAL
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The King's House, [centered]
Militia General Orders.
His Excellency the Acting-Governor has received authentic
information of the following Event:
His Majesty's Sloop of War Peacock, commanded by the late lamented
Captain PEAKE, fell in with the Hornet, United States' Ship of War, of
considerable superior force; when, after a close engagement of thirty-five
minutes, Capt. Peake fell by a cannon ball in the act of cheering his brave men
The disparity of strength, with the shattered and sinking state of
the Peacock, gave a claim of dearly-bought conquest to the Enemy - who lost his
trophy by her sinking, when nearly in a similar state herself.
The conciliating manners and private character of Capt. Peake,
had, in a short space of time, endeared him to this Community, and his high
professional reputation as a naval officer, he carried with him unsullied and
substantiated to another world. The colony, from self-interest alone, has
serious cause for regret, in being deprived of the protection of this vigilant
It is the property of brave and generous minds, whilst they bear
with fortitude, disasters - to feel like men, and condole with those who
suffer. It is not necessary to arouse the British Lion upon such occasions.
His Excellency cannot avoid bearing in warm recollection, the
conduct of the Demerary Militia, who volunteered at a former period to meet
this daring enemy either by sea or land. He has requested the Reverend W. G.
Straghan to preach an appropriate Sermon to His Majesty's Troops and the
Militia, in commemoration of this brave Commander, and his gallant Crew, which
will take place at the Dutch Church, at 10 o'clock to-morrow. The Royal
Artillery, His Majesty's 2d Battalion 60th Regiment, and 1st Battalion Demerary
Militia, will assemble at the Parade in Cumingsburg, and march from thence to
the place of Divine Worship.
King's-House, George-Town, March 6, 1813.
AT a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the
United-Colonies of Demerary and Essequebo, held at Marsh's Hotel, on Thursday
the 4th March, assembled to express their admiration of the conduct of Capt.
PEAKE, and the gallant Crew of his Majesty's Brig Peacock, who acquitted
themselves so well in a desperate engagement with the enemy, on the East-Coast
of Demerary: And, at the same time, ardently desirous of affording the most
useful testimony of their sincere regret for the loss of Capt. Peake, and those
of his valiant Crew, who fell in this glorious but fatal engagement with an
American Sloop of War, of great superiority, on the 24th of February, in sight
of their shores.
The Honourable William Robertson, [centered]
Honourable Peter Grant, [centered]
Honourable Joseph Beete, [centered]
Reverend W. G. Straghan, [centered]
Henry Osborn Seward,
Henry S. Thomas,
Henry T. Ferguson,
And many others, who came in subsequently.
The chair having been declined by the Honourable Joseph Beete, it
was taken, at his particular desire, by the Rev. W. G. Straghan. The object of
the meeting having been briefly stated, it was proposed and unanimously
1st. That an elegant Marble Monument Tablet be erected in Saint
George's Church, to the memory of Capt. Peake, and to commemorate the glorious
though, fatal engagement in which he fell.
2d. That in the name of the Inhabitants of these Colonies, Mrs.
Peake be presented, in whatever form may be most agreeable to herself, with
some memorial of their gratitude, respect, and admiration of her gallant and
much lamented husband; who fell a proud example of tried courage, in an
important command, entrusted to him for the safety and protection of their
ships and commerce.
3d. That a sum of money be raised by subscription, and deposited
in the hands of the Father of our lamented Hero, with a particular request,
that he will have the goodness to superintend the disposal and appropriation of
it in the following manner: - First, for the comfort and assistance of the
wives, children, or near relatives of each of the Peacock's crew, who fell or
perished in the late engagement; secondly, for the relief of the wounded and
disabled; and thirdly, should the sum collected be adequate for the purpose,
that the surplus be presented in appropriate sums to the surviving Officers and
Crew, to assist in repairing, in some degree, the losses they may have
sustained, and as a small but grateful token from the Inhabitants of the
United-Colonies of their great admiration of that gallantry, the peculiar
characteristic of British seamen, by which his Majesty's Brig Peacock was
defended by her brave Crew against great superiority, to the last extremity.
4th. That the Hon. Joseph Beete be appointed Treasurer.
5th. That to answer the foregoing excellent purposes, the
following Committee of Gentlemen be appointed, and requested to receive subscriptions
from all members of the community, who justly appreciate meritorious conduct.
The Honourable J. S. Masse, [centered]
Honourable Peter Grant, [centered]
Honourable Joseph Beete, [centered]
Honourable John Wilson, [centered]
Honourable William Austin, [centered]
Reverend W. G. Straghan, [centered]
M. Van Kerkwyk,
J. H. Boode,
6th. That these Resolutions be advertised in the Gazettes of the
Colony, that Gentlemen inclined to assist herein may favour the Committee with
their names and subscriptions.
The meeting was then adjourned to Thursday the 25th March.
W. G. STRAGHAN,
FOR SALE, [centered]
Plantation Good Intent, [centered]
Situated in Pomeroon River, [centered]
Containing 500 Acres of Land, more or less, of which there are 240
Acres in Cotton, 60 Acres in Plantains, 100 Acres of Pasturage, and an
excellent Orchard. On this Property there is a dwelling-house quite new, built
of the best materials, with convenient out-buildings; a logie, ginning house,
sick house, negro houses, &c. To an approved purchaser the price and terms
will be made as easy as possible. For particulars enquire of Messrs. FULLERTON,
OLIVERSON, & Co. or the Subscriber.
Demerary, March 6. W. ROACH.
The Committee for Financial Purposes [centered]
GIVE NOTICE, [centered]
THAT the rest of the Colonial Notes being arrived in the
Spectator, attendance will be given at the house of Mr. JOSEPH BEETE, jun. in
Columbia-District, on Monday, the 15th; Tuesday, the 16th; and Wednesday, the
17th instant, from nine till two o'clock, for the purpose of exchanging them
with the old notes still outstanding.
Columbia-District, March 5, 1813.
THE Subscribers offer for sale - a PUNT; 46 feet keel, 15 beam,
and 8 deep; Mora timbers, planked with brown Sirwabaly, and has a bow and
stern. She will carry from 20 to 30 cords of fire wood.
March 6. B. & M. JACOBS.
THE Subscriber begs leave to inform his Friends in the Colonies of
Demerary, Essequebo, and Berbice, who formerly were, and all others who wish to
become subscribers, for having their Letters and Papers forwarded to and from
Europe, &c. that he still continues to carry on the same business in
Barbados, on his usual terms, namely Twelve Pounds Ten Shillings (Barbados
Currency) per annum, payable in advance, they paying all postages, &c. and
will be much obliged to them, in case of the want of his services in that way,
for a continuance of their favors.
Union-Coffee-House, Demerary, March 6.
RUN-A-WAY - a Negro-Man named Sandy, formerly belonging to Adriana
Dunlop. He is of the Congo nation; about five feet high. Whoever will lodge
the same in the Colony Barracks, or deliver him to J. J. CLELAND, will be
FOR SALE - a healthy, stout, and active Negro. He is a cook or
house-servant, about the age of twenty-three, and has no fault. Enquire of the
Printer. - March 6.
AN excellent SADDLE-HORSE for sale by the Undersigned. He is very
fit for any Gentleman in the Cavalry Corps, and will be sold cheap, or
exchanged for a small Horse that has been accustomed to draw a chaise.
March 4. C. MACRAE.
FOR SALE. [centered]
THE Two Half-Lots, 7 and 8, in Stabroek, with the Building
thereon, now in the occupation of Messrs. J. L. and G. M. FORRESTER, who will
quit on the 1st of May next. The lots will be sold separately if more agreeable
to purchasers; and should they not be disposed of by private sale, previous to
the 1st of May, they will be offered at public vendue. For further information
JOSEPH BEETE, Junr. or
March 4. CHARLES WILDAY,
Attornies of C. D. FORRESTER.
THE Undersigned gives notice, that his Office of Receiver-General
is removed from the house of Messrs. DYETT, M'GAREL, & Co. to his residence
in the district of Robb's-Town, where he will give attendance, the hours
prescribed by the Honourable Court of Policy.
March 5. A. SIMPSON.
