Essequebo and Demerary Gazette 1804 February 25


Ao. 1804 )


( No. 61.


Essequebo and Demerary





Saturday, the 25th of February.

( Continued from the last No. )
Art: 6
An Orderly Book to be Kept.
In each Battalion there is to be kept an Orderly Book in which, besides a Muster of the Burghers as they are divided in Companies with the variations arising by death, absence, &c. are to be registered all general orders respecting the Militia, whether issued by Government and the Court of Policy, or by the Commanding Officers. also the nominations sent in to the Court for new Officers and all other occurrences relating to the Militia. The said Orderly Book shall be kept by the Adjutant, under the Inspection of the Majors of the Battalions, who shall transmit very thee Months an Abstract thereof signed by them, to the Major Commandant, in order to its being laid together with the Returns herein before required by the last preceeding [sic] Article, before the Court of Policy. The form in which these Extracts as well as the Returns aforesaid are to be made, shall be fixed by the Major Commandant so as to be Uniform for each Battalion.
Art: 7.
Persons settling in a District, or removing from thence, to report the same.
Persons intending to change their Residence from any of the aforesaid districts to another, shall be bound to give Information thereof to the Captain of the Company they belong to, on pain of forfeiting a Sum of Five and Twenty Guilders; similar notice shall be given by the Inhabitants within eight days whenever any Person is come to live with them in their Employ or otherwise, or is leaving them, and also by all persons who come to reside, independent of others, in any of the said Districts; all on pain of forfeiting One Hundred and Fifty Guilders. These particulars are to be transmitted Monthly by the Captains of Companies to the Major of the Battalion in order to their being entered in the Orderly or Muster Book - The Inhabitants are also agreeable to the existing Laws, to continue giving Information to their Burgher Captain every time any of their Slaves happen to runaway from them, which Information shall be included in the Quarterly Returns to be given in as afore said by the Majors to the Governor and Court.
Art: 8.
Persons claiming Exemption on Account of their Age, to Prove the same.
Persons claiming an Exemption from Militia Duties on the score of Age, shall if required, be obliged to produce an attested extract of their Birth Register, and if they have no such Document, to make Oath to their Age.
Art: 9.
Who are to be Exempted from Milita [sic] Duty.
From the Militia Duties are exempted (unless required for particular reasons by the Governors and Court of Policy,) the Members of the respective Courts of Policy and Justice and their Secretaries, the Fiscalls [sic] and inferior Police Officers, the Governor's and Commandeur's Secretaries, the Book Keeper General, the Receivers of the Sovereign's and Colonial Funds, the Vendue Masters, the Officer of the Customs and Naval Officer, the Post-master, Persons in holy orders and those who are admitted to practise Physic or Surgery - likewise Persons rendered unfit for Service by the Bodily Infirmities and all others to whom the Governor and Court may already have been or yet be induced, for particular reasons to grant such Exemption.
Art: 10.
The Governor to be considered as Chief.
The Burgher Militia are to consider and respect the Governor in time being or his Representative as their Chief, and obey all his orders and those of the Governor and the Court of Policy, also in Essequebo, the orders of the Commandeur.
Art: 11.
Disobedience of Officers. how to be Punished.
Every Officer of the Burgher Militia who may designedly neglect or refuse to obey the Orders of his superior Officer, shall for such or other breach of Discipline, be fined or broken and disgraced, according to the Exigency of the case. Whenever a case of that kind occurs, the Major Commandant on the information transmitted to him by the Major of the Battalion to which the Officer arraigned belongs, shall immediately order a Court of Enquiry, consisting of five Officers (it being understood that in no case an Officer of inferior rank to the party accused shall preside) before which Court the party shall be obliged to appear on pain of confinement, and be heard as well as his Accuser. A report of the proceedings of such Court of Enquiry and of the evidence given, with their opinion upon it, shall thereupon be transmitted to the Major Commandant and by the latter to the Governor, with whom and the Court of Policy it will then lie, on Examination of these proceedings, to inflict either of the Punishments abovementioned, as circumstances may appear to them to require.
Art: 12.
Disobedience or Misdemeanors in Burghers, how Punished.
The Non commissioned Officers and private Burghers are in like manner to pay due respect to their Officers, and in all matters relating to the Service, to execute their orders without any demur. - In case of any non commissioned Officer or private, when under arms, or on duty, refusing to obey orders or conducting himself improperly or offering resistance to his Officers, it shall be Lawful for the Officer or non commissioned Officer commanding on such occasion to order him in arrest and have him confined; at the same time giving Information to the Officer next superior in rank, so that it may reach the Major of the Battalion, who shall thereupon without delay order a Court of Enquiry to be held, consisting of one Captain and two Lieutenants. - This Court is to investigate the case, and according to its nature may adjudge the party accused in a fine, which however is never to exceed the Sum of One Hundred Guilders, should the Court of Enquiry be of opinion that the Offence is deserving of a more severe correction than a pecuniary fine, they are to report their opinion to the Major of the Battallion [sic], and the latter to the Major Commandant of the River, who is to represent the matter to the Governor or Commandent [sic] of Essequebo, with whom it will then lie to inflict such greater Punishment either by prolonging the confinement or otherwise, as the nature of the offence shall appear to them to require.
Art: 13.
Vacant Places of Officers, how supplied
Whenever a place of Lieutenant of Burghers becomes vacant, the Major of the Battalion it concerns shall jointly with the Captain and remaining Officers of the Company to which the late Lieutenant was attached, name three Persons and return them to the Major Commandant in order to be laid before the Court of Policy at the then next ensuing Session, that the Court may appoint one of the three Persons so named to be Lieutenant aforesaid; but the Court always reserves to itself the appointment of the Majors, Captains and Adjutants. The Surgeons, Assistent [sic] Surgeons, Quarter Masters and Sergeant Majors, are to be appointed by the Governor, at the Recommendation of the Majors Commandants.
Art: 14.
Persons refusing to accept of Officers Places, to pay a Fine.
Persons refusing without Lawful reasons, to be approved of by the Court, to accept of a place of Officer when appointed thereto, shall forfeit for the profit of the Colony, as follows, viz. . . A Major, . . . . f. 3000.
. . . . . . . . A Captain, . . . . 2000.
And . . . . . . A Lieutenant, . . . 1000.
Art: 15.
Officers absenting themselves, to Notify the same.
Officers intending to be absent for some Days from their companies or Battalions are to signify the same in writing to the Captain of their company, and if the Captain himself, to the Major of the Battalion; and like notice is also to be given in such case by the Captain to the Senior Lieutenant, in order that the latter may in case of emergency act in his room during his Absence.
Art: 16.
Sergeants and Corporals, how appointed.
The Sergeants and Corporals shall be appointed by the Majors of the Battalions, together with the Captain and other Officers of each company in the proportion of one Sergeant and one Corporal to Fifteen Men. Persons refusing without approved reasons, to accept of these situations, are to forfeit a fine of f. 400. to the Colony.
Art: 17.
Every Burgher shall furnish himself with a Firelock and Bayonet, and a cartridge-box with eighteen ball cartridges, fitting the said Firelock, and is moreover to keep in his House an addition quantity of 36 ball cartridges and 12 flints, which Arms, Accoutrements and Ammunition are at all times to be kept compleat and in good order. - Those who on Inspection of Arms, shall be found defective, shall forfeit for the first time, a penal Sum of f. 22 for the second time, a double amount and for the third time, the Defaulter shall be confined for eight days, and if longer persisting in not providing himself with Arms, Accoutrements and Ammunition as before required, or in not keeping the same in proper order, he shall then on representation to the Governor and Court, be sent from the Colony.
In the Country Districts the above Fines shall be levied on the Proprietors of Estates, who are bound to see that all Persons in their Employ or living on their on their Estates, be provided with Arms &c. as before required; but in the Town of Stabroek, Arms and Ammunition shall be furnished, at the Expence of the Colony, to such Burghers as are bona-fide unable to go to the Expence of providing the same themselves, subject to such Regulations for preventing the Waste and Embezzlement of any Arms or Accoutrements so furnished, as the Major Commandant shall deem necessary.
( To be Continued in the next No. )

King's-House, Demerary, 21st February 1804.
General Colonial Orders.
The Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to appoint Richard Wells, Jacobus Meertens, and Christian F. Tinne Esqrs to be his Aid - de Camps on the Militia Establishment of the Colonies of Essequebo and Demerary, with the Rank of Major, and they are to be Obeyed as such.
By Command,
Geo. Eddington, Mily Secty.


By His Honor Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nicholson, Lieutenant Governor in and over the Colonies of Essequebo and Demerary, President in all Courts and Colleges, &c. &c. &c.
By virtue of the Power vested in me by the Act for Regulating the Militia Establishment of the Colony, I have made the following Appointments on the said Establishment.
To be Quarter-Master to Ditto, Mr. J. C. Wolff.
To be Assistant Surgeon to Ditto, Mr. Henry B. Gall.
To be Adjutant to the second Battalion of Demerary, with the rank of youngest Captain, J. C. Brandt Esqr.
And I do hereby require all Persons whom it may concern to take Notice thereof accordingly.
Given at the King's-House in Demerary, this 24th of February 1804.
Robert Nicholson, Lt. Gov.
By Command,
P. F. Tinne, Secretary.

Bekendmaakingen, Van de Secretary. [heading]

Alzoo de Heer Gifford Long Davis, meerderjaarig Jong man ter eenre en Mejuffrouw Sarah Austin, meerderjaarige Jonge Dochter ter andere zyde beide geboren te Barbados van voorneemens zyn met elkander een wettig Huwelyk aan te gaan, zoo als dezelve ook reeds op heden voor Heeren Raaden Commissarissen uit den Edelen Achtbaaren Hove van Justitie dezer Rivier in Ondertrouw zyn opgenomen, zoo wordt zulks mits dezen aan elk en een iegelyk bekend gemaakt, ten einde die geenen, welke vermeenen zich regens dit voorgenomen Huwelyk te kunnen opponeeren; zulks in tyd te doen, daar en waar het behoort.
Actum ter Secretary van Rio Demerary dezen 18 February 1804
In kennisse van my J. C. Stadtman, gezw. Clercq.

Alzoo W. J. Prout van voorneemens is binnen den tyd van veertien dagen van hier te vertrekken, zoo wordt zulks mits dezen bekend gemaakt, ten einde die geenen, welke iets van hem te pretendeeren hebben, of aan hem verschuldigd zyn, hunne pretensien koomen ontvangen, of hunne schulden betaalen ter zyner Domicilium.
Actum ter Secretary van Rio Demerary dezen Febr. 1804
In Kennisse van my J. C. Stadtman, gezw. Clercq.

Alle die geenen, welke iets te pretendeeren hebben van, of[illegible] verschuldigd zyn aan wylen den Heer D. Cameron, gelieven daar van opgaveen betaling te doen binnen den tyd van ses Weeken ten huyze van den Heer A. Shanks, als Executeur in welgem, Boedel of wel ter Secretary alhier.
Actum ter Secretary van Rio Demerary dezen 23 February 1804.
In kennisse van my J. C. Stadtman, gezw. Clercq.

Alzoo de Heer Hendrik Swart van voorneemens is binnen den tyd van vier weeken van hier te vertrekken, zoo wordt zulks mits dezen bekend gemaakt, ten einde die geenen, welke iets van hem, zoo in prive[accent] als q. q. te pretendeeren hebben, of aan hem verschuldigd zyn, hunne pretensien koomen ontvangen, of hunne schulden betalen ter zyner Domicilium by den Heer S. F. Narjes op de Plantagie le Repentir.
Actum ter Secretary van Rio Demerary, dezen 15 Febr. 1804.
In kennisse van my J. C. Stadtman gezw. Clercq.


The Commissary of the Vendue advertises that on Thursday the 1st of March will be Exposed for Sale to the highest Bidders, by order of Mr. Newton, at his Store in front of Plantation Vlissingen; - A large assortment of Dry Goods, consisting of callicoes, chintz, platillias, Tambour, strip'd check'd, plain & lappet muslins, pullicat and Madras handkerchiefs, brown holland &c.
Demerary February 15th 1804. E. N. Wichers.

The Commissary of the Vendue advertises that on Monday the 5th of March will be Exposed for Sale to the highest Bidders, by order of Mr. J. G. Cloot de Nieuwerkirk q. q. Wm. Cort & Roderick Cozier as Executors to the Estate of Johd [sic] Lewis deceased. A Dwelling House situated on the front of Plantation Vlissingen. The half of a Schooner Boat, also a Boat Negro, some clothes, and a parcel of books.
Demerary, 25th February 1804. E. N. Wichers.

The Commissary of the Vendue advertises that on Wednesday the 7th of March, will be Exposed for Sale to the highest Bidders at the House of Messrs Touson & Coninck, by I. H. H. Touson, H. D. Obermulder & P. C. J. Van Ryssel as Executors to the Estate of Mr. G. J. Coninck; - An assortment of Dry Goods, Provisions, super fine wines, spa water and Iron work, also a parcel of House Furniture &c.
Demerary, Febry 25th 1804. E. N. Wichers.


All those to whom the Estate of the deceased John Adams is Indebted, are requested to render their Accounts to the first Subscriber before the last of March, and those Indebted, will please make immediate Payment
Thos Milbourn,
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804. M. Visser. q. q.

The Subscriber requests all Persons who have unsettled Accounts against Plantation Ruby in Essequebo, to render the same either to himself on said Plantation, or to Mr. G. I. Goppy in Stabroek, in order that they may be settled as speedily as possible.
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804. Rchd. Clement.

The Subscribers will Expose for sale on Friday next the 2d of March, at the Store of Messrs. McInroy, Sandbach, McBean & Co. on the front Ground of Plantation Werk & Rust.
Two Hundred and Eighteen Prime Gold Coast Slaves; say, Chantees, Fantees and Coromantees, Imported in the Ship Minerva, Capt. Silcock from Cape Coast.
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804. Walcott & Forrester.

Just Imported, and for Sale by the Subscribers; White pine Lumber, shingles, staves, W. O. shooks, salt fish, Tobacco in barrels, old Coniac brandy in kegs, Gin in cases, superfine flour, mould candles, soap, beef and pork &c. They also have on Sale, an elegant English Horse and Chaise.
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804. G. I. Goppy & Co.

Just Imported, and for Sale by the Subscribers;
Excellent Old bottled Port Wine.
Demerary Febry 25th 1804. Andrw. & Adam Smith.

For London.
To Sail with the first Convoy, the Ship Phoebe, Godfrey Grundle Master, about 220 Tons. Those who wish to Ship Produce in the above Vessel are requested to apply to
Berbice, 10th February 1804. Webbe Hobson.

N.B. N.B. N.B.
Hugo Cantzlaar, j z having returned to this Colony, Informs his former Clients that he has resumed his Profession as Attorney at Law. He has entered into Partnership with the Honbl. F. P. Van Berckel L L D. His domicilium is in Stabroek. nearly opposite the late Tavern, on the Middle Dam
Demerary, February 25th 1804.

SEE and BELIEVE, [heading]
Mr. Harrison begs leave to Inform the Public in general, that he intends leaving Demerary by the first Opportunity; until when, he will continue to Exhibit his LEARNED PIG, , at Six Guilders each Person, and Children half price every Evening. Wednesday's and Friday's will be appropriated to Persons of Colour. - Those who have not yet seen this Wonderful Animal, will do well to embrace the present Opportunity, as it will never come into this Colony again. Select Parties of Five or upwards will be attended to at any hour of the day. Or the PIG will be conveyed to any House or Plantation for a company of Twenty Persons, they furnishing a conveyance for the Animal, at One Hour's Notice to the Proprietor.
N. B. To do away all Idea of Imposition, Any Person dissatisfied with the Performance, will have their Money returned at the door.
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804.

For Sale at the Store of the Subscribers on Werk & Rust; Cordage, Temper line and Irish potatoes, claret, port, Medoc and Malaga Wines, old Hock, Dutch Plantation tools, tobacco, Pecco tea and writing paper.
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804. Remy & Boter.

The Undersigned acquaints his Friends and the Public in general, that the Executrix of D. Taayspel, deceased, and himself have by mutual consent dissolved the Copartnership between him and said D. Taayspel, for the lower half of the Pearl; he requests all Accounts against said Estate, since the first of September last, to be rendered to him on said Estate.
Demerary, 25th February 1804. A. Layne.

The Subscriber from a long Infirm state of Health, being anxiously desirous to try a change of Climate in order to his Recovery, begs leave earnestly to request those who were Indebted to him at the 31st of Decr: last, whose Accounts remain unpaid, to discharge the same, that he might be enabled to satisfy the demands of others against him; - It being his wish to leave the Colony free of Debt. Many Accounts on the face of his books have been due several years.
Those to whom he is Indebted, are requested to render their Accounts for Payment, The Business of his Shop will be carried on in his absence as heretofore. He trusts to the Satisfaction of those Gentlemen who have kindly favoured him with their Custom, as well as to those who may in future favour him. To the former, he begs leave to return his most grateful thanks.
Demerary, February 25th 1804 H. M. Waldron.

RUNAWAY. [heading]
From the Subscriber, a New Negro Man named Hector, about five feet eight inches tall, thinly made, with a remarkable scar on his left arm, occasioned by being shot there when very young. He had on when he went away, a white hat, and an oznabrugs trowsers, Whoever will apprehend him and send him to the Colony Barracks Stabroek, or to the Subscriber, shall be Rewarded.
Demerary, Febry 25th 1804. E. Jones.

Taken-Up in the Subscriber's Stable. A Light coloured COW. The right Owner is requested to come and take her away.
Demerary February 25th 1804 Frs. Bynoe.

All Persons that are Indebted or have any Claims against the Estate of the late Mrs. Sarah Martin, are requested to pay their Debts, or lay over their Claims at the Orphan Chamber, or to Mr. T. Milbourn, as Executors, before the 1st of April next, in order that the state may be formed and laid over to the Honbl: Court of Justice, after which, the remaining unpaid Debts shall be put into the hands of a Lawyer, and against the non-appearing Creditors shall be requested an Eternal Silence.
F. A. Vernede, Prov: Griffier,
Demerary, Febry. 25th 1804 Thos. Milbourn, q. q.

Doctor Beckurts acquaints the Public once more, that, as he positively intends to quit this Colony in the Month of April next ensuing, he requests those that he might be indebted to, to call on him for payment, and that those who are indebted to him, will come forward with payment previous to the 15th day of March next, or he will be compell'd to put his claims in the hands of his Lawyer to enforce payment by a due course of Law.
Demerary, Febr. 25th 1804.

Imported in the Ship Horatio, Henry Bond Master from Liverpool, and for sale by the Subscriber at his Store opposite the Union Coffee-House, for Immediate Payment. - Hams, single and double Gloster cheese, potatoes in barrels and hampers, mess beef in half barrels, ox tongues in do. firkins rose butter, lyng fish in boxes, refined salt in tierces, bottled porter in puncheons and tierces, bottled strong beer in tierces, bottled slender ditto in ditto, Madeira wine per dozen, boots and shoes, boot hooks, Ladies colour'd shoes, Childrens ditto, Gentlemens superfine beaver hats, green silk under do. green chip do. black hats, Gentlemens fashionable superfine cloth coats, earthen ware in crates, Genlemen [sic] & Ladies Saddles with plated stirrups &c double and single rein'd plated bridles, Gig and hunting whips, fashionable Military and patent spurs with leatherns, curry combs and brushes, Umbrella cases, cotton bagging, building lime in hhds, bricks, Negro pipes, Iron pots assorted, nails, Essence of spruce in pots, magnesia, peruvian bark, glauber salts, cammomile flowers, &c. Also lately Imported from America Superfine Flour in whole and half barrels.
Demerary, February 25th 1804. R. Forshaw.

Daar de Ondergetekenden voorneems zyn gezamentlyk pretensien &c. ter incasseering aan te neemen, verzoeken zy [illegible] gust van een ieder, die hun daarmede kunnen en gelieven te ch[illegible] geeren, zullende geen moeite of werk spaaren, om de hun opgedragene zaaken, zoo exact en spoedig mogelyk, af te maaken, [illegible] daar dezelve genoeg bekend zyn, durven zy hooper, dat zy hunne Begunstigers ten besten zullen voldoen. Iemand dezelve wellen[illegible] emploijeeren, gelieve zich te addresseeren by een van de Ondergetekenden op de Zuyddam van Stabroek in het huys voorheen door den Heer Oninck bewoond.
Stabroek den 17 Febr. 1804. W. J. H. Kelderman.
A. Vermey.

List of Runaway and arrested Slaves, on this 23d day of February 1804,

in the Stocks of Demerary.

Lyst der op heden den 23 February 1804, zig in arrest bevindende

Weglopper slaaven, in Rio Demerary.



By whom brought.






11de West-Indische Reg.

Jane Betsy.

Mr. Beresford.

Post Iveleary.


Van Well.

F. Kroll.






Dito. [sic – Dutch]



Post Mahaica.



Pl. Goede Hoop.














J. Freese.

Post Mahaica.


van Kingschot.




Dito. [sic – Dutch]


J. Ogle.




Pl. Meerzorg.



Ord. Fiscaal.


James Ogle.

Pl. Industry.





Miss Kier.

Pl. Re Souvenir.


Prins Pole.

F. Fileun.






Ord. Fiscaal.


W. Casey.




Pl. Goed Fortuin.


Mr. Fraser.

De Dienders.














Mr. Russel.



Miss Young.



John Jones.



George Laing.







J. Appelton.


G. Laing.

Pl. Providence.


Jan Henderson.



Capt. Sheldrack.







Paul Smith.



J. Crone.


Torya in Berbice.

J. van Genderen.






Edwd. Berwinghan.


Juffrouw Warroos.

H. Nolte.




And Twenty-two New Negroes, the names of their Owners unknown.
Voorts Twee en twintig Nieuwe Negers, waarvan men de naamen der Eygenaar niet kan ontwaar worden
J. Runnels, Drossaart

Printed and Published by E. J. Henery, Stabroek.

to the
Essequebo and Demerary

Saturday, the 25th of February.

Printed by E. J. Henery, Stabroek.


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