Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette 1812 May 05

Vol. VII.]


[No. 473.


TUESDAY, MAY 5, 1812.

By His Excellency Major-General Hugh Lyle Carmichael, Acting-Governor in and over the Colonies of Demerary and Essequebo; - and the Honourable COURT of POLICY of the said Colonies: -
Unto all whom these Presents do or shall concern, Greeting, be it known:
WHEREAS the division of the Town and Precincts of Stabroek into separate districts, regulated by different Commissaries, having opposite views and interests, has been attended with great inconvenience, as well by the great damage that has lately occurred to the district of Cumingsburg, from the neglect of the dams, by which means much loss has been sustained by individuals, and this Court called on for compensation for injuries done to the public roads; and also by injudicious alterations of the canals of the said town, whereby the health and even the lives of the inhabitants are seriously endangered: And, whereas, certain claims have been pretended to be set up that such precincts and additions to the town as may be made on neighbouring districts, which were formerly cultivated estates, are not liable to the regulations and laws, made for the benefit of the inhabitants of the metropolis, but are to be distinctly and separately governed by such Commissary or Commissaries, Committee or Committees, as the inhabitants of that particular precinct may think proper to elect - whereby great confusion is likely to ensue, much litigation and dispute arise, and the general and public good be sacrificed to private ends, and particular purposes. It is therefore become necessary to declare, that this Court, composing the Legislature of the Colony, cannot cede its general superintendence of the Government, Police, Health, and Benefit of the town, into whatever districts divided, or however named. And, whereas, on former discussions on this subject, much opposition and difficulty have prevailed, and nothing final has been determined; - it is hereby ordained, that the town formerly called Stabroek, into whatever number of district now divided, extending from the side-line of La Penitence to the bridge in Kingston, entering upon the road to the Camp, be in future generally styled by the name of George-Town, leaving the various districts or precincts to be called by their present known and usual names; and that the care and superintendence of the said town shall be vested in a General Committee, chosen by His Excellency the Governor and the Court of Policy from the most respectable inhabitants of the different districts, having at their head the Members of the Court of Policy, whereof any one shall be sufficient to form a quorum, together with two of the said Commissaries, who shall meet at the Colony-House monthly, and make such regulations, for the time being, as may be thought necessary, which, being confirmed by the Governor and Court of Policy, shall have the full force of law.
And it is further hereby ordained, that the number of said Commissaries be fixed at six, and that the Rev. W. G. Straghan, James Robertson, Hugh Hyndman, J. M. Spooner, and H. A. Eberhardi, Esquires, are hereby nominated, for the first time, and all former appointments abolished; and that, in the event of any future vacancy occurring, notice shall be given to His Excellency the Governor, or, if sitting, to the Court of Policy, who shall name a person to succeed to the vacant office.
It is hereby also enacted, that the quotas for the various expence necessary to the establishment of the police and other public expences of George-Town, being fixed by the General Commissaries, the inhabitants of the various districts shall be authorised to levy their proportions in such manner as may be most convenient to themselves.
And, that no ignorance may be pretended of this our Ordinance, the same shall be printed, published, and affixed for general information
Thus enacted in the Ordinary Session of the Hon. Court of Policy aforesaid, held at the Court-House, in Demerary, on the 29th of April, 1812, and published on the 5th of May next thereto following.
H. L. Carmichael.
By Command,
Alex. Tinne, Senr. Clk.
Acting in the absence of the Deputy Secretary.

The Hon. Tully Higgins, having been elected a Member of the Court of Policy of these Colonies, took his seat at the last Session of the said Court accordingly.
Court-House, George-Town, May 5, 1812.
Alex. Tinne, Senr. Clk.
Acting in the absence of the Deputy Secretary.

Peter Verbeke, Esq. has been appointed one of the Commissaries for the Public Market in George-Town, in the room of Alex. Fullerton, who resigned.
Court-House, George-Town, May 5, 1812.
Alex. Tinne, Senr. Clk.
Acting in the absence of the Deputy Secretary.

His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint William Robertson, Esqr. Fiscal of Essequebo.
By Command,
Henry St. Hill,

A Meeting of the Creditors of the late Mr. John Foster is requested at the house of the last subscriber, at 12 o'clock, on Monday, the 18th instant, when those who are unable to attend personally will please to substitute some person in their stead.
William Cook, [right pointing brace, indicating 'Acting Executors.']
May 5. Thomas Shute,

WANTS a Situation, a Young Man, on a sugar estate; he is a complete distiller, understands boiling-house duty, and field work. For particulars enquire of E. Gallup, Werk en Rust, at the house formerly occupied by C. H. De Munnick, Esquire. May 5.

FOR SALE OR HIRE, [heading]
The Half-Lot and Buildings on the North-Dam, Stabroek, known on the Chart as No. 1, and adjoining on the east the Commissariat Office, and one door on the west-side of the Colony-House. To an approved purchaser only one-third of the purchase money will be required in the month of January, 1813, another third in the month of January, 1818, and the remaining third on the first day of January, 1820; the proprietor having a very pressing call for the first payment, will not require interest on it if paid at the time specified - the interest on the other instalments will be expected annually. If not sold before the first day of June next, he will be glad to meet with a punctual tenant; and, if taken on hire by the year, three months, notice will be given in case of a purchaser offering. For further particulars apply at the Royal Gazette Printing Office, or to the proprietor, at Mahaica Ferry.
May 4. R. S. Turton.

FOR SALE OR HIRE, [heading]
THE Premises in Cumingsburg (adjoining that of Messrs. Garden, King, and Co.) belonging to Mr. Henry Brush, being a comfortable and commodious Dwelling-House, with suitable Out-Buildings; very pleasantly situated, and possessing every convenience for the reception of a genteel family. The Premises can be viewed and the terms known, by application to Mrs. Brush, residing thereon. May 4.

FOR SALE, [heading]
A HOUSE-FRAME: 86 feet long, 28 feet wide, one and a half story high, and formed of Greenheart. It is well calculated for a boiling-house or coffee-logie. For particulars enquire of
May 4. Henry Archer.

DEMERARY. [heading]

This is to inform the
Public, that the following Persons intend quitting this Colony;-

Van het Secretary deezer Colonie word geadverteerd
dat de volgende Persoonen
von voorneemens zyn van hier
na elders te vertrekken, viz;

D. N. A. Van Hoytema, in 14 days, from April 15.
J. L. C. Brauns, in 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.
H. Cantzlaar, and one Servant, in a month or 6 weeks 16.
Colin Douglas, in 14 days or 6 weeks, . . . . . . . . 16.
P. M'Arthur, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.
A. Reach, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.
Alex. M'Bain, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24.
Thos. Hore, in 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.
Rufus B. Abel, in do. or 6 weeks, . . . . . . . . . . 27.
John C. Alleyne, in do. or do. . . . . . . . . . . . 28.
Harriet Owen, in do. or one month, . . . . . . . May 1.
Joseph Conyers, in do. or 6 weeks, . . . . . . . . . 1.
Secretary's Office, Demerary, May 2, 1812.
Alex. Tinne,
Sworn Clerk.

At the COMMISSARY-COURT on the 1st of June [heading]
Next, will be passed the following [heading]
viz. [heading]
1. By John Staunton, q.q. John Wilson, Transport of a quarter of the Lot No. 21, situate on the North-dam, Stabroek, to M'Inroy, Sandbach, & Co.
2. By M'Inroy, Sandbach, & Co. Transport of the same to J. M. Spooner.
3. By C. N. Bollers, as Substituted-Attorney of H. de Salve, Transport of the undivided half of the Plantation Hope, situate on the East-side of Mahaica Creek, cum annexis, to Henry Smithson.
4. By Henry Smithson, Transport of the Plantation Hope, as above-mentioned, but without slaves, to J. P. Bishop.
5. By H. Cantzlaar, Transport of the Buildings situate on the Concession No. 31, in that part of the front of Vlissingen called, Columbus-District, together with his right, title, and interest in the land of said Lot, during the present lease, to Joseph Beete, Jun.
6. By M. Marx, Transport of the Quarter-Concession No. 22, situate on the South-dam, Stabroek, with the Buildings thereon, to H. Cantzlaar.
7. By John M'Cammon, Transport of the Lot No. 5, and South-half of No. 4 and No. 46, situate in Cumingsburgh, to Rebecca Richie.
8. By V. A. Heyliger, q.q. Rachael Francine Fabre, Transport of the undivided 1/4 of the Plantation Young Rachael, situate on the West-side of Demerary River, cum annexis, to S. Swen.
9. By Fanchine de Brulon, Transport of the Lot No. 77, in Kingston, with the Buildings thereon, to Mary Anne Stewart.
10. By the free mulatto woman Betsey, Transport of the 1/4 Concession No. 66, situate on the middle-dam, Stabroek, with the Buildings thereon, to the Widow Hamilton.
11. By John Austin, Transport of the Plantation Land of Plenty, with 44 slaves, to Nathaniel Gittens.
12. By Nathaniel Gittens, Mortgage on the said half of Plantation Land of Plenty, and 44 slaves, in favour of John Austin.
13. By G. Montauroux, a First Mortgage on the Plantation Big Diamond, situate on the East Side of Demerary River, cum annexis, in favour of Dockscheer & Steenbergen, of London.
14. By G. Montauroux, a Second Mortgage on the aforesaid Plantation, cum annexis, in favour of J. S. Massˇ.
15. By John King, a Mortgage on five slaves, (names to be seen at this Office), in favour of A. M'Lean.
16. By John King (so soon as he obtains a Transport), a Mortgage on the North-half of Plantation Diamond, situate on the West-side of Mahaica Creek, cum annexis, (excepting only a small piece of about five acres in front), in favour of A. M'Lean.
17. By G. Henschelius, as Executor of the Boedel J. Forbes, Transport of the Plantation Nooit Gedagt, situate in the Canal No. 1, cum annexis, to G. Henschelius and De Haart.
18. By H. M'Nish, Transport of the Wood-Land, called San Souci, situate on the East-side of the river Demerary, to M. Doyle.
19. By M. Doyle, Transport of the same to Paterson & Crossman, as Executors of J. Van Groeningen, deceased.
20. By A. Rose, Transport of the Lots No. 228, 229, 262, and 263, with the buildings thereon, situate in Cumingsburgh, to M. E. Henery.
21. By E. J. Henery, Transport of the undivided half of the Buildings situated on the Lot No. 2, in Bridge Town, front of Plantation Vlissingen, together with all his right, title, and interest in the undivided half of the land of the said lot, during the present lease, to A. Rose.
22. By W. King, Transport of the Lot No. 58, situate in Cumingsburgh, with the Buildings thereon, to Theophilus Williams.
23. By Charles Vincent, q.q. Transport of the Lot No. 14, situate in Charles Town, to J. M. Spooner.
Court-House, Demerary, May 4, 1812.
Senior Clerk.

IN DEMERARY. [heading]

On Thursday, the 14th of May, by Order of Stephen Cramer, Esq. Executor to the Estate of G. A. F. Van Kinschot, on the Premises:- Two Concessions and Water Lot, with the Buildings thereon, situated in Charles-Town, lately occupied by the deceased; negroes, silver plate, and what further may appear on the day of sale.
April 29. Robert Kingston.
[Transcriber's note: this Vendue did not appear in a prior issue]

IN BERBICE. [heading]

On Tuesday the 12th of May, will be exposed for public sale, and sold to the highest bidders, on Plant. Williamstadt, being Lot No. 7, West Coast - from 60 to 80 head of prime Cattle, consisting of milch-cows with their calves, young fat oxen, heifers, &c. collected from different estates in that neighbourhood. Payable in three months, in cash or approved bills of exchange.
N.B. The sale to commence precisely at 10 o'clock in the forenoon. Refreshments will be provided at the place of sale.
April 28. William Threlfall,
Deputy Vendue-Master.

On Sunday, came in the Joseph, Capt. Strickland, from Barbados; and yesterday, the Traveller, Capt. Fisher, from Liverpool, and the Aurora, Capt. Dill, from Barbados. The Papers by the Joseph, are to the 25th ultimo, and those by the Traveller, to the 20th of March.

Additional Shipping Intelligence. - The General Miranda, from this River, is arrived at her place of destination; as is also, the Jaba, Capt. Tyrer.

The Honourable Members of the Court of Justice for the United Colonies, assembled yesterday for the first time, for the dispatch of public business; and this day the sitting has been resumed. Our first page is again rendered very interesting; inasmuch as it not only notifies several satisfactory appointments in the Civil Department - but it is there decreed, by the Honourable Court of Policy, that Stabroek is no more! - and hence it will appear that we now live in a metropolis more sacred to our Illustrious Regent than ever - the change being doubtless in honour of him, whose name it has now assumed.


There has been an arrival at St. Vincent, in a very short passage from Wilmington, North Carolina, by which it is learnt, that the Hornet had returned from England; and, in consequence of the dispatches received by her of an unfavourable tenor, an embargo was immediately resorted to. It was directed, that it should be laid on the port of Wilmington on the evening of the day that this vessel left the harbour.

On the subject of the French Fleet, said to be at sea, from L'Orient, the following particulars have been receive from Madeira, by way of private letters: - On the 10th of March, the British brig Carran, on her passage from England to the Brazils, and then in lat. 48. 18. N. long. 5. 58. saw four ships of the line and four frigates to leeward, steering S.W. and shortly after was chased by two other line of battle ships, which proved to be the British ships Poilliers and Tremendous; the first of whom sent an officer on-board the Carran, who stated, that those to leeward were an enemy's squadron, and delivered to the Master of the brig dispatches for our squadron off L'Orient, with which he directed him to proceed immediately; but, in the event of previously falling in with any of our men of war, he was to put them on-board. It appears, too, that, at 5 p.m. the same day, he saw a convoy and shortly afterwards spoke His Majesty's ship Hyacinth, on-board of which, according to his instructions, he forwarded the dispatches; and on the 27th of the month he arrived at Madeira, and gave the above intelligence from his log-book. One line of battle ship continued to watch the enemy; and, as they may probably be joined by others, we hope to hear a good account of them.

We have received the following melancholy intelligence of an earthquake at Caracas, communicated to a Gentleman by his friend at Martinique, in a letter dated "St. Pierre, 18th April, 1812: - Yesterday the sloop Nonsuch arrived from Curacoa, and brings the account of a dreadful earthquake at Caracas and La Guira, in the direction of S.E. and N.W. Seventeen churches at the former place, with 14,000 inhabitants, have perished. It lasted 60 seconds. La Guira, has only 10 houses left entire; it has lost 1500 inhabitants. This dreadful catastrophe happened on Holy Thursday. A Gentleman who came up in the British frigate told the Captain of this vessel, that he was the only person of 17 in number, who was saved from the house they were in. The vessels at anchor struck the ground with such violence, as to be obliged to have recourse to the pumps. Aruba is split in two. At Caracas they were obliged to set fire to the bodies to destroy the stench."

A most shocking murder was committed a few days ago, in the Parish of St. Philip, Barbados, of which the following are the particulars: - A negro man, brought up from childhood, it seems, with the greatest tenderness, but who was about to be sold by his mistress to another branch of the family, to satisfy some demands that were pressing hard upon her, having heard of this intention, questioned his owner on the subject, which being affirmed to, he knocked her down, and drawing a knife from his pocket, cut her throat, stabbed her in several other parts, and then most severely beat the body with a bludgeon. The miscreant has since hung himself.


A small ship, the property of a Chinese, has been condemned at Calcutta, for violating the British Orders in Council, by trading, two years ago, under the colours of a native prince. The Judge recommended a petition to the King in Council, as the Chinese had probably never heard of these Orders.

JAMAICA. [heading]

At the last Meeting of the House of Assembly of Jamaica, who ultimately agreed upon the Memorial to the British Regent, (the substance of which we gave in a late paper), the following resolutions were proposed, but negatived:
"That the present affliction of this colony have been produced by a train of impolitic measures, the effects of which were seen and deprecated, many years ago, by this House, which, by a reference to its Journals, will evidently appear; but, notwithstanding the many representations and repeated warnings to the Government of the mother-country of the inevitable consequences of such baleful measures, yet they have been persisted in, until our ruin is finally consummated.
"That, in consequence of well founded expectations that some assistance would be afforded to the sugar-planters, by permitting a certain portion of sugar, of inferior quality, to be used in distillation, and that proper regulations would be adopted to promote the use of rum in the army and navy, the House did again undertake to pay the usual expences of the military establishment of the island, to the 31st day of December, 1811, and endeavoured to make provision accordingly, by imposing such taxes as were deemed to be the least oppressive, and borrowing money on the public credit, in order to fulfil that engagement; but those hopes having proved illusory, the bill for permitting and regulating the use of sugar in the distilleries having been rejected by the House of Lords, and the price of rum being very considerably reduced, from the diminished consumption, occasioned by the introduction of large quantities of French and Spanish brandies, it is obvious, that the sugar-properties are so unproductive that no profit is derived from those capitals by the owners - on the contrary, they are daily sinking deeper into debt, and must eventually be ruined. Under such circumstances, the House cannot directly impose taxes on the sugar-planter, because it is evident that he has not the means of paying them out of the proceeds of his estate.
"That, on a consideration of the circumstances of the coffee-planter, a scene presents itself, if possible, of a more distressing nature than has previously been stated of the sugar-planters. - Coffee is not saleable in the markets of the mother-country. The British merchant even refuses a consignment of the article, because, in place of its paying any thin to him, it occasions difficulty and embarrassment how to provide money to defray the attendant charges of duty, freight, insurance, &c. &c. and, therefore, he avoids the consignment, as a burthen, instead of a relief; consequently, many of the coffee-planters are unable to provide even the necessary supplies for their slaves from Great Britain or elsewhere. For, if he resorts to the stores in the islands to obtain the indispensable articles of clothing, herrings, salt, &c. &c. which he is bound by the constituted slave-law of the island to furnish annually, upon oath, the merchant or store-keeper tells him, than [sic] his coffee is worth nothing, and that he cannot give credit to a man in such desperate circumstances. It is therefore unnecessary to go into further detail, in order to prove his inability to provide payment for any taxes; for he is positively unable to maintain himself and family, or his slaves; and, if so cruel a policy should be exercise as to impose the burthen of taxes upon a man in this situation, the consequence would be, that, if he could not possibly prevent his property from being levid [sic] on, that a slave, which had cost him £ 140 or £ 150, would be brought to public sale, and actually sold for £ 40 or £ 50, owing to the general distress of the country and want of cash.
"That it be recommended to the House to send a message to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, informing him, that, owing to the distressed and calamitous state of the island, it is no longer able to support the expences of the military establishment, as usually heretofore provided for, and humbly to request, that His Honour will be pleased to take such measures as to him shall seem expedient to relieve the island of that charge after the 31st of December."

For Glasgow. [heading]
[sailing ship icon] The Coppered and Armed Ship Traveller, J. Fisher, Master,
Will positively sail in all June, great part of her cargo being now ready to put on board. For Freight or Passage, apply to
May 5. Douglas, Reid, and Co.

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