MARSHALS' OFFICE. [centered]
BY virtue of an Order from His Honor the President of the
Honourable Court of Criminal and Civil Justice of the United-Colony of Demerary
and Essequebo, &c. &c. &c. I, the undersigned Deputy First Marshal
of the aforesaid Colony, will expose for sale unto the highest bidder, in
presence of two Counsellors-Commissaries of the Honourable Court of Justice,
and their Secretary, at the Court-House, George-Town, on the Sixth day of April
next ensuing -
1st. In behalf of A. Van der Stok, Plaintiff, versus G.
Mahlstedt, Defendant - The Lot of Land, No. 16, situated in George-Town
(Stabroek District), with the Buildings thereon, viz. a Dwelling-House facing
the Middle or Brick-dam; the frame of colony-wood, inclosed with American
lumber, and covered with wallaba shingles, length about 46 feet by 44, with
out-houses; and another Dwelling-House, facing the South-dam of Stabroek, the
frame of hardwood, inclosed with American lumber, and covered with wallaba
shingles, 32 feet by 26, with an out house.
2d. In behalf of John Loudex (free coloured man) Plaintiff,
versus James Mings (free coloured man), Defendant - The Half-Lot No. 189,
situated in the District of Cumingsburg, with the Buildings thereon, viz. a
Dwelling-House, about 30 feet long by 20 ditto, the frame of colony-wood, two
stories high, inclosed with American lumber, and covered with wallaba shingles;
an out-house, serving for a kitchen, in bad order; the half-lot inclosed with
wallaba staves and posts.
Should any person pretend to have any right, title, or claim on
the above-mentioned premises, and wishes to oppose the sale thereof, let such
person or persons address themselves to me, the said Deputy First Marshal,
stating their reasons of opposition in writing, when I will appoint such person
or persons, a day of hearing before the Honourable Court of Justice for the
trial of the same; and those intend to purchase, please attend the day of sale
Rio Demerary and Essequebo, this 5th day of March 1813.
A. M. MEERTENS,
Deputy First Marshal.
IN pursuance of an Appointment of His Honor, THOMAS FRANKLAND,
President of the Hon. Court of Criminal and Civil Justice of these Colonies,
bearing date 25th February, 1813 - I, the undersigned Deputy First Marshal of
the said Colony, in the name and behalf of A. CART, Executor of the Estate of
JOHN BROOKS, deceased, do hereby, for the First Time by Edict, Cite - All known
and unknown Creditors of said estate; to appear before the Honourable Court of
Justice, at their session to be holden in the chief town, Stabroek, on the 19th
of April next, and following days, in order to render their respective claims
in due form; whereas after the expiration of the fourth edict will be proceeded
against the non-appearers according to law.
Demerary, this 5th day of March, 1813.
A. M. MEERTENS,
Deputy First Marshal.
BY Virtue of an Order obtained from His Honor THOMAS FRANKLAND,
President of the Honourable Court of Criminal and Civil Justice of the
United-Colonies of Demerary and Essequebo, &c. &c. &c. bearing date
the 28th day of January last – I, the undersigned Deputy First Marshal of
the aforesaid Colonies, do, by these presents, in the name and behalf of
HYNDMAN & CARY, by Edict, ad valvas curie, Summon, THOMAS
MACKENZIE, his Trustee and general Agent, CHS. MACKENZIE, and all others whom
it may or doth concern – to appear in person, or by proxy, before the
said Honourable Court of Justice, at their Session to be holden in George-Town,
Stabroek, on the Nineteenth of April next ensuing, and following days; in order
then and there to hear the claim and demand to be set forth by the Plaintiff,
the aforesaid Hyndman & Cary; and furthermore to state reasons of
opposition (in case of any) why the arrest served in behalf of the above-named
Plaintiff, on the 15th day of this present month of February, on all monies,
effects, and other properties, now in the hands of the said Hyndman & Cary,
and belonging to the before mentioned Ths. Mackenzie, shall not be confirmed;
to answer on the claim and demand, and further to proceed with the Plaintiff as
the law directs; and in case of default, the said Court shall decide on the
premises as in their wisdom shall seem meet, and according to law.
Rio Demerary and Essequebo, this 17th of February, 1813.
