Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette 1812 December 19

Vol. VII.]


[No. 538.



By Authority. [heading]

                        Head-Quarters, Barbados,
General Orders. 25th Nov. 1812.
On the first rumour of the actual Declaration of War by the American States, I announced to the Forces under my command, the expected appearance of a new enemy in these seas: - the result having fully justified this early opinion, I judge it necessary to renew and enforce my Order of the 23d of July last, on this important subject, extending its principle to the most minute branches of the services at every Military Station.
The General Officers will feel and inculcate, that the character of this Army can be secured by its discipline alone; which requires, that every subordinate Officer and Non-commissioned Officer shall be perfectly master of the duties expected from him; and if on Guard, Piquet, or Detachment, that he shall be clearly instructed whether he is to defend his Post to the last, or if he is vested with discretion to retire, under certain circumstance of attack.
The approaching season of the year renders it essential that the utmost vigilance shall be exerted on these important points; that all previous dispositions shall be every where perfected; all contingencies anticipated and guarded against, to the extent of the Military means in possession; and that the minds of all Officers and Soldiers shall be made up for every event and for every exertion, which personal honour and public duty may demand.
Commander of the Forces.
S. H. BERKELEY, Dep. Adj.-Gen.

                        Demerary, Dec. 15, 1812.
General Orders.
Major-General Carmichael performs a pleasing part of his military duty as commanding His Majesty's forces in the colonies of Demerary and Berbice, by promulgating the above Orders of His Excellency the Commander of the Forces. He also conceives it incumbent upon him as Acting Governor, and commanding the Militia of Demerary, to draw to their attention His Excellency Sir George Beckwith's Commands and Instructions, which fully apply to all forces of every description that may have to act against the enemy.
The Major-General considers himself happy and fortunate in the honourable command he holds in the present critical state of affairs. In his executive duty in the civil government he is inspired with the utmost confidence in the loyalty and public spirit of the militia and inhabitants in general, who have already given evident proofs of the sentiments that actuate their conduct.
In possessing such advantages the Major-General feels a most imperious duty and responsibility resting upon him - and still more so, as upon his early communications to the Honourable Court of Policy, of the probability that the Americans might be expected to visit these coasts in a hostile manner - the Court resolved on immediate measures of defence, and honoured the Acting-Governor with their confidence in the choice of means he might think necessary to adopt, and the expenditures that might be incurred in consequence thereof.
This patriotic zeal was soon called into action in a certain degree, as the insults to the British flag and plunder of the inhabitants was promptly resented by the voluntary services of the militia, and their sailing to meet the foe, then in sight.
Should the enemy meditate a serious attack upon these colonies, it is difficult to form a judgment at what point or in what manner they may attempt a descent; it is therefore incumbent upon every individual to be vigilant and in constant readiness as well to frustrate surprize, or insidious designs, as to meet the enemy in the open field.
The loyal inhabitants of this respectable colony may rely upon the solemn assurance of the Acting Governor, that he will not compromise the high character that Demerary has for many years maintained, not only for its liberality upon different occasions in aid of the British Government, but its promptitude and alacrity in providing for its own defence, when accident or other objects of the general service might have occasionally left them to their colonial resources.
The Major-General has the most implicit reliance upon the discipline and gallantry of His Majesty's forces, and the militia he has the honour to command.
To the General Officers commanding the troops at Berbice, and to the respective Field-Officers, with the Commandants of militia, and districts of Demerary, confidential and separate instructions will be given, to meet local and temporary events, so as to have a perfect mutual understanding at all points. By a proper system, maintained with resolution, these valuable possessions may be defended against the invidious grasp of Napoleon, or the unnatural attacks of America.
Great Britain has stood single-handed for the protection of the just and lawful right of nations against arbitrary and tyrannic oppression. In such a cause who can be irresolute? What man, wherever he may have first enjoyed the light of Heaven, can timidly and passively submit to the iron yoke of this Ruler, aiming at universal monarchy and conquest, whose power has been acquired by the subjugation of the nations now following him to the slaughter of other victims to his aggrandisements?
Let the Conscriptions, carried on with double alacrity in the former Free and Independent States of the continent of Europe, even against the principles and patriotic feelings of the devoted individuals and their families, evidence this.
This successful General, supereminent Politician, had the presumption to entitle his forces invincible; but the navy of England have proved the reverse of this at sea and her soldiers in Egypt, the plains of Maida, Portugal, Spain, and other quarters of the globe, removed this ideal Ūgis, and convinced the world that Bonaparte's legions and auxiliaries are neither invincible or invulnerable, when opposed to forces whose ardour and valour are excited by fidelity to a great and good King, engaged in the universal and benign rights of humanity.
Major-Gen. and Acting-Governor.
By Command,

NOTICE. [heading]
WHEREAS a certain Good for Thirteen Hundred and Twenty Guilders, payable in rum at f 1 per gallon, and sugar at 3 1/4 s. per lb. by M. Staunton, Esqr. in favour of T. Smith and C. Brown, dated the 3d of August, 1812, was given to me by Mr. Benjamin Jacobs for collection; and that the said Good was taken from on board of Capt. Hunt's schooner Hawk, by the American privateer Saucy Jack. This is to caution the Public against receiving said Good in payment or otherwise, as payment has been already made by Mr. Staunton.
PS. - There were six hundred and seventy-six guilders written off the said Good when taken, and endorsed by Mr. Smith. - Dec. 10.

FOR SALE. [heading]
A few Thousand Fire Bricks, [heading]
Twilled Coffee Bagging, and a valuable House-Boy.
Dec. 16. J. H. & N. W. POLLARD.

FOUND this morning, by a Negro, on the public road, in front of Plantation Vlissingen, and nearly opposite the Royal Gazette Printing Office - a Bunch of KEYS, on a steel ring. There are eleven keys of different sizes, and the proprietor may have them returned, on paying the expence of this advertisement, and a remuneration to the Negro who found them. Apply at the above-mentioned Office.
December 18.

WHEREAS the Negro Seconde, which was advertised as run away in the Essequebo and Demerary Gazette of the 22d of February last, having not as yet made his appearance, and the Undersigned being informed that the said negro is harboured at the Canal of the river Essequebo (commonly called Het Verkeerde Canaal), a reward of Five Joes is hereby offered to any person who will give such information as will lead to the discovery of the person harbouring said negro - and a Joe above the usual reward is also offered to any person who will bring him to the undersigned at Charles-Town, or lodge him in the Colony Jail of Demerary. Said negro had no pass about him, all persons are therefore cautioned against employing him, and masters of vessels warned against taking him off the colony, as the law will be rigidly enforced against such offenders. He is well known by walking lame, from tunboes [sic] in his feet, and is a tall fellow, of a black complexion. J. DE ROOY,
December 15. Guardian of Jurrian Bloker.

For sale by the Subscribers, [heading]
COD FISH, [heading]
In 3, 4, 6, and 8, quintal casks, imported per Ship Thornton, from Newfoundland.
Dec. 18. ROSE & CROAL.

THE remaining stock of JAMES ROBERTSON and Co. will be sold at Vendue on Monday and Tuesday the 21st and 22d instant, without reserve; it comprises
Hoffman's cherry brandy, Rhenish wine, Tarragon vinegar, pickles, olives, capers, salad oil, Wright's and Stoughton's bitters, black pepper, loaf sugar, by the loaf or puncheon; fine hyson tea, in chests and canisters, gunpowder tea, currants, sugar candy, spices assorted, in pound papers; Hudson's bleaching liquid, eau de cologne, perfumery, guaging rods, boxes of bubbles, ditto negro pipes, shot, canvas, flaxen Osnaburghs, tarred, ?bolt, and white rope; spun yarn and oakum, deep sea and fishing lines, boat flags, hour and half hour glasses, double and single blocks, mast-hoops, jib-hanks, gaff-trucks, dead eyes, bound and un-bound hooks and thimbles; yellow bordered green cloth, fine Welch flannel, superfine coat patterns, cassimere, nankeen jackets, broad cloath coats, white and coloured Marseilles vests, cassimere pantaloons, French cambric, white counterpanes, bed ticking, ladies' black and white silk stockings and gloves, cotton stockings, black silk handkerchiefs, gentlemen's morocco slippers, servants' hats, negro hats, check, check shirts, dowlas, negro watchcoats, jackets, blankets, salempores, dust pans, shoe brushes, yellow and black paint, rock cement paint, slate and stone colour; neatsfoot oil; trunks, saddles, toilet glasses, a writing table, a floor cloth, 21 feet by 30, Persian pattern; India shades, barrel lamps, shades and brackets, patent shade candlesticks, a set of glassware, decanters, wine-glasses, handsome cut fruit glasses, and tumblers; grid irons, sod irons, tea trays and waiters, silver table and tea spoons, and ladles, plated candlesticks, cruet and liquor stands; gallon and half gallon measures, coffee sifters, sugar strainers, coffee manaries, copper wire for ditto, 4, 4 1/2, and 5 feet grating bars; hard metal mill brasses, steel steps, iron pots, 1, 2, 3; copper kettles, 15, 20, and 25 gallons; sets of scales and weights, (Dutch), steelyards to weigh 2500 pounds, Dutch weight, with scale board, balance beam, and can hooks; leather fire buckets, hoes, shovels, cutlasses, axes, anchors and grapnels, standing foot scrapers; nails assorted, door and window bolts, hinges, stay-bars, brass and iron locks, carpenters and coopers' tools, masons' trowels, puncheon and hogshead truss hoops, marking irons, and whip saws.
[Transcriber's note: no 'posting' date.]

WANTED to PURCHASE. [heading]
A NEW TENT BOAT, about 24 feet long and 8 wide. Also a strong-built PUNT, about 30 feet by 10. Apply to
Dec. 12. H. B. FRASER.


BY Authority duly obtained from the Honourble Court of Criminal and Civil Justice, of the United Colony of Demerary and Essequebo, I, the undersigned Acting Deputy First Marshal of the Colonies aforesaid, will expose and sell, at Public Execution Sale, on the premises, and in the presence of Two Counsellors-Commissaries and their Secretary, on the Fourteenth Day of May, 1813, at 12 o'clock at noon: in behalf of Kingston and McBean, Attornies of Robert Adamson, as having obtained Right and Title from Ths. Milleken -
The Plantation PARADISE, [centered]
Situated in Essequebo - all conformable to the respective Inventory thereof, now laying at the Marshal's Office, for the inspection of those whom it may concern.
Whoever should think to have any right, title, or claim, on the before-mentioned Plantation Paradise, and intend to oppose the sale thereof, let such person or persons address themselves to me, at the Marshal's Office, in this Colony, declaring their reason of such opposition in due time and form, and I, do hereby give notice, that I will receive such opposition from any one thereto qualified, appoint them a day to have such claim heard before the Honourable Court of Justice, and further, act therein as the Law directs.
Demerary, 16th December, 1812.
Acting Deputy First Marshal.


This is to inform the Pubilc, that the following Persons intend quitting this Colony: -
Abel Allen, and Lady, in 14 days or 6 weeks from Dec. 4.
Secretary's Office, Demerary, December 5, 1812. [sic]
Sworn Clerk.

At the Commissary-Court on the 4th of January [heading]
next, 1813, will be passed the following [heading]
viz. [heading]
1. By the Executors of M. Campbell, deceased, a Transport of the Buildings situated on Lots No. 6 and 7, in front of Plantation Vlissingen, known as the Union Coffee-House, with all their interest in the Lease of said Lot - to Thomas Marsh.
2. By Thomas Marsh, a Mortgage on the same, in favour of the Executors of M. Campbell, deceased.
3. By Wm. Bowing, q.q. H. H. Schaapers, deceased, a Transport of one-third of the Lot or Concession, No. 28, situated in Charles-Town, with the Buildings thereon - to Kalenburg and Bouiller.
4. By the Free Mulatto Woman, Betsy de Jong, a Transport of the undivided Half-Lot, No. 53, situated on the Back-Dam, South-side of Stabroek, with the Buildings thereon - to the Free Woman, Lucy Van Den Velden.
5. By J. Bischoff and J. De Rooy, a Transport of the former North Half of the Concession or Lot, No. 9 [double-check], in Werk en Rust, with all the Buildings thereon - to J. Reinders.
6. By Thomas Dunbrack, a Transport of Plantation Sea Sight, formerly called Zee Zight, situated on Walkenam Island, Essequebo, with all the Cultivation, Buildings, Negroes, &c. - to N. Hazelwood.
7. By N. Hazelwood, a Mortgage on the same - to Thomas Dunbrack.
8. By the Curators of the Estate of John Skeys, deceased, a Transport of the Lot or Concession, No. 57, situate in Kingston, George-Town, in such manner as the same was sold at Public Vendue on the 27th Sept. 1810 - to G. J. Furnace.
Secretary's Office, December 18, 1812.
Sworn Clerk.

For the First Time. [heading]
BANNS of MATRIMONY - between James Williams, bachelor, born in Barbados, and Miss Judith D. Brotherson, born in North America, Spinster, a Minor, but with the consent of and assisted by her Father, C. M. Brotherson, Esq.
Any person knowing any just cause or impediment, why the above parties should not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, must declare the same at the Colonial Secretary's Office.
Secretary's Office, December 19, 1812.
Sworn Clerk.

For the Second Time. [heading]
BANNS of MATRIMONY - between Frederick Alexander Vernede, Bachelor, born in Amsterdam, being of age; and Miss Frances Elizabeth Reisser, Spinster, a Minor, but with the concent [sic] of her Father, and assisted by the Hon. F. P. Van Berkel [sic], L.L.D.
Any person knowing any just cause or impediment, why the above parties should not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, must declare the same at the Colonial Secretary's Office.
Secretary's Office, December 11, 1812.
Sworn Clerk.


[right pointing hand icon] For the Vendue on the 30th instant, see the Gazette of Tuesday last.

[Transcriber's note: no new or modified vendues in this issue.]

The Ship Thornton, from Newfoundland, and the Phoenix, Captain Banks, from Barbados, are the only arrivals since our last - The Opossum, with the Packet in company, departs this evening for Barbados.

We have been favoured with the loan of Philadelphia Papers, of late dates, and for which we confess our obligation - particularly as it was unsolicited - a circumstance which considerably enhances its value.

From the Journals thus announced, we have made as many extracts as possible, and they will be found important - for they develope [sic] the political sentiments and intentions of certainly the most enlightened and valuable Members of the American Community.

The United States, like England lately, (their much-injured and insulted Parent) appear, from the Papers before us, to be on the eve of an election-contest - and, for the Presidency, Madison and Clinton are the candidates. The former's banner of blood waves over one [illegible]rty, and (of course) the olive-branch of the latter, allows the other. Who will be the victor, time alone can say: but we understand, the Gallic Madison spends much for his election, on his hitherto-successful career in Canada!!

Barbados Papers by the above-mentioned vessel, are to the 12th instant; but their contents are not important.



September 25. - The Dey of Algiers was offended with the United States for the delay of his supplies the present season; and it was said an American armed schooner had fired into an Algerine vessel - as satisfaction for which the Dey had demanded 100,000 dollars of Mr. Lear. It was feared hostilities would be resorted to. The supplies had sailed from America; put back once; and sailed again. Since which we have not heard of them, but presume they arrived after a long passage.

October 2. - Important, if true! - Mr. Barrell, who came passenger in the Mark and Abigail, Capt. Foster, from Algesiras, arrived at Portsmouth, New-Hampshire, informs, that the Algerines are at War with America; and that he saw Mr. Consul Lear in the Bay of Gibraltar, on board of the store ship which was sent to Algesiras, and which the Dey would not receive.

Runaway and Arrested Slaves, [heading]
in the Colony-Stocks of Demerary. [heading]



Brought by


Rule (Berbice)

Pl. Grove.



Pl. Zorg en Hoop.


Pl. Anandale,



Pl. Georgia,




Pl. La Redruite. [sic]


Pl. Alliance,

Pl. Industry.


Pl. