Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette 1811 July 23


Vol. VI.]

[No. 391.

TUESDAY, JULY 23d, 1811.

The Public are respectfully informed, that the sale of the Sugar and Rum to the Creditors of Plantation Georgia, advertised to take place on the 25th instant, is unavoidably postponed to the 31st. - (See the Second Page).

RUNAWAY from the Subscriber, a Negro Man named BOATSWAIN, formerly the property of the late ROBT. YOUNGHUSBAND, and is a boat Captain. A handsome reward will be given to any person who will lodge him in the Barracks, all persons are cautioned against harbouring him, as they will be rigorously proceeded against according to law. He has been frequently seen in Cumingsburgh. ROBT. PATTERSON.
July 23d.

Imported for a Medical Practitioner, lately deceased, and will be Sold on the most reasonable Terms, either per package, or by wholesale.
Apply to HYNDMAN and CARY.
July 23d.


The Public are respectfully informed, that the Panorama will remain open every day (Sundays excepted) from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.
The Wednesdays and Saturdays appropriated to the admission of Free People of Colour.
Free admission Ticket for three months during the exhibition of the Picture Two Joes (but not transferable), and gives the bearer the privilege of viewing the Panorama privately on introducing a party (not less than four) who has free-admission or otherwise.
Single admission Four Dollars, and young persons Two Dollars.
Tickets to be had at the Panorama - Plantn. Vlissingen.
July 23.

Forty or Fifty Bales of Cotton,
Of the very best quality - payable in Cash or a Bill.
July 23d.

JUST Imported in the Ship TRAVELLER, Capt. FISHER, from Liverpool, and for Sale by the Subscribers, at their Stores in front of Plantation Vlissingen, viz: -
Prime mess beef in tierces, barrels, and half do. prime mess pork in do. do. and do. tongues in firkins, tripe in kegs, Cumberland hams, rounds of beef, pickled herrings in kitts, potatoes in hampers, single and double Gloucester cheese, pearl barley and split pease in kegs, spices assorted, mustard in 1/4lb. bottles, best London porter in puncheons and tierces, table beer in do. and do. oats in puncheons, tobacco in hogsheads and barrels, negro pipes, negro cloathing, consisting of lined and unlined jackets, hats, trowsers, shirts, and wrappers, drivers' and tradesmen's hats and check shirts, cotton and linen checks, India salempores, sailors' red shirts and duffle trowsers, best Inverness cotton and coffee bagging, Dempster's patent canvas, pump leather, cordage assorted from 2 1/2 to 4 inch, white rope, fishing lines and seins, sewing and sein twine, tape and thread assorted, dimity and white jean, gentlemen's silk umbrellas, bed tick, cotton Britannias, cotton cambric, printed cambric for ladies' gowns, Oznaburgs, bunting assorted, beaver hats, crown glass, 10 x 12, and 11 x 14, brass cocks, copper scales, carpenters' and coopers' tools, pewter table spoons, sets table knives and forks, penknives, brass and iron hinges assorted, locks for writing desks, stocklocks, Demerary shovels and hoes, socket cutlasses, pruning knives, gin cranks with brasses, felling axes, gridirons, sod irons assorted, 4dy to 30dy, 5 to 8 inch spikes, coopers' nails, puncheon rivets, boxes of bubbles, proof phials, guaging rods, sheet lead, puncheon and vat hoops, corn mills with fly wheels and hoppers complete, slates for plantation use, iron pots, white lead, Spanish brown, black, red, green, and yellow paints, fine green paint in pots of 2lbs. each, boiled linseed oil in 2 and 3 gallon jars. Also a neat set of household furniture consisting of sophas, chairs, tables, &c. and an elegant edition of Hogarth's Works, in folio.
They have also on Hand of former Importations,
White wine vinegar, gin in pipes, old Jamaica rum, salt in barrels, copper funnels, skimmers and ladles, tin ware assorted, boiling house lamps, double refined sugar, boots and shoes, soft soap in kegs, shoe blacking and brushes, scrubbing brushes assorted, house brooms, Welch flannel, linen Britannias, furniture chintz, linen platillas, green baize, green covers for tables, gentlemens Woodstock gloves, anchors and grapnels for colony boats, grating bars, window bolts, sp. glasses assorted, wine corks, and earthen ware.
July 23d. DOUGLAS, REID, and Co.


On Monday the 29th July, [see 18110702EDRG] . . .
[see 18110709EDRG] . . .
[see 18110713EDRG] . . .
[see 18110720EDRG] . . .
Also by Order of Mr. M'ALPIN, a Negro Man, named Harry.
June 29th. KINGSTON & McBEAN.

On Monday the 5th of August, [see 18110706EDRG] . . .
Also by Order of Dr. C. S. MATUIS, a Negro Man, named Hero, and a Negro Woman, named Victoair, with her child Asiba.
[Transcriber's note: MATUIS changes to MATIUS in next issue.]
July 6th. KINGSTON & McBEAN.