A. M. MEERTENS,
Deputy First Marshal.
[Transcriber's note: the above item did not appear in an earlier
SECRETARY's OFFICE. [centered]
is to inform the Public, that the following Persons intend quitting this
George Johnstone, in fourteen days or by the Brig Bridget, from
the 1st of February.
R. W. Allkins, with one servant, in fourteen days or six weeks,
from the 2d of February.
Jenkins, in fourteen days or six weeks, from the 4th of February.
D. T. Mallony, will transport to Barbados, two Negroes, named
Greenock and Annacilla, the property of Miss Speed, in fourteen days or six
weeks, from the 5th of February.
James Wheelright, and family, and two servants, in one month, or
six weeks from the 12th of February.
Allen Dalzell, and Lady, with two servants, in fourteen days or
one month, from the 13th of February.
Francis P. Walcotte, in fourteen days, or six weeks, from the 19th
The Honourable Anthony Meertens, and family, and two servants,
with the next Convoy.
Mathew Thomson, in one month, or six weeks, from the 25th of
Francis Owens, in fourteen days, from the 26th of February.
Amelia Godding, and a servant named Mary, in fourteen days, or six
weeks, from the 26th of February.
William M'Pherson, in fourteen days, or six weeks, from the 27th
Thomas Lowthian, in fourteen days, or with the Ship Lune, from the
1st of March.
I. C. H. Kuster, in fourteen days, or six weeks, from the 1st of
William Chorley, and one servant, in
fourteen days, or by the April Convoy, from the 4th of March.
Hugh Munro, in 14 days, from the 5th of March.
George Bonyan, in fourteen days, or six weeks, from the 6th of
Thomas Smith, in fourteen days, or with the April Convoy, from the
6th of March.
Secretary's Office, Demerary, March 6, 1813.
note: no new or modified vendues in this issue.]
DEMERARY, &c. [centered]
At a Meeting of the Court of Policy of the Colony of Demerary and
Essequebo, at its Extraordinary Assembly, held at the Colony-House, in
His Excellency Major-General H. L. CARMICHAEL,
His Honor, J. S. MASSE, [centered]
Acting President of the Court of Justice. [centered]
The Honourable W. ROBERTSON, Fiscal, [centered]
And the Honourable Members, [centered]
PETER GRANT, JOHN WADDELL, & JOSEPH BEETE,
The Hon. JAMES JOHNSTONE. [centered]
Friday, March 5, 1813, [centered]
(After Prayers.) [centered]
The Court being assembled, His Excellency the Acting-Governor was
pleased to address them as follows:
"GENTLEMEN - I was deprived, by an unavoidable accident, the
pleasure of meeting you yesterday, and personally laying before you certain
papers, to be transmitted to His Majesty's Ministers by the Packet.
For the honour conferred by your Resolution, so highly flattering,
and just handed to me, I cannot sufficiently express my thanks and grateful
feelings; particularly reflecting, that the only merit I can claim, is strictly
following those principles of loyalty and patriotism, early imbibed in the
British army - when, on certain occasions, as at present, I had accidentally to
act as the humble Representative of my gracious Sovereign in a civil capacity;
I kept in remembrance, upon all judicial proceedings, the motto of a late Lord
Chancellor - Be just, and fear not!
When involved in difficulties and embarrassing duties, either in
the Field or Secretary's Office, I ever found conscious rectitude, a faithful
ally that never deserted or deceived.
In an extraordinary and unprecedented predicament, for several
months obliged to exercise discretionary powers, our opinions vibrated
invariably in unison towards the one grand object - the good of the colony; - a
few misguided individuals shewed an inclination to give opposition, the effects
of which may on revert upon themselves.
I have, Gentlemen, anxiously endeavoured
to conciliate misunderstanding, and discountenance any approach to party or
dissension - I had the satisfaction upon this, as well as other similar
occasions, to meet your decided support and cordial concurrence. The line of
conduct that has acquired the approbation I most esteem (that of wise and honourable
men), shall be pursued in undeviating course; at the same time, firmly relying
upon the just discrimination of His Majesty's Ministers, and their impartial
report to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent - retaining constantly in view,
Gentlemen, those sublime sentiments, expressed by the Poet -
"What Conscience dictates to be done,
"Or warms me not to do;
"This, teach me more than Hell to shun,
"That, next to Heaven pursue."
With this polar-guide, Gentlemen, and actuated by loyalty and
duty, I trust, when called upon, I shall be prepared to give an account of my
public services to my God and my Sovereign, whose mercy and benevolence will
make every allowance for human error."
The Acting-Governor having concluded, the Court proceeded to the
business of the day.
Clerk to the Court of Policy.
By His Excellency Major-General HUGH LYLE CARMICHAEL,
Acting-Governor in and over the Colony of Demerary and Essequebo, &c.
&c. and the Honourable the COURT of POLICY of the said Colony:
Unto all whom it may concern - Greeting, be it known:
WHEREAS by our Proclamation, bearing date the 29th of January, and
published the 6th of February last, the rate of exchange at which the Colonial
Receiver was to take Bills of Exchange in payment of Taxes, was fixed at f 13
per pound sterling.
We have thought fit, for divers reasons thereunto us moving, to
alter and amend said Ordinance; and to desire the respective Receivers of the
King's and Colonial Chests will take such Bills as they approve them, in
payment of Taxes, at the rate of f 12 10 to the
pound sterling, until further notice.
And that no ignorance may be pretended of this our Ordinance,
these Presents shall be published, and affixed, for general information.
Given at our Extraordinary Assembly, held at the Colony-House,
George-Town, this 5th day of March, and Published the 6th following.
(Signed) H. L. CARMICHAEL.
Clerk of the Court of Policy.
We have no arrival to announce in the present Number.
COURT OF KING'S BENCH, LONDON. [centered]
JOSEPH V. KNOX. [centered]
This was an action of trover to recover the value of 232 cases of
merchandise, shipped by plaintiff on board the Mary, a vessel belonging to
defendants, which was bound for Surinam. It appeared in evidence, that the Mary
sailed with a convoy for Surinam, and that in consequence of convoy not being
able to beat up for Surinam, and the Captain thinking it imprudent to leave the
convoy, he went first to Berbice, and then to Grenada, where the Captain sold
the goods in question, thinking it for the interest of all concerned; - but
Lord Ellenborough held, that it was no defence, and that plaintiffs were
entitled to recover the difference between what the goods brought at Grenada,
and what they would have probably brought at Surinam; and it was agreed to
refer this amount of the award to one of the Jury. Mr. Tapping contended, that
the plaintiffs could only recover part of their demand, as it would appear in
evidence that they were merely the agents of a house in Amsterdam; but Lord
Ellenborough held, that they had a special property, which was sufficient to
enable them to maintain an action of trover.
THE LICENCE TRADE. [centered]
It having been stated, that it is the intention of the British
Government, to put a stop to the trade, carried on with the French under
licence of both Governments; a few details (extracted from a late London Paper)
of the conditions under which these licences have been granted by Bonapart, the
manner in which the trade is carried on, and the duties imposed upon the
imports of colonial produce into France, will perhaps not be without interest
to many of our readers:-
"The first and indispensible condition of a French Licence for the
importation of colonial produce from England into France is, an exportation
from France into England of equal value, one-third or two-thirds in French
manufactured goods, and one or two thirds in the produce of the French soil.
This condition is intended to prevent the rise of our exchange by our exports,
to favour the French manufacturers and cultivators, and to injure our
"The difficulty of obtaining French licences, which are generally
granted to persons not in trade and by them sold, and the danger and expence of
complying with the conditions of export from France of manufactured articles,
which is not sanctioned by the permission of our Government, are the reasons of
the exorbitant freights paid to the French ship owners, or possessors of a
licence, which freight in most instances exceeds the value of goods here.
"But the immense revenue to the French finances, is the most
powerful inducement for the French Government to grant those licences; and by
the conditions of them this advantage is obtained, without giving up any of
their hostile measures against our commerce.
"Since the beginning of the year 1810, licences were granted by
the French Government; but in the first instance only on a limited scale, and
chiefly for articles of the most urgent necessity, viz. hides, medicines, and a
few dying drugs. Early in the present year (1812) the system was extended, the
number of licences increased, and more articles added. In February 68 licences
were granted for the different ports of France, in which colonial produce was
included, and which were chiefly used for the exportation of coffee, raw sugar,
and indigo. The following statement of the value of goods exported by the
medium of these licences, and of the advantages derived by the French
ship-owners and by the French Government, will prove the policy of putting a
stop to this trade.
Value of Exports by a Vessel of 500 Tons. [centered]
200 Chests Indigo 50,000lbs at 3s.
180 Tons Coffee, 5,620 cwt. At 50s.
100 Tons Sugar, 2,000 cwt. At 40
For these Exports the French Ship Owners made the following
50,000lbs. Indigo at 5 francs
5,620 cwt. Coffee 365,000lbs.
Averdupois, at 1f.
2000 cwt. Sugar 206,080lbs, da, 1f.
or £ 43,220
For 68 Ships, fr.
The amount of Duties on the importation
into France of the same goods are -
50,000lbs. Indigo, or 23,000
kilograms, at 9 fr. and 1c.
180 Tons Coffee, or 182,500
killograms, at 4 fr. and 10 c.
100 Tons Sugar, or 103,080
killograms, at 3 fr. and 10 c.
or £ 72,152
68 Ships, 93,200,000 fr. or £ 4,900,000
"Thus an export of about two millions and three hundred thousand
pounds sterling, limited in its beneficial effects by unfavourable conditions,
yielded to the French ship-owners freights of near three million pounds
sterling, and to the French Government a revenue of near five million pounds
sterling, or 93 million francs."
Acting under the correct impression, that the late heroic struggle
for supremacy over a greatly superior adversary, although not successful -
nevertheless is entitled to a grateful commemoration; it will be observed, that
a considerable number of Gentlemen assembled on Thursday last, at Marsh's
Hotel, and resolved in a manner honourable to their humanity, as well as
illustrative of their characteristic policy and public-spirit. - We allude to
what appears in our first page, on the loss of the Peacock of sloop of war,
and, what is more to be lamented, the commander this station has been so long
in want of.
The Adjourned First Grand Session of the Court of Justice for the
present year, commences on Monday.
The remaining Paper-Money, intended for this colony, is at last
arrived. The exchange commences on Monday next, at the usual place.
Without detracting the least from the intrinsic merits of the
case, or obscuring one ray of that glory which must ever encircle her name; it
is presumed from the following circumstance, that the Ramoncita's late
adversary, was not the Hornet; and that the announcement made to that effect,
to her gallant defenders, was merely for the purpose of intimidation. - There
is a letter in town, which states, that the America privateer ship of sixteen
guns and 100 men, had returned to Salem in a shattered state - that the captain
reported he had a severe engagement with a vessel off Madeira - that he lost
upwards of forty men - and that previous to the action, an exchange of boats
MONTHLY RETURN OF BIRTHS.
MONTHLY OBITUARY. [centered]
February 3. George Lockett, Supename, Essequebo.
6. William T. Wake, Werk & Rust.
7. Robert Williamson, Plantation Unity.
8. J. Brooks, Bridge-Town.
9. William Langley, drowned.
9. W. F. Dobbrausky, do.
10. L. Wischropp, Plantation Friend.
11. E. Hopker, Essequebo River.
15. Eleanor Mathews Harriot, Kingston.
17. Henry Taitt, Plantation Zorg & Hoop.
19. Rudolph Onink, Plantation Wittenburg.
22. Andrew Welsh, Kingston.
23. Gaspard Fontaine, Plantation Le Reduit.
FREE COLOURED [centered]
[right pointing hand icon] No Returns made. [centered]
Note - The following White was reported too late for the last
Obituary. - January 23. W. Davidson, Plantation Perseverance, Essequebo.
and ARRESTED SLAVES, [centered]
the Colony-Stocks of Demerary. [centered]
Pl. Orange Nassau,
Pl. Vryheid's Lust.
Pl. Marias Lodge.
a negro of C. M'rae.
6. F. STRUNKAY, Scout.
Printed and Published, every Tuesday and Saturday Afternoon.
By Edward James Henery. [centered]