Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette 1812 November 17
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1812.
MESS-BEEF in half barrels; New Double ROSE BUTTER, in firkins; NAILS assorted,
TAR, LAMP-OIL, and ROCK SALT, for sale by
Landed and for Sale, [heading]
CAPT. BARTON informs all those who have Goods on board the Ship Pilot, that, unless they are taken from on board, before the end of the ensuing week, he will be under the necessity to land and store them on their account and risk. Nov. 17.
SECRETARY's OFFICE, [heading]
Reynolds, in 14 days or 6 weeks, . . Oct. 16.
PUBLIC VENDUES. [heading]
Thursday the 19th of November, will be sold at the Vendue Office, the following
articles, and what further may appear on the day of sale - Allspice in bags of
6lb. each, sago in bags of 10lb. each, black pepper in bags of 10 and 20lb.
each, gunpowder tea in lbs. double and single refined loaf sugar, red, blue,
and black coarse flannels, Pembroke tables, dining tables, and sideboard
tables, patent shot in bags, kegs of butter, negro blankets, coarse muslin,
sewing silk, India chintz, an excellent beam with a copper and wood scale,
which will weigh from a quarter of a pound to 200lbs. eight kegs of very fine
old Antigua rum, from 7 to 10 gall. each, six pair of plated spurs, kegs of
white paint, and jugs of oil. Also, six Spanish Horses, for which molasses
will be taken in payment, at 10 stivers, per gallon.
Friday the 20th of November, at the Store of Messrs. Hugh Mackenzie and Co. -
Coopers' and carpenters' tools, stay bars and staples, hook and eye hinges,
double ship screws complete, corn mills with fly wheels and hoppers, frying
pans, gridirons, iron tea kettles and pots, iron fish boilers, watering pots,
tin lanthorns, patent and common padlocks, stock locks, desk and trunk locks,
ivory-handled knives and forks, cork screws, plated spurs, ditto bottle
sliders, plated and japanned candlesticks, ditto snuffers and trays, leather
gaiters, stirrup leathers, double and single shot belts, spring girths, razors
and shaving boxes, Buck looking glasses, slates and pencils, Oznaburghs,
thread, childrens' shoes, sail and sewing twine, patent canvas, fishing lines,
Windsor soap, Stoughton's bitters, portmanteaus, snaffle bridles, spare heads
and reins, horse halters, deep sea lines, mattresses with bolsters and pillows,
India jean, longlawns, Irish sheeting, Sheatland [sic] hose, salempores, India
chintz, musquito lawn, Prince's cord, corded dimity, superfine cloth coat
patterns, drab Kerseymere, green baize, table cloths, buckskin and woodstock
gloves, cotton bagging, negro clothing, and what further may appear on the day
Tuesday the 1st of December, at the Vendue Office [see 18121027EDRG] . . .
Wednesday the 9th of December, at the Ship Tavern, by Order of Mr. John
Franklin - One Hundred Tierces Prime Irish Beef, each containing three hundred
and four pounds nett; Two Young Negro Girls, excellent house-servants; a new
Fowling Piece, with case complete; a Port-Folio, containing a collection of
choice Prints and Caricatures; an Iron Chest and a Draft Horse.
By the Burchall's Bag, we have received Barbados Papers to the 7th instant; and, in consequence, are enabled to present our readers, with two articles of foreign intelligence, of a nature somewhat interesting. The first is an official Dispatch from that American General of surrendering notoriety, the blustering Hull, on the subject of his late exploits in Upper-Canada; and the second, has for its subject, the contest between the Constitution and the Guerriere frigates.
On Sunday last came in, the schooner Providence, Skell, from Grenada - having on board the Captains, Passengers, and Crews, of the schooner Mahaicony and Burchall, late from Barbados - the former having been captured off Pomeroon, and burnt, by the Patriot - the latter, taken and retained as a tender, by the Highflyer, American privateers - The Providence herself, was a prize to the Captain of the Patriot - the piratical nature however, of whose conduct towards those whom he captures, deserves to be stigmatized as disgraceful to any civilized belligerent, and diametrically opposite to his instructions - See our North-American Intelligence - For he does not, it seems, content himself with the plunder and conflagration of the vessels he meets with, belong they to wealthy merchants or negro-fishermen; but the personal property of all on board, their clothes, watches, money, papers, (and in allusion to the negro, we had nearly said, the very - lap!) all, all, must become the property of this American Robber! - In justice, however, to Capt. Grant of the Highflyer, we must say, that ever since he has been off the coast, his conduct has been quite the reverse.
We regret having also to announce the capture of the John, Capt. Tyrer, and the Commerce, Capt. Watt; both late from this River. The former fell a prize to the Comet, already too familiar with our readers; and the latter, was taken by the Decatur - as will be seen from the following, which is extracted from an American Paper: - "Arrived at Newbury-port, the privateer brig Decatur, Nichols, from a cruise of 47 days, having captured 11 sail of English vessels, two of which, (the Duke of Savoy and Elizabeth) arrived several days since. On the 6th of September, took ship Commerce, (Watt, late master) from Demerary for Glasgow, 3[?]0 tons, and fourteen 9 and 6 pounders; loaded with sugar, rum, cotton, and coffee, and ordered her for the first port. Had an engagement of about 26 minutes with this ship, in which her captain was killed by a cannon ball, 5 men killed, and 2 badly wounded; the masts, hull, &c. considerably injured, and some of the guns dismounted."