THIS is to inform the
Public, that the follow-
ing Persons intend
quitting this Colony;-

deezer Colonie word gead-
verteerd dat de volgende
Persoonen van voorneemens
zyn van hier na elders te
vertrekken, viz;

James Johnstone, in 14 days from 8th July.
William Heal, with 5 Slaves, names to be seen at this Office, in 14 days, or 3 weeks, from 10th do.
Josiah H. Bethel, in 14 days from 11th do.
Peggy Rice, in 14 days, from 13th July.
Rachael Wood, in do. from 15th do.
Mary Wheelright, in do. from 15th do.
Willm King, in do. from 15th do.
Alexr. Simpson, in do. from 16th do.

The Ship Douglas, from Liverpool, arrived yesterday, and has brought Papers to the 12th of June. In a subsequent column will be found, the substance of the long-expected Dispatches from Marshal Beresford, detailing the ever-memorable Battle of Albuera; a detail, which, we did not, at a certain period of this day, expect to have the pleasure of presenting to our readers in this number, owing to our first application for the loan of Papers having failed, in consequence of their being already in the hands of those Gentlemen, whose publication does not make its appearance until to-morrow evening!! - but we were obligingly though unexpectedly favored with similar Papers from another quarter.

The King, we regret to state, has experienced a relapse.

Contest between the United States frigate President, and
His Britannic Majesty's Sloop of War Little Belt.

Copy of a letter from Commodore Rodgers to the Secretary
of the Navy, dated United States' frigate President, off
Sandy Hook, May 23:-
Sir - I regret extremely being under the necessity of representing to you an event that occurred on the night of the 16th inst. between the ship under my command, and His Britannic Majesty's ship of war the Little Belt, commanded by Capt. Bingham; the result of which has given me much pain, not only on account of the injury she sustained, but that I should have been compelled to the measure that produced it, by a vessel of such inferior force.
The circumstances are as follows:- On the 16th instant, at twenty-five minutes past Meridian, in seventeen fathoms water, Cape Hen[paper fold] bearing S. W. distance 14 or 15 leagues, a sail was discovered from our mast head, in the East, standing towards us under a press of sail. At half-past one the symmetry of her upper sail (which were at this time distinguishable from our deck), and her making signals, shewed her to be a [paper fold] of war. At forty-five minutes past one, P. M. hoisted [paper fold] ensign and pendant; when finding her signals not answered she wore and stood to the southward. Being desirous of speaking her, and of ascertaining what she was, I now [paper fold] sail in chace, and by half-past three P. M. found we [paper fold] coming up with her, as by this time the upper part of [paper fold]ern began to shew itself above the horizon. The wind [paper fold] began, and continued gradually to decrease, so as to pre[paper fold]my being able to approach her sufficiently before sun-se[paper fold]iscover her actual force (which the position she preserve[paper fold]ng the chace was calculated to conceal), or to judge [paper fold]o what nation she belonged, as she appeared studiousl[paper fold]decline shewing her colours. At 15 or 20 minutes past s[paper fold]P. M. the chace took in her studding sails, and soon a[paper fold]auled up her courses, and hauled by the wind on the [paper fold]oard tack; she at the same time hoisted an ensign or fla[paper fold]er mizen peak; but it was too dark for me to discover w[paper fold]tion it represented. Now for the first time her broadsid[paper fold] bresented [sic] to our view; but night had so far progressed[paper fold]although her appearance indicated she was a frigate, I[paper fold]unable to determine her actual force.
At fifteen minutes before eig[paper fold]M. being about a mile and a half from her, the wind at [paper fold]ne very light, I directed Captain Ludlow to take a position to windward of her, and on the same tack within short speaking distance. This, however, the Commander of the chace, from his manoeuvres, seemed anxious to prevent, as he wore and hauled by the wind on different tacks four times successively, between this time and the time of our arriving at the position which I had ordered to be taken. At fifteen or twenty minutes past eight, being a little forward of her weather beam and distant from 70 to 100 yards, I hailed, "What ship is that?" To this inquiry no answer was given, but I was hailed by her Commander and asked, "What ship is that?" Having asked the first question, I of course considered myself entitled, by the common rules of politeness, to the first answer. After a pause of fifteen or twenty seconds, I reiterated my first inquiry of "What ship is that?" and before I had time to take the trumpet from my mouth, was answered by a shot that cut off one of our main topmast breast back stays, and went into our mainmast. At this instant Capt. Caldwell of the marines, who was standing very near me on the gang way, having observed, "Sir, she has fired at us," caused me to pause for a moment, just as I was in the act of giving orders to fire a shot in return and before I had time to resume the repetition of the intended order, a shot was actually fired from the second division of this ship, and was scarcely out of the gun before it was answered from our assumed enemy by three others in quick succession, and soon after by the rest of his broadside and musketry. When the first shot was fired, being under an impression that it might possibly have proceeded from accident, and without the orders of the Commander, I had determined at the moment to fire only a single shot in return; but the immediate repetition of the previous unprovoked outrage, induced me to believe the insult was premeditated, and that from our adversary being at that time as ignorant of our real force as I was of his, he thought this, perhaps a favourable opportunity of acquiring promotion, although at the expence of violating our neutrality and insulting our flag. I accordingly, with that degree of reluctance incident to feelings equally determined neither to be the aggressor nor to suffer the flag of my country to be insulted with impunity, gave a general order to fire; the effect of which in from four to six minutes, as near as I can judge, having produced a partial silence of his guns, I gave orders to cease firing, discovering by the feeble opposition that it must be a ship of very inferior force to what I had supposed, or that some untoward accident had happened to her.
My orders in this instance, however (although they proceeded alone from motives of humanity, and a determination not to spill a drop of blood unnecessarily), I had in less than four minutes some reason to regret, as he renewed his fire, of which two 32 pound shot cut off one of our fore-shrouds and injured our foremast. It was now that I found myself under the painful necessity of giving orders for a repetition of our fire against a force which my forbearance alone had enabled to do us any injury of moment: our fire was accordingly renewed, and continued from three to five minutes longer, when, perceiving our opponent's gaff and colours down, his maintopsail yard upon the cap, and his fire silenced, although it was so dark that I could not discern any other particular injury we had done, or how far he was in a situation to do us further harm, I nevertheless embraced the earliest moment to stop our fire and prevent the further effusion of blood. Here a pause of half a minute or more took place, at the end of which, our adversary not shewing a further disposition to fire, I hailed and again asked, "What ship is that?" I learned, for the first time, that it was a ship of His Britannic Majesty; but, owing to its blowing rather fresher than it had done, I was unable to learn her name. After having informed her Commander of the name of this ship, I gave orders to wear, run under his lee, and haul by the wind on the starboard tack, and to heave to under topsails and repair what little injury we had sustained in our rigging, which was accordingly executed, and we continued lying to on different tacks, with a number of lights displayed, in order that our adversary might the better discern our position, and command our assistance in case he found it necessary during the night. At day-light on the 17th, he was discovered several miles to leeward, when I gave orders to bear up and run down to him under easy sail. After hailing him, I sent a boat on board with Lieut. Creighton, to learn the names of the ship and her Commander, with directions to ascertain the damages she had sustained, and inform her Commander how much I regretted the necessity on my part which had led to such an unhappy result; at the same time to offer all the assistance that the ship under my command afforded, in repairing the damages she had sustained. At nine A.M. Lieut. Creighton returned with information, that it was His Britannic Majesty's ship Little Belt, commanded by Captain Bingham; who, in a polite manner, declined the acceptance of any assistance, saying at the same time, that he had on board all the necessary requisites to repair the damages sufficiently to enable him to return to Halifax.
This, however, was not the most unpleasant part of Capt. Bingham's communication to Lieut. Creighton, as he informed him, that in addition to the injury his ship had sustained, between twenty and thirty of his crew had been killed and wounded.
The regret that this information caused me was such, you may be sure, as a man might be expected to feel whose greatest pride is to prove, without ostentation, by every public as well as private act, that he possesses a humane and generous heart; and with these sentiments, believe me, Sir, that such a communication would cause me the most acute pain during the remainder of my life, had I not the consolation to know that there was no alternative left me between such a sacrifice, and one which would have been still greater, namely, to have remained a passive spectator of insult to the flag of my country, whilst it was confided to my protection - and I would have you to be convinced, Sir, that however much individually, I may previously have had reason to feel incensed at the repeated outrages committed on our flag by British ships of war, neither my passions nor prejudices had an agency in this affair.
To my country, I am well convinced of the importance of the transaction, which has imposed upon me the necessity of making you this communication. I must, therefore, from motives of delicacy, connected with personal considerations, solicit that you will be pleased to request the President to authorise a formal inquiry to be instituted into all the circumstances, as well as into every part of my conduct connected with the same.
The injury sustained by the ship under my command is very trifling, except the fore and mainmasts, which I before mentioned; no person killed and but one (a boy) wounded.
For further particulars I refer you to Capt. Caldwell, who is charged with the delivery of this communication.
I have the honour to be, with great respect, Sir, your obedient servant. J. RODGERS.

We shall forbear observing upon the above, until we are in possession of Capt. Bingham's Dispatches to the British Admiralty - a certain degree of mystery still hanging over this important affair.

W. EVANS, Master,
Will be dispatched the Second Springs in August. For Freight or Passage apply to the Master on Board, or to
July 23d. DOUGLAS, REID, & Co.

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