ESSEQUEBO [Colophon] & DEMERARY
ROYAL [Colophon] GAZETTE.
October 20, 1812.
A SLUICE - is proposed to be immediately erected on the Canal-dam
of Eve Leary Barracks, of the following dimensions:
Length of Main Body . . . . . . . . 15 Feet.
Openings, in space for door . . . . 5 do.
Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 do.
to be sunk below the level of the Canal.
Any person willing to superintend the entire work, becoming
responsible that it is executed in a sufficient and workman-like manner, to
stand good for two years, (under a penalty of the whole expence incurred) -
will be pleased to send in sealed tenders to this office, on or before the 26th
instant; when they will be opened, and the lowest offer (if approved of)
Labourers and Materials of every description, to be supplied by
Government, with the exception of Masons and Bricks, to be furnished by the
Further particulars may be known, and a plan of the Sluice seen,
on application to the Assistant-Engineer.
Persons also inclined to supply such quantities of Bricks, as may
from time to time be required, by the Royal Engineer Department, for the above
Work, will please send in a separate tender for the same, as above-directed.
Henry St. Hill,
THE Subscribers, on account of the house being sold by the
Proprietor, are under the necessity of removing the business of the late
Alexander Scott, to the house next Mrs. Moorehouse, opposite St. George's
George-Town, Oct. 19. Peter M'Laggan,
ROBERT MURRAY, [heading]
Saddler and Military-Accoutrement Maker, [heading]
BEGS leave to inform the Public, that he has a few military-saddles,
pistol-holsters, and bridles, for sale; together with every appendage necessary
for either horsemen or foot, conformable to the latest regulations of the army;
and that old accoutrements are repaired on the shortest notice, and most
R. Murray has also on hand, a neat assortment of every kind of
saddlery, warranted the best quality of London-made goods, which he will sell
cheap for cash. He makes and repairs all sorts of saddles, bridles, harness,
and whips - and trims chaises off with dispatch. And he will dispose of three
single-horse chaises, on very moderate terms, for which we will take in
payment, good rum at cash-price.
George-Town, October 20.
IN order to obtain regularity, and prevent disagreeable consequences,
it is earnestly requested, that every owner granting permission to their slaves
to slaughter hogs, &c. in the Market of Stabroek, will supply them with a
Pass - either each time they slaughter, or nominating a certain period for that
purpose; otherwise they will be treated as acting clandestinely.
October 20. Joseph Tayler,
Clerk of the Market.
F. HORN, Solicitor, duly admitted and sworn before the
Commissaries of the Honourable Court of Criminal and Civil Justice of this
Colony, begs leave to inform the public, and his friends in particular, that he
has removed his office to the house on Lot No. 18, North-dam, Stabroek - where
he will attend on business, at the usual office-hours; and he assures all those
who may favour him with their affairs, that they may rely on his punctuality
George-Town, October 20.
CARRIED-OFF, from on board my schooner, with other papers, on the
29th of September which day she was taken by, the American privateer-schooner,
Saucy Jack, an Order on Plantation Meer Zorg, accepted by T. Cathrey, Esqr.
drawn in favour of W. Parker Croney, by J. H. Knolman, Esqr. and transferred to
the Undersigned for f 335.
This is to give notice, that the said accepted Order is no longer
valid, and can be of no use to any person but the Undersign, who must of course
receive the amount from the said Thomas Cathrey, to whom it is hoped, this
advertisement will be a sufficient security, in case the same should be ever
presented to him.
Demerary, October 20, 1812, John Hunt.
SECRETARY's OFFICE, [heading]
is to inform the
that the following Persons intend quitting this Colony;-
het Secretary deezer Colonie word geadverteerd
de volgende Persoonen
voorneemens zyn van hier
elders te vertrekken, viz;
Miss Mary Ann Shepherd, in do. or by the First Packet from Oct. 1.
Alexander McRae, in 14 days or 6 weeks, . . . 6.
Archibald Iver, in 14 days, . . . . . 9.
W. Reynolds, in 14 days or 6 weeks . . . . 16.
Secretary's Office, Demerary, October 17, 1812.
PUBLIC VENDUES. [heading]
On Saturday the 24th instant, at the Vendue Office - Firkins of
Irish butter, half-barrels of Irish mess pork, &c. Also a collection of
medical books (a catalogue to be seen at the Vendue Office), three cases of
chirurgical instruments, a do. for the recovery of drowned persons, and a
parcel of splints, of different sizes, for setting limbs. - Cooper on Hernia,
Fordyce on Degestion [sic], Bell's Surger, Fothergill's Works, Mead's Works,
Monro on the Dropsy, White on Lying-in Women, Heborden's Commentaries, Hooper's
Anatomist's Vade Mecum, Underwood on Children, Hunter on the Venereal,
Sydenham's Works, Swediaux on the Venereal, Cullen's First Lines and Synopsis,
Hoffman's Practice, Smollie's Midwifery, Hooper's Medical Dictionary, Medical
Commentaries, Fordyce on Fevers, Manning on Diseases, Bree on Resperation
[sic], Earle on the Hydrocele, Jenner on the Cow Pox, Willan on Cutaneous
Diseases, Fordyce's Practice of Physic, Saunders on the Liver, Cleghorn on
Diseases, Skeete on Bark, Haller's Physiology, Monro on the Army, Thesaurus
Medicaminum, Leake's Midwifery, Letters and Essays by different Practitioners,
Lind on Hot Climates, Healde's Pharmacopeia, Huxham on Fevers, Nisbet's
Clinical Guide, Monro's Practitioner's Medica, Pringle on the Army, Foster's
Midwifery, Hamilton's Midwifery, Pharmacopeia Londinensis, Chirurgica, and
ditto Graves, Heister's Cases, Cullen's Materia Medica, Medical R[mutilated]
Buchan's Domestic Medicine, James's Dispensatory, Darwin's
Zoonomia, Adams's Essays on the Microscope, by Kanmacher, and on Electricity,
Whithering and Robson's Botany, Gibbon's Roman Decline, Kite's Essays on the
Recovery of the Apparently Drown[mutilated]
Shaw's Boyle, Hinslaw's Anatomy, Cullen
on Medicine Theory and Practice of Physic, Anatomical Tables of the Human Body,
Pharmacopeia, Tissot on Health, [mutilated]
Observations on the Chances [sic] of the Air, A Lot of Books of
Doctour Herman Boerhaave, &c. &c.
October 17. Robert Kingston.
[Transcriber's note: compare with 18121017EDRG - the present
advertisement expands with a list of books]
We know of no arrival since our last, capable of communicating any
Foreign Intelligence. Two Vessels, however, arrived this morning from Berbice,
for the purpose of joining the Convoy now over the Bar.
VESSELS CLEARED FROM THIS RIVER SINCE [heading]
OUR LAST REPORT. [heading]
October 15. Brig Harmony, Woodall, for London.
-- Ship Demerary, Dougal, London.
16. Ship Douglas, Evans, do.
-- Schooner John Duncan, Birnie, Barbados.
17. Ship Belleisle, Cameron, Glasgow.
-- Brig Patience, M'Kenny, Bermuda.
-- Brig Claude Scott, Stroyan, Liverpool.
-- Schooner Brothers, Martin, Barbados.
-- Ship Pilgrim, Horn, London.
19. Ship Favourite, Kind, do.
-- Ship Proselyte, Barton, do.
-- Sloop Governor Beckwith, Pierse, Barbados.
Departed this life, last night, Sarah-Elizabeth, Daughter of Mr.
W. Lyng, of this Colony.
IN AMERICA. [heading]
Narrative of John Thompson, one of the Persons in- [heading]
to have been massacred in the Gaol of [heading]
in July last. [heading]
Monday the 27th of July last, I was invited by Mr. Hanson to his house, and in
the evening about twilight, I went there and found from 15 to 20 gentlemen in
his house, most of them known to me. I was told that an attack upon the house
was threatened that night, which they had made preparations to resist and
defeat. I saw some muskets, pistols, and swords in the house, for the purpose
of defence. After being there some time, I understood an arrangement had been
made, that in case of an attack, the direction of the defence was appointed to
Gen. Lee. About eight o'clock, a number of persons were collecting at the
front of the house, who were very noisy and began to throw stones at the
windows, and they broke several of them. The house was in front completely
closed, the door and inside window-shutters being shut, till the stones broke
the glass, and burst open the shutters. Mr. Hanson spoke from the second story
to the mob, and told them if they did not desist they would fire upon them, and
he warned the spectators to go away. Gen. Lee in the house, told them not to
fire unless it should be absolutely necessary, and the doors were forced. The
mob continued to increase and to throw stones more violently, which broke the
windows of the first and second stories. Gen. Lee directed a volley to be
fired from the upper story over the heads of the people in the street to
frighten them away without injuring them. This was executed, and nobody was
hurt. The mob huzzaed, were still more violent, and broke open the lower door.
They were then fired upon, and a man fell at the door upon the inside thereof;
who was immediately taken up and removed by some of the mob. This must have
happened about 10 o'clock, or after. Judge Scot made his appearance and came
into the house, the door having remained open after it was broken and requested
us to leave the house - he was told we should no such thing, that we could not
be secure unless the civil authority interfered, that we were lawfully employed
with Mr. Hanson in protecting him and his house against violence, and whenever
the mob would disperse, or the civil authority interfere, we would retire to
our homes, and not before. - During the night, we continued to defend
ourselves, and never fired but after some new and violent attack. - I believe
it is probable several were wounded.
mob during the night retired, and gathered again, and attempted some fresh
damage. Just about or before day light, the mob brought a field piece, which
was placed near the house, and in front of it, but it was prevented from being
discharged by the arrival of Barney's troop of horse, some of whom were
stationed round the house, and six of them having dismounted, took possession
of the front room on the first floor, and of the back yard! Hanson and his
friends occupied the same places which they had done during the night; so
things remained until Edward Johnson, the Mayor, Gen. Stricker, John
Montgomery, the Attorney-General, James Calhoun, Lemuel Taylor, and several
others, arrived and proposed that we should leave the house. We answered we
had no objection to leave the house, provided the mob would retire, or we could
get home with safety. The Mayor said the mob could not be dispersed, nor would
they be satisfied without we went to goal, and that we should be protected from
them in going to goal, and while in it. To this proposal most of us expressly
objected. Gen. Lee principally carried the conversation on our part with the
Mayor and Gen. Stricker. The Mayor, Gen. Stricker, and the Attorney-General
severally declared and assured us that we should be protected, as well in going
the goal, as in it; and the Mayor pledged his life and his honour that we
should be safe, and that he would die with us, if we should be hurt. General
Stricker expressed himself in similar terms. Also, Montgomery, Taylor,
Calhoun, and their companions, gave us assurance of safety if we went to goal.
- After these assurances, and finding the civil authority would not make any
exertion to disperse the mob, we consented with the advice of Gen. Lee, to give
ourselves up to the civil authority. The Mayor declared his opinion in that we
should not be safe in the goal without a guard, and he and Gen. Stricker
promised there should be one. About eight or nine o'clock on Tuesday forenoon,
we left the house and went under the care and custody of the Mayor, who
preceded us, and we were placed between two lines of infantry, consisting as it
appeared of about fifty Militia; about twenty dragoons mounted advanced before
us to the goal; Gen. Stricker marched on front with the infantry, and an
immense concourse of people were in the streets, some of whom went along, and
we were abused in the most opprobrious language; some stones were thrown with
violence at us, one struck Mr. Kilgore and cut him badly in the forehead; and another
struck Mr. Bigelow, and nearly knocked him down. The distance from Hanson's
house to the goal was about one mile.
our arrival the goal door, and as we entered it, several of us were struck by
some of the mob whom we found there. Being delivered into the custody of John
H. Bentley, the goaler, some time in the forenoon, we were put in a room in the
common criminal department, where we remained the rest of the day. - The
dragoons and infantry left the goal soon after we were placed in it, and they did
not return, nor was there any military guard afterwards. In the afternoon, the
Mayor came to us in the goal, and assured us that there should be a guard, and
that preparations were making to send one. He told us that he would lose his
own life before we should be hurt. Gen. Stricker, was also at the goal,
outside of it. The Mayor having been with us about twenty minutes, went away,
leaving us in the belief that there would be a guard of armed Militia sent to
protect us in the [illegible]aly. During the afternoon we were told several
times by persons admitted to see us, that the Militia were called out and
assembling. Late in the afternoon two butchers, one named Mumma and the other
Maxwell, came into our room, the former having a key in his hand. Mumma asked
me the names of several of the prisoners - I told him. Mr. Hoffman said he
wondered Mr. Bentley should suffer so many men to come into their room, who had
no business there - Mumma answered, that he came there on Mr. Bentley's
business. - They were personally known to me, and some of my fellow prisoners:
we suspected their intentions were not good, and I inquired of Mr. Bentley if
Mumma was a friend of his - Bentley answered, he pretended to be so. I
replied, you ought to know him well before you trust the key of our room in his
hands, and I proposed that he should lock the door and give up the key through
the grate. On the inside the door cannot be unlocked, and there was the outer
door locked. Bentley refused, saying, I cannot do so as you are a prisoner
under my care. The door was immediately locked by somebody, and the mob very
soon began to assemble from various quarters, but no troops were arriving.
This excited much alarm in our room, it being after sun-set, and we apprehended
we were to be sacrificed. About dark the back door of the goal was beset by
the mob, who entered it without breaking it by force. By whom it was opened I
do not know, but by hearsay. They began to break own the wood and iron
gratings in the passage leading to our room, which took them at least three
quarters of an hour. They had the light of torches. The grating of our room
was opened instantly without any exertion, which makes me believe it was opened
by some one having the key, and I believe either by Mumma or Maxwell. The
first person I recognised at the gratings was Henry Keating, who keeps a
printing-office, and him I could have killed with my pistols, but for Gen. Lee
who laid hold of my arm and begged me not to fire, and also prevented Mr.
Murray from firing. It had been agreed that Mr. Murray and myself, being the
strongest men, should rush out and make the best of our way, and every person
was to escape as he could. Some of the mob rushed into the house, and Mr.
Murray and myself rushed out, both of us armed, I had a pistol in each hand,
and he had a dirk and a pistol. We made our way through the passage and hall
without injury, till I was at the front outer door, when I was struck on the
back of my head with a heavy club by some man I had passed, which threw me
forward from the head of the steps, and I fell headlong down about twelve feet;
there I saw a gang of ruffians armed with clubs, ready to destroy whomsoever
should pass down the steps, and six or seven of them instantly assaulted me
while down, and beat me about the head until I was unable to rise; some then
dragged me twenty or thirty yards, while others were beating me with clubs.
They then tried to make me stand on my feet, and looking round I perceived
Lemuel Taylor, and I called upon him to prevent these men from taking my life.
He told the men to desist and said they had beat me enough, and begged them not
to take my life: they said they would kill me: he again repeated that I was
beat enough, and desired I should be let alone, and he would be security for me
for my forthcoming in the morning. They disregarded what he had said, they
dragged me along, and it was proposed to tar and feather me, and as I went
along they continued to strike me with sticks and cubs - one fellow struck at me
with an axe, who missed me; when they had dragged me a considerable distance
and into the old town, they met with a cart and put me into it, and dragged it
along themselves to a place where they got tar. I had left my coat in the
goal, and they tore my shirt and other cloathing and put the tar on my bare
body, upon which they put feathers. They drew me along in the cart in this
condition, and calling me traitor, tory and other scandalous names, they did
not cease to beat me with clubs, and cut me with rusty swords. I received upon
my head, arms, sides, thighs, and back upwards of eighteen cuts of the sword. -
On my head one cut was very deep, beside which my head was broken in more than
twelve places by other instruments, such as sticks and clubs. I received a few
blows in my face, and very many severe bruises on different parts of my body;
my eyes were attempted to be gouged, and preserved by means of the tar and
feathers, though they were much injured.
the same time, as I was laying in the cart, a fellow struck both of my legs
with a bar of iron, swearing - 'D--n my eyes I'll break your legs' - I drew my
legs up and he was led to think and to say he had broke them. Shortly after I
received a blow with a club across my eyes, upon which I lay as if dead,
supposing it would stop their further beating: remaining so for some time, I
was struck upon my thighs, which I bore as if dead; a villain said he would
soon see if I was dead, and he stuck a pin into my body twice, at which I did
not flinch, but still remained senseless as if dead. - Another said he would
shew if I was dead, he pulled a handful of tar and feathers and set fire to it,
and stuck it on my back, which put into a blaze what was on my back - I turned
over suddenly, and rolled upon the flame, which put it out before it reached to
a great height, but I was burnt in several parts. I then rased [sic] upon my
knees and addressed them - 'for God's sake be not worse than savages: if you
want my life take it by shooting or stabbing:' - often I begged them to put an
end to it. Upon this one said 'don't burn him' - another said, 'we will hang
him' - one in the shafts of the cart turned and said to me, 'if you will tell
the names of all in the house and all you know about it, we shall save your life;'
- believing all the damage was done, which could be done by them, I did not
hesitate to say I would. They took me out of the cart upon the causeway, at
Fell's Point, and carried me to the Bull's Island Tavern: there I gave them the
names of the persons in the house (most of them already known by them), whom
they took in writing, and the reason of our being in the house, which was to
defend Mr. Hanson and his house against violence with which he had been
threatened. They detained me about an hour at this Tavern, and offered me some
whiskey, of which I took several glasses, being extremely thirsty and weak from
loss of blood.
then made me walk, with several persons on each side upholding me, towards the
watchhouse, where they said I should be kept till the morning, and that I
should swear to what I had said before a Magistrate by nine o'clock, or if I
did not they would hang me. On my way I was unable to proceed, and stopped
twice for rest. When I first stopped, some of them said they had got all they
could out of me, and they would now hang me. - I rose and went on, and some who
were against hanging me followed, and I was obliged, by weakness, to stop again
- when it was again proposed to hang me, and one person said they would cut off
my head and stick it on a pole. The vote was taken and carried for hanging me,
but some said they should not hang me, that my life had been promised upon
condition of disclosing what I knew, an that the information I might give them
would be of use to them; I was then moved on to the watch-house and delivered
to the Captain of the watch about two o'clock in the morning, who was told that
they held him responsible for my body at nine o'clock. I laid myself on the
floor, a Doctor was sent for by the Captain of the watch, who came and having
removed the tar and feathers, sewed up the wounds on the head, and dressed
them. Between nine and ten o'clock the mob were gathered at the watch house,
and some were for hanging me, saying that I had not sworn to what I had told
them before a Magistrate before nine o'clock, as had been stipulated; and one
of them said the rope was ready. I observed it was not my fault, that I was
not able to go to a Magistrate, and that I was ready to swear to it if they
would bring one. They then brought a Magistrate of the name of Galt, who took
my affidavit, in which was stated the names of the persons in the house, the
causes of their meeting, and the name of the person under whom they were acting
in the house. It was read aloud, and at this period the Mayor, Lemuel Taylor,
and some others arrived, who said they would take me to the hospital out of the
hands of these men. Mr. Taylor said he had no idea of seeing one alive. The
Doctor had lent me a shirt, and I was now provided with a pair of trowsers; the
Mayor sent for a carriage, but the mob said I should not ride in it, that a
cart was good enough for me - and a cart was brought in which I was placed,
stretched out in the cart and exposed to a hot sun. About eleven o'clock, I
was carried to the hospital, the distance of a mile, the Mayor accompanying me
amid the noise of a great concourse of people. There I heard the groans of
Gen. Lee, in a room adjoining, who had been said to be dead.
After the crowd had dispersed, some of
my [mutilated] who did not think me safe, sent me a carriage, in which I was
put, without losing a minute; Gen. Lee was put into the same carriage. We were
hurried away into the country in our wounded, bruised, and mangled condition;
we arrived at York-Town, Pennsylvania, on Sunday evening the 1st of August,
where we received the humane friendly sympathies and attentions of the
inhabitants, and the medical aid of two Gentlemen of the faculty."
Printed & published every Tuesday & Saturday Afternoon,
By Edward James Henery.