Essequebo and Demerary Gazette 1804 November 24


Ao. 1804 )


( No. 100.


Essequebo and Demerary





Saturday, the 24th of November.

By His Excellency the Governor and the Court of Policy of the Colonies of Essequebo & Demerary, and their Dependencies &c. &c. &c. Unto all whom these Presents may or shall Concern, Greeting, Be it known:
Whereas the Government Chest is at present wholly destitute of the necessary Funds to make good the different Payments that must be defrayed from it for carrying on the Public Service.
We therefore, on His Excellency the Governor's proposition, have resolved to levy, and hereby do levy the Capitation Tax for the Year 1803, and also the arreared Capitation Tax for the Year 1797, to be Paid by each and every Slaveholder, agreeable to the established mode and in the same manner as the Taxes last raised for the Years 1802 and 1796, viz: at the Rate of Three Guilders ten stivers respectively for each and every Working Male or Female Slave past 12 Years of Age and of One Guilder for all Children from 3 to 12 Years.
It is also ordered in compliance with the system established by the existing Ordinances of Taxing House-Slaves at a higher rate, that all Persons Possessing Three Male or female House or Domestic Slaves or less, shall Pay for each of them the Sum of Six Guilders.
Those Possessing Four, a Sum of Ten Guilders as above.
Those Possessing Five, a Sum of Fifteen Guilders as above.
Those Possessing Six, a Sum of Twenty Guilders as above.
Those Possessing Seven, a Sum of Twenty-five Guilders as above.
Those Possessing Eight, a Sum of Thirty Guilders as above.
Those Possessing Nine and upwards, a Sum of Forty Guilders.
From which encreased rate of Head-Money respecting House or domestic Slaves, are however to be exempted all Planters residing on their Estates, also the Governor to the number of 20 Domestic Slaves, the Members of the respective Courts, the Secretaries of the Courts, the Receivers of the Government and Colony Chests, and the vendue masters, to the number of six House Slaves, and all other Persons in Public Employ, who are obliged to reside in the chief Towns or their Precincts, to that of Four Domesticks.
Tradesmen are to Pay for each Slave they Employ in their respective Arts or Trades, Seven Guilders.
All free Women of Colour shall Pay for their own Persons a sum of Ten Guilders: - the other Regulations respecting free Men of Colour to remain in force as established by other Ordinances in this behalf.
And in order the collecting of the necessary returns and the Payment of the said Head-Money may be completed in a regular manner, We do hereby, in respect firstly to the Tax for 1803, order and direct as follows;
That all Planters in these Colonies, whether Proprietors or Attornies, shall give in before the 15th day of March 1805, exact returns, subscribed by them under a tender of Oath, of the Slaves on each Plantation belonging to them or under their Administration, according to the number of the said Slaves up to the 31st December 1804, which particulars are to be given in as pointed out in the blank returns that will be left for the purpose with the Burgher Captains in the respective Districts and at the Offices of the Receivers of the Government Chest in both Rivers.
That further such of the Inhabitants as, tho' residents on, are not Proprietors of any Estates, and also those residing in the respective Towns or their Precincts, or in any other place in the Colonies not being a Plantation, shall likewise be obliged to give in exact returns under a tender of Oath, of his, her or their Male or Female Slaves, Domesticks, Handicraft and other Slaves according to their number in 1802, for which purpose blank returns to be filled up as aforesaid by the Inhabitants coming within these descriptions, shall be left for them with the Burgher Captains and Receivers respectively in like manner as herein before-mentioned with regard to the returns concerning Owners of Estates or their Attornies.
And in respect to the Return of Slaves for the Year 1797, it is hereby directed that the same are to be made in like manner as herein before required for the Year 1803, but that as to such Persons as may find themselves unable to supply these particulars in the manner to be pointed out by the blank returns, it will be sufficient for them, and they are hereby ordered accordingly, to give in the general number of Slaves, for which Colony Taxes were Paid in the same Year, to be ascertained, if necessary, by a reference to the Books of the Receiver of the Colony Chest; of the general number so given in, one third is then to be deducted and to be considered as Invalids and Sucklings (these not being included in the Capitation Tax), so that Payment of the Capitation Tax now levied for the Year 1797 shall in such case be made, at the rate of f 3 10 before-mentioned, for two thirds of the general number of Slaves returned that Year to the Receiver of Colony Taxes. [para]The different returns before-mentioned are to be filled up with the utmost accuracy, so as distinctly to state the number of Slaves of each description therein mentioned, as well as the general number of Slaves on each Plantation in the Year 1803 and also, if possible, in the Year 1797.
It is further ordered that Payment of the Capitation Tax for the Year 1803 shall be made before the 15th day of March 1805, at the same time of giving in the returns herein before required; and that Payment of the Capitation Tax for the Year 1797, shall be made before the 1st day of August thereto next following, the whole in Cash, Bills of Exchange to the satisfaction of the Receivers, or in approved Claims against the Government Chest.
It is also ordered that the respective Receivers of the Government Chest shall for the purpose of receiving the different Returns and Payments herein before respectively required, give attendance at their respective Offices from the date hereof, every day in the Week, Saturdays, Sundays and Holydays excepted, from 9 o'Clock in the Morning till one o'Clock in the Afternoon; the whole on pain that those who shall be faultive in giving in returns and in making Payments in the manner and at the time herein before respectively directed and limited, shall, on the expiration of the said respective periods, be charged and debited in the Books of the Receiver with a sum equal to the amount of Capitation Taxes which they may appear to have paid for the Years respectively preceeding [sic] 1803 and 1797, viz: 1802 and 1796, with the addition of one fourth or 25 per Centum of such amount; which amount and additional Sum shall then, if necessary, be recovered from the defaulters by Summary Execution.
Such Persons as may not be mentioned or occur at all in the former Books of the Receivers, and are faultive in giving in their returns in the manner herein before directed, shall immediately forfeit a Penal sum of One hundred and Fifty Guilders, to be applied to the use of the Government Chest.
And that no Ignorance may be pretended of what is herein before directed and required, these presents shall be Published, posted up, Printed and sent round for general Information.
Thus Enacted in our Extraordinary Assembly held in the Town of Stabroek, Demerary, 1st of November 1804, and Published on the 24th of the same Month.
Anthony Beaujon.
By Command,
P. F. Tinne, D. Secty. of the Colony.

BEKENDMAAKINGEN, Van de Secretary. [heading]

Alzoo de Heer Lewis Forrester, Weduwnaar, alhier Woonagtig, ter Eenre En Mejuffrouw Sarah Ann Farrington, gebooritig in het Koningryk Ireland, meerderjarrige Jonge Dochter geadsisteerd zoo veel des noods by onstentenis van Vrienden of naast bestanden door den Heer C. D. Forrester en desself Huisvrouw, ten andere zyde, welke van voorneemens zyn met eklander een wettig Huwelyk aantegaan, zo als dezelve nu op den 20 deezer vor Heeren Raaden Commissarissen uit den Edele Achtbaare Hove van Crimineele en Civiele Justitie deezer Rivier, in Ondertrouw zyn opgenoomen, zoo word zulks mits deezen aan elk en een iegelyk geadverteerd ten einde die geenen welke vermeeren zich te kunnen opponeeren, zulks in tyds te doen daar waar en zoo het behoord.
Actum ter Secretary van Rio Demerary dezen 20 November 1804.
In kennisse van my J. C. Stadtman, gezw. Clercq.

Alzoo den Heer Thomas Musgrove, van voorneemens is binnen den tyd van 14 daagen van hier te vertrekken, zo wordt zulks mits deezen bekend gemaakt, ten einde die geenen, welke iets van hem te pretendeeren hebben, of ann hem verschuldigd zyn, hunne pretentien koomen ontsangen, of hunne schulden betaalen ter zyner Domicilium.
Actum ter Secretray van Rio Demerary, dezen 23 November 1804.
In kennisse van my. J. C. Stadtman. gezw. Clercq.


On Monday the 3d of December will be Exposed for Sale to the highest Bidders, at the Vendue Office, by Order of Mrs. Calisto Movelle as Executrix to the Estate of the Deceased John Deurwaarder; - Eight Negroes, viz: Albert, February, Flishing, Claas, Willemyntie and her two Children Jan Swart and Andries, and Geluk. Three Months Credit.
Demerary, 24th Nov. 1804. Brereton & Kingston.

On Thursday the 6th of December will be Sold at Public Sale, at the Vendue Office. Four Prime Seasoned Negroes, By Order of Mr. George McKenzie, Executor to the late Chs. Grant.
November 24th 1804. Brereton & Kingston.

To be Sold at the Vendue Office on Friday the 7th of December, by Order of Messrs: Henry Tulloh & Co. - Fifty Barrels of Tar and Pitch, Boxes of Preserved Fruits and Pickles, &c. &c.
November 24th 1804. Brereton & Kingston.

On Thursday 6th of December will be Sold at Public Sale, at the Vendue Office, by Order of Thomas McKenzie Esqr.
200 Barrels of Flour.
November 24th 1804. Brereton & Kingston.

To be Sold at the Vendue Office on Friday the 7th of December by order of Mr. M. Barker, Curator to Wm. Hartsinck deceased. - One Negro Man, silver Forks and Spoons, an elegant Cabinett made of Colony Wood, &c. &c.
November 24th 1804. Brereton & Kingston.


Van Wegens het Vendu Comptoir te Rio Essequebo, word geadverteert dat op Maandag Middag den 7 January 1805, de Klokke 4 Uuren precies, door ofte van wegens de Executeuren van den Boedel en Nalatenschap van wylen den WelEdele Gestrenge Heer F. J. Van der Lott, ann de Fortresse Zeelandia ten huyze door Zyn Edele laast bewoond, zal worden opgeveyld en publicq aan de meestbeidende verkogt, desselfs in beodel [or inbeodel], bestaande in een Huys en Erf geleegen aan de Fortesse Zeelandia, Twee capitaale en snel zeylende vaartuygen benessens drie Corjaaren, twe bequaam Boot Negers, eenige Huys Jongens en Meyden, voorts diversche Meubilaire Goederen, een party regts geleerde en andere Boeken, een Ry Paard, eenige Koeyen en Schaapen, en voorts al het verdere welke ten dage voorschreeve zal werden gepresenteert. Een ieder daarin gading hebbende, komen ten voorsch: dage, aanhoore de Conditie en doe zyn Profyt. Essequebo, 18 November 1804.
T. Duim, ged. V. Meester.


The Subscriber will dispose of the following Articles at reduced Prices for immediate Payment; - Ladies gold neck laces, rings, brest [sic] pins, bracelets and lockets, gold and silver thimbles, Ladies cockades of pearl in gold, set combs with pearl and stones, red ivory, garnet and glass beads, fans, pocket books, needle cases, silver cords and tossels [sic], gold and silver lace, silver spangles, gold watch chains, seals and keys, gold and silver knee buckles, gold sleeve buttons, gold and silver sigar tubes, gold and silver pencil cases, snuff boxes, tooth pick cases, scent boxes, pocket combs, fruit knives, Punch ladles, wine strainers, sugar tongs, Children's knives and forks, silver prongs, do. nutmeg graters, silver mounted corals with bells, gold and silver epaulets, sword knots, cockades, silk purses, braces, stiffeners, plain lace, sprig, jaconet and figured muslins, cotton cambric, ditto cords and [?]ossets, girdles, silk and cotton fringes, do trimmings, silk and muslin shawls, Children's cotton cambric shawls, red and white silk and persian, head dresses, bonnets and turbans, silver wreaths and feathers, roses, straw hats of different sorts, veils, an assortment of black cambricks, muslins, black and white cotton prints, mourning calicoes, bombazeen, &c. black silk handkerchiefs, do. stockings, [?]ove ribbon, silk and cotton stockings, silk and leather gloves, cotton do. and mitts, Ladies silk hats, Mens do. childrens hats, caps and shoes, Ladies embroider'd shoes, Mens silk and leather gloves, linen pocket handkerchiefs, Irish linen, colour'd muslinets, callicoes in large and small pieces, Furniture chintz, ginghams, marcells quilting, white and yellow nankeen, white, blue and green cassimere, green shaloon, boots and shoes, Negro handkerchiefs, thread, tape and bobin [sic] check shirts, oznabrug trowsers, green silk umbrellas, sein twine, Chaises and Harneses [sic] chaise and jockey whips, saddles and bridles, hair brooms, white wash & paint brushes, shoe do. an assortment of tin and glass ware, liquor & cruet stands, setts of tea china with waiters, loaf sugar, hyson tea, scent water, blue cups and saucers, Madeira and Port wine in bottles, Holland Coolon's gin, cogniac, cherry and raspberry brandy, Irish butter, sweet oil, mustard, spermacite and tallow mould candles, castile and brown soap, reading books, memorandum do. paper, quills and ink powder, spectacles, cases with Mathematical Instruments, an assortment of Carpenters tools, paints, Neatsfoot and linseed oil, buck looking glasses, pins, corks, spices assorted, black pepper, an assortment of cutlery, as razors in cases, scissars, pen knives, pocket do. table and desert knives and forks &c. shaving boxes, smelling and glauber salts, white & yellow Coffin Furniture, a few Iron bound Puncheons. &c. &c.
Demerary, 24th Novr. 1804. Joseph Ward.

McInroy, Sandbach, McBean & Co. [heading]
Will, on Wednesday the 28th of this Month, Expose for sale at their store in front of Plantation Werk & Rust; Two Hundred and Forty Prime Slaves. Imported in the Ship Otter, Capt. Taylor, from Cameroons.
Demerary, 24th November 1804.

The Subscriber will Expose for sale, on Wednesday the 28th Instant, at the Store of Robert Younghusband Esqr. A small Cargo of Healthy Young Angola Slaves; Imported in the Ship Urania, Capt. Mellor.
Demerary, 24th Novr. 1804. Charles Brough.

The Subscribers will Expose for Sale on Friday the 7th Decbr. the Cargo of the Brig Hope, consisting of One Hundred and Thirty Prime Gold Coast Slaves.
Demerary, 24th November 1804. Jackson & King.
[Note: this brig is later condemned and auctioned at Public Vendue in 1805]

Notice - All Persons indebted to the late Concern of Hugh Douglas & Co. are requested to Pay the same to Mr. Henry Buckoll, the Books and Papers of that Firm having been made over to him to Collect Debts.
Hugh Douglas.
Robert Barr - Partners to the above Concern
Demerary, 24th November 1804.

Voorleeden Sondag den 18e deezer, is van den Ondergetekende Weggeloopen, een Neeger Man genaamd Charles, zeer wel bekent, zoo in de Stad als in Mahaica. Die denzelve opsangt en by den Ondergetekende terugt brengt, zal voor deszelfs moeite, buiten en behalven de Gewoone Vangloon, Een Johannes Extra genieten.
Demerary den 24 November 1804. O. J. Laurin.

All Persons who may have Claim or Demands against the Estate of the deceased F. J. Van der Lott Esqr. are herewith requested to render their Account properly Attested to the first Subscriber, who will receive them for settlement, and those who stand indebted to said Estate are likewise requested to make immediate Payment.
Chs. Vincent
Demerary, 24th November
1804. F. C. Loncke Executors.

The Subscribers have received by the Belbeisle [sic], (in addition to their late Assortment per Brilliant) and are now Selling at their Store in the New Town: - Irish butter, ling fish, potatoes, bacon, hams, pickled herrings in kegs, Garden seeds, mustard, black pepper, spices assorted, starch, blue, Neatsfoot oil, vinegar, small beer and porter in barrels, oznabrugs, Inverness cotton bagging, Russia sheeting, bed tick, checks, flannels, tapes, thread, coarse & fine Irish linen, diaper, huckaback and cowlas, table linen, platillias, dimities, jeans, corduroys, Quilting, Gentlemen's broad rimm'd hats, cordage from 1 to 5 inches, ratline, sail cloth, an assortment of Fowling pieces, Fusees & Pistols, patent shot, sheet lead, Puncheon and Vatt hoops and rivets, nails from 4 to 30d. earthen and glass ware, an assortment of tin ware consisting of setts of dish covers, shower baths, tin tureens, tea kettles, casava graters, gallon measures, spit boxes, tea and coffee pots &c. Gentlemen & Ladies dressing cases, brass Wine and Butt cocks, candlesticks, a variety of Stationary and late Publications, Portraits, Landscapes, Furniture, looking glasses &c.
Demerary, 24th Novr. 1804. McDonald, Halket & Co.

The Subscribers will Expose for Sale on Wednesday the 28th Instant, at the Logie belonging to R. S. Turton Esqr. on Plantation Vlissingen, the Cargoes of the Ships Alexander, Capt. Ward, and Alert, Capt. Lund; the former with Three Hundred and Thirty three and the latter with Two Hundred and Forty ( together Five Hundred and Seventy Three )
Prime Gold Coast Slaves.
Imported in the above ships from Cape Coast
Walcott & Forrester.
Demerary, November 24th 1804.

Notice. - Those having Claims against the Estate of the decd. Mr. Thomas Allison, are requested to render them to the Subscriber; and those Indebted to said Estate, are desired to make immediate Payment.
Demerary, 24th November 1804. Henry Halket, Exctr.

The Subscribers having left an Acceptance of Mr. Joseph B. Sandiford, q. q. Plantation Manilla, in their favor for Six Thousand Guilders, due on the 6th of March ensuing, requests any one in whose hands it might come, to deliver it either to them in Mahaica or at the Store of P. Verbeke Esqr. in Stabroek; they will be handsomely Rewarded. The Note not being endorsed can be of service to none but the Subscribers, and Payment being stop'd with the Drawer.
Demerary, 24th November 1804. Paul & Saml. Massiah.

Alle de geenen, welke iets te vorderen hebben van, oft verschuldigd zyn aan de geweezene Firma van Touson & Coninck of Touson Prive, gelieven daarvan opgaave of betaling te doen [illegible] den Ondergetekende uittellyk voor Ult[degree sign] December aanstaande, zullende, by nalatigheid van dien tegens de Debiteuren dien Firm [illegible] zonder aanzien van Persoonen, in rechten morden geageerd.
Demerary, 24 November 1804. G. E. Aman, q.q. &
Aman & Schultz. q. q.

Alle de geenen, welke iets te pretendeeren hebben van, ofte verschuldigd zyn aan nu wylen de Heeren E. E. T. Egeling en Arend Egeling, als mede aan de gee[umlaut]xpeerd hebbende Firma van Gebroeders Egeling, gelieven, daarvan ten spoedigsten opga[illegible] of betalinge te doen by den Ondergetekende, ten einde in staat gesteld te worden deeze Boedels tot liquiditeit te brengen.
Demerary, 24 November 1804. G. E. Aman, q.q.

By den Ondergetekende is met de laatste Scheepen anngekomen, en voor civiele Pryzen te Koopen: - Versche Hollandse peek[illegible] worste van excellente qualiteit, gerooktetongen, v[?]ngster en d[?]u[?] hen[illegible] sels in alle zoorten, alle Timmermans en Kuyaper Geree[?]schap en de [illegible] lessenaar en kisten slooten. verders presenteert by opgewoonlyk conditien te Koop: teer, hammen, beste vleesch en spek in halve vaaren, genever in kelders, brandewyn, roode rhynse, champagner, bergerac, port a[caret] port en Madeira Wynen, Stoughten bitter, raap oly, kaarsen, rook tabak, langepypen, snuyf, thee, brood zuyker, Plantagie Gereedschap, stiljaards, domme kragten, koefoeten en meer andere zoorten van Yzerwaaren, fyne laaens, casimere, piquets, nankings en eenige ard)illegible D[?]ooge goederen: pennen, zeegellak, ink poeder, Glass en Aardwerk, spiegels, kooper, blik en tinne Goederen, stoffers en vergert, verfquasten, laarssen, Boks Negotie, Neurenbergen waaren, ver[illegible] nog 1 1/2 dms, Teterma en eenig Cipiere Planken. Ook neemt den Ondergetekende aan, zoo froedig als mogelyk alle Commissies in [illegible]nelands bouw Hout teegens de Courante Pryzen te effectueeren.
Demerary den 24 November 1804. F. C. Engels.

Published and printed by E. J. Henery

to the
Essequebo and Demerary

Saturday, 24th November 1804.

The Subscriber has for sale, Imported in the Schooner Escape from Grenada, a quantity of Harvey's Old Rum in puncheons which will be sold reasonable for immediate Payment; Orders received from Demerary will be duly attended to, and the Rum carefully forwarded there. Also to be disposed of, the Schooner Juno, a new Colony Built Vessel of easy drought of Water and fairs well, being compleatly fit out in every respect, and will carry One Hundred bales of Cotton.
Berbice, 16th November 1804. Henry Croft.
N. B.: A Brick Maker may hear of a very eligible employ by applying as above, also a Boat Builder who may have a few Carpenter Negroes, to construct a Vessel of large dimensions at the Nickerie Creek, all the Materials are on the spot, and Provisions &c. will be found.

Notice: - The Subscriber has from this date, Employed Mr. R. B. Knight, to Assist him as a Clerk in the Business relating to the late Firm of Peter Nisbet & Co. in the room of Mr. Richard Porter, who has quitted my Employment as Clerk.
Demerary, 24th Novr. 1804 James Bruce, q.q.

Just imported and by O. J. Laurin on Plantation Werk & Rust for Sale, at a moderate Price for cash or Produce, the following Articles: - Lumber and clap boards, shooks with heading, wood and iron hoops, staves, beef and pork in barrels and half barrels, salt fish in hogsheads and boxes,, Irish and American butter, lard, hams, salmon, herrings, flour, rice, soap and candles, salt, tobacco, lamp oil, tar and pitch, nails of various sizes, mustard [illegible], tea and loaf sugar, gin and brandy in cases and kegs.
Also Madeira Wine per pipe, half pipe and dozen.
Demerary, 24th November 1804.

To be Sold by Private Sale: - Four Lots of Land in Cumingsburg No. 10, 11, 30 and 40 lying between the Premises of Messrs: Telford, Naghten & Co. and Mr. R. F. Yearwood, comprising the Ground between the Public road and the River. Application to be made to Messrs. Telford, Naghten & Co.
Demerary, 24th November 1804.

Lost, on the road between Plantations Hermitage and Free & Easy, on the West side of this River, an Obligation of Mr. Robert Thompson's in favor of the Subscriber, for Eight Hundred and Seventy Guilders. Any Person who will restore the same shall be handsomely Rewarded.
Demerary, 24th November 1804. Henry Brown.

Notice: - The Subscriber intends to leave this Colony for the Islands in Fourteen Days from the date hereof, and offers for sale on reasonable terms, for immediate Payment, a Negro Boy. also an excellent Saddle Horse.
Vlissingen, 24th November 1804. William Chorley.


List of Runaway and arrested Slaves, on this 24th day of Novr. 1804,

in the Stocks of Demerary.

Lyst der op heden den 24 Nov. 1804, zig in arrest bevindende

Weglopper slaaven, in Rio Demerary.



By whom brought.








C. A. de Floriemont.

James Black.


Capt. McDowal.



Pl. Goede Hoop.




Pl. Goed Intent.






M. Heiner.




Good Luck.

Backer ( Essequebo. )



Wolff of Oslin, Berbice.

Ord. Fiscall.








Heim in Berbice.







Gerechts Dienaars.


Tarr, in Berbice.



Toppin Idem.







Gerechts Dienaars.


Miss Janette.










Serjeant Huysband.










And 7 New Negroes, the names of their Owners unknown.
Voorts 7 Nieuwe Negers, waarvan men de naamen der Eygenaar niet kan ontwaaar worden
J. Runnels, Drossaart

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