The Memorandum from the Inspector General, lately inserted in the Royal Gazette, has had the desired effect - the removal of obstructions on the public roads, having commenced yesterday by the Colony-Negroes, who, on passing, killed the first loose hog they met with, and bore it away. - This leads us to regret, as of infinite more consequence, that the memorandum from the Fiscal's Office, of the 9th of June, is not more attended to than it is.
Our Advertising Friends are respectfully informed that no article of that nature, can be received in future, on the days of publication, after eight in the morning; and the Subscribers in general, that no Gazettee [sic] will be delived [sic] to a Negroe, after this date, without producing his Master's name in writing.
BARBADOS INTELLIGENCE. [heading]
Bridge-Town, Nov. 7. - On Wednesday last, an alarm was raised for the appearance of a fleet off this coast, which proved to be that from Cork, which sailed thence on the 22d September, and, having touched at Madeira, left that Island on the 19th ult. under convoy of the Fawn and Helena sloops of war.
We have been favoured with the following extract, from the log book of an Officer, who was on board His Majesty's ship Guerriere, in the late action with the United States frigate Constitution -
"His Majesty's ship Guerriere being on her return from a cruise, her foremast and bowsprit crippled, and most of her fore-rigging gone: - on the 19th August, Lat. 40. 20. N. and Long. 55 W. at two o'clock P.M. saw a sail on her weather beam - coming down before the wind - made sail in chace. At three P.M. made her out to be a man of war. Went to quarters, and cleared for action. At four o'clock the chace was discovered to be the United States' frigate Constitution, which we had formerly chased off New-York, but which had escaped, by superior sailing, from the English squadron - Hauled up the courses, took in the top-gallant-sail, backed the main-top sail, and hoisted an ensign at each mast head. The enemy shortened sail and hauled to the wind. Filled our main-top-sail. At 4 h 15 m, the Constitution bore up and hoisted her colours at each mast head. Fired a shot over him, and finding it to go about half a mile beyond him, gave him our starboard broadside, and wore to give him our larboard. At 4 h 20 m. the enemy commenced firing; wore several times, to avoid being raked; exchanged broadsides. At 5, our opponent closed within half pistol shot on our starboard beam, both steering free, and keeping up a heavy fire. At 5 h 20 m. the mizen-mast was shot away, fell over our starboard quarter, and brought the ship up in the wind, against her helm, which exposed us to a heavy raking fire from the enemy, who placed himself on our larboard bow, a few only of our bow guns could be brought to bear on him; whilst his grape-shot and riflemen in his tops, were sweeping our deck. At 5 h 40 m, the ship not answering her helm, he attempted to cross our bows and lay us on board. At 5 h 55 m. our bowsprit got foul of his larboard quarter - got the boarders up to board him, but the sea running two [sic] high, it was found to be impracticable. Both ships keeping up a fire with musketry, and we with our bow gun, the only one that would bear. At this time, most of our men on the quarter deck and forecastle were picked off by the musketry. At 6 h 20 m. the ship coming to, we brought some of our bow guns to bear on him, and got clear of the enemy. The fore and main masts then went over the starboard side, and completely disabled our guns. The Constitution immediately made all sail a head, leaving the Guerriere, an unmanageable wreck. All hands were immediately employed in clearing the wreck, in hopes of being able to get the ship before the wind to recommence the action: but just as we had completed clearing her, the spiritsail yard went away, and left the ship in the trough of the sea, rolling her main deck guns under water. Our opponent, by this time, had refitted and wore round to rake us - and all attempts to get the ship before the wind, or to bring any of our guns to bear, proving in vain - the ship in a sinking condition; much shattered in her hull, many shot between wind and water, with one third of her crew killed and wounded - Captain Dacres called his remaining Officers together: when all were of opinion, that any further resistance would be a useless expence of lives. At 6 h. 45 m. the jack was taken from the stump of the mizen-mast.
The Guerriere was a frigate of 1084 tons burthen, taken from the French in 1808, and had 302 men and boys, belonging to her - but the Third Lieutenant, Second of Marines, three Midshipmen, and forty four men, were away in prizes; there were ten American seamen on board, who had belonged to her for some years - but as the Declaration of War against Great Britain was not known when she sailed, there had been no opportunity of discharging them; and Captain Dacres, considering it as unjust to compel a native of the United States to fight against his countrymen, granted them permission to quit their quarters and go below - so that she had only actually in the action 244 men and 19 boys."
for the Privateer Armed Vessels [heading]
The tenor of your commission, under the Act of Congress, entitled "An Act
concerning Letters of Marque Prizes and Prize Goods." will be constantly
in your view. The high seas referred to in your Commission, you will
understand generally to extend to low water mark, but with the exception of the
space, neither one league nor three miles from the shore of countries at peace
both with Great Britain and with the United States; you may, nevertheless,
execute your commission, rather than detain the shore of a nation at war with
Great Britain, and even on the waters within the jurisdiction of such nation,
if permitted so to do.