Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette 1808 April 23
FIRE in PORT of SPAIN. [heading]
Butts of Oats marked M, (in a diamond) Landed from the Ship Macclesfield, Capt.
Graham, are at the Stores of the Subscribers and ready for delivery to whoever
may prove their right to the same.
Schooner Active for New York will positively sail in the course of the ensuing
Week, full or not. For Freight of a few more Bags of Coffee or Puncheons of
Rum, please apply on board or to
Subscriber Requests all Persons who have any Demands against Plantation Good
Intent, Rio Demerary, to render them as soon as possible, made up to the 24th
22d April, 1808. [heading]
Subscriber begs leave to acquaint his Friends and Clients that he will remove
his residence on the 6th of May next, to the New House lately finished on
Vlessingen Estate, near the Logie of Mr. Daley, where all Business will in
future be transacted by him.
Subscriber respectfully informs his Friends and also the Planters, Merchants
and Inhabitants of this Colony, that he will be ready to take in Freight for
Fort Island, Essequebo and the Arabian Coast, on the 10th of May next: - Any
Gentleman being wishfull to ship any thing on board his Schooner at any time
may depend of it being by him fast delivered with speed, and will thank them
for their favor and custom.
Subscriber being informed that there are some Acceptances in circulation signed
Wm. T. Boon, qq. Plantation Two Brothers, gives notice that Wm. T. Boon, never
had a Power of Attorney, authorising him to bind the whole of Plantation Two
Brothers, and that consequently the Subscriber as Proprietor of one half of
said Plantation will not allow any Claim against his share, but such as
originated in debts really contracted by himself or for supplies bona fied
[sic] given for the use of said Plantation, and by no means for any private
debt of Wm. T. Boon, for which the Subscriber does not hold himself accountable
nor his property in any manner liable.
Undersigned wishful of forming some arrangement to the satisfaction of his
Creditors in general, do hereby Solicit their attendance, - one and all, - at
the Union Coffee House, on the 12th of May next ensuing, when he will lay
before them a statement of his affairs, made out in the best manner that his
long absence from the Colony, and otherwise deranged state of his affairs, will
Red Cow was sent to the Barracks on the 19th inst. from Pl. Vlessingen. The
Owner thereof is requested to apply for the same, otherwise it will be Sold at
Vendue to Pay Expences.
Domicilium Citandi et Executandi of the Undersigned is at the House of Miss
Sarah Cornielson, on the frontland of Plantation Freedensteyn, Rio Demerary.
mits deezen geadverteerd dat ter aanstaande Commissariaale Vergaadering zal
worden gepasseerd, -
SALES BY EXECUTION. [heading]
Authority obtained, I the Underwritten First Marshal of the Honble: Court of
Justice of this Colony, will Expose and Sell by Execution Sales: -
PUBLIC VENDUES. [heading]
To be Sold at Public Vendue on Thursday the
5th of May, by order of Colin Macrae, Esq. at Robb's Stelling, the following
articles, all of the first quality, and in perfect good order, being a
consignment just received per Brig Joseph, from London, viz: - 15 hhds. coals,
5m wood hoops, 10 hhds. building lime, 5m mal pavior bricks, 6 hhds. whiting, 1
hhd. basket salt, 10 jars, each 3 lbs. fine green paint, 20 kegs ground white
lead, 20 jugs paint oil, 10 do. lamp do., 6 barrels Stockholm tar, 20 kegs
white biscuit, 20 kegs split pease, 5 hair mattresses, 12 boxes mould candles,
10 tierces bottled pale ale, 6 dozen each.
Tuesday the 10th of May will be exposed for sale at Public Auction at the
Vendue Office, thirty prime seasoned negroes, dry goods, provisions, &c.
be Sold at the Vendue Office on Monday the 16th of May, [see 18080409EDRG for
'15th [sic] of May']
Tuesday the 17th of May, will be exposed for sale by order of Dr. Lloyd, at his
House Brick Dam, - household furniture, consisting of mahogany dining tables
with D ends, pembrook and card tables, sideboard, sophas, chest of drawers,
beds and bedsteads, chairs, looking glasses, secretary, pictures, a large collection
of books, negroes, horses, chaise, &c. &c.
Thursday and Friday the 19th and 20th of May, at the stores of messrs. J. van
der Haas & Co. by order of C. G. Storm van s'Gravesande, Esq. negro
cloathing, nails assorted, coffee bagging, cotton cambrics, &c.
No Arrival in the course of this Week from either Europe, America or the Islands.
The Mail begins to be anxiously looked for, it has now been due a considerable time.
A letter dated January 23d from Rotterdam mentions that there has been an alarming inundation in different parts. - The Water was so high in New Helvoct, that the People saved themselves in the Steeples.
We have this Day extracted the whole of the particulars of the late dreadful Fire in Trinidad, and we are happy to observe that a laudable institution for the relief of the unfortunate sufferers, is about to be set on foot: - See Advertisement in First Page.
On Tuesday Night last the Store of Mr. Warchop was broke open and robbed of a few trifling articles; it is supposed that the Thieves must have been disturbed from their not taking more than they did. The frequency of Shop-breaking, calls aloud for some steps to be taken to secure the Community from such repeated aggressions. In short the Negroes in Town have become so insolent and intemperate of late, that we sincerely hope some sort of Patrole will be appointed. - Negroes are found passing the Streets at all hours of the Night, which is a circumstance that ought not to be permitted.
Vessels Entered and Cleared since our last. [heading]
From the Trinidad Paper. [heading]
Between ten and eleven o'clock on the night of the 24th March, the inhabitants of this town were suddenly awoke by the drums beating, and bells ringing the alarm. Fire was soon found to be the cause, and the house of Dr. Schaw, in Frederick Street, one of the narrowest, most populous, and built altogether of timber, the focus from whence the conflagration issued, threatening, by its impetuosity, devastation all around.
The fire from the inflammable and combustible materials of Dr. Schaw's shop, in which were stored quantities of nitre, sulpher, aether, and other rectified spirits and essential oils, soon raged with inconceivable violence: and diverging from that focus in every direction, the whole of that street, together with Henry-street on the East, Chacon-street on the West, and King and Queen streets on the North and South, were soon enveloped in the devouring element; and to those who had time to reflect, afforded a melancholy presage of the total destruction of the town. The terror which took possession of the unfortunate tenants and proprietors of this neighbourhood is not to be described, nor can fancy paint a scene of such astonishment and dismay.
They were roused from their sleep to behold the very flames bursting into their chamber windows, and had but sufficient time to abandon all and save their lives. The screams of the women and children running distractedly through the streets in search of a place of safety - the neighing, or rather squealing of the horses and mules, many of which were burned to death in their stables; and the loud and frequent reports of buts of spiritous liquors and gun-powder, as the fire reached them, altogether formed an assemblage of horror, as awful as it was terrific. Of lives, we have not heard any being lost, except a negro of Mr. Sandes, the Vendue-master, whose house was contiguous to the spot where the fire originated, and a grenadier of the 37th, who generously devoting himself to save the life of a child, succeeded in the attempt, but was so scorched as since to have died of his sufferings.
The Pump Company with the water engines did every thing that could be expected from them, to stop the progress of the flames; but from the number of years that the town, through a variety of hazards, had escaped, and the late uncommon wet weather, which had lulled the inhabitants into security, people were off their guard, and the machinery of every class attached to that establishment had been neglected - the want of water was another difficulty, the wells only furnishing the little that was procured, and those were soon drained, or became inapproachable by the excessive heat of the houses and palings on fire around them. We will venture to affirm, however, that the quantity of water a dozen such engines as ours, well served and well furnished, could have thrown, would have been totally useless and unavailing to extinguish or even arrest the impetuosity of a conflagration such as we have been a witness to, after it once got head.
His Excellency the Governor, with the officers of his staff, and working parties from the 57th and 8th, were early at the scene of action; and although their efforts were vigorous, and behaviour orderly and meritorious under his Excellency's orders, it was all ineffectual; human art or exertion could do nothing against the progress of such a torrent of fire, continually renewed and excited by fuel of such inflammable matter.
When day broke, and the clouds of smoke which lay on the ground and could not ascend from its own density, had cleared away by the morning breeze, a scene of desolation presented itself to us not to be described - a large and populous town, which but a few hours before bore the second rank in our Windward Island possessions, had vanished, and nothing remained but stacks of chimneys and walls in ruins; not an atom of any thing inflammable escaped, and in many places bottles and glass ware, and even pot metal, were found to have been a state of fusion.
On taking an account of the extent of the damage with the plan of the town in hand, we find that 12 squares or blocks have been entirely consumed, and 49 partially, making an ensemble of 435 principal houses or stores with the fronts to the streets, besides back stores and out-offices, which may be estimated at four times that number at least, and the whole, at a moderate calculation, worth 3,500,000 dollars, the lodging or property of about 4500 persons, who are now in the streets, and numbers of them totally destitute; of the value of merchandise, produce, and effects destroyed, we can at present form no idea. Government has called for the account of every person's loss upon oath - it will however exceed, we think, half a million sterling.
Of the public buildings not one has been saved - Government-house, the Custom-house, the Hospital, the Protestant Church, the Town-hall, and a part of the Public Archives' and Treasurer's Offices, have fallen a sacrifice to the flames; most fortunately the Commissaries' Stores and King's provisions were by great exertions saved, and to this source of life many now owe, in a great measure, their subsistence - it having pleased His Excellency to proclaim Martial Law, and with his usual goodness and humanity, to order rations to be issued to the Militia as in times of actual warfare; and all the tents which could be spared in the Garrison have been pitched in Brunswick Square, to lodge the unfortunate sufferers who have neither house nor home, and they are numerous.
On the part of Government, every measure that could contribute to alleviate the public miser has been taken, with a precision and promptitude which does his Excellency infinite honour. Expresses have been sent to the neighbouring Colonies, to the Spanish Main, and to the United States, for supplies; a Committee of His Majesty's Council, and of the notable inhabitants, has been appointed to receive donations of every kind that can be useful, and distribute to those who are in need, rations of bread, flesh and fish salted, and even fresh beef to the infirm, which are purchased up by the Committee, from a private subscription opened for the relief of the sufferers, at the head of which stands his Excellency's name, and that of the Collector of His Majesty's Customs, Charles Grant, Esq. for £ 1000. sterling each, an example of munificence, worthy the imitation of the charitable and humane, to whom it has pleased God to dispense the blessings of wealth or independence. With respect to the source of this dreadful calamity, we have not only the concurrent testimony of the inhabitants of Frederick Street, who were most contiguous to the flames, but of Dr. Schaw himself, who has confessed before authority, that the first knowledge he had of the fire, was its bursting in at the windows of his back gallery from the out-offices in his yard; but by what means his out-offices caught fire is all conjecture. We firmly and riligiously [sic] believe, that there was no design immediate or premeditated in the affair, it was undoubtedly owing to accident, and that is the best face we can put upon it. A town opulent and flourishing, and an immense property, have been destroyed; it is of little consequence to the sufferers to be informed how it happened, the mischief is done and there is no remedy, but it is at least satisfactory to be assured, that evil design had no hand in it.
of Runaway and Arrested Slaves, in
S. G. Martens, Drossart.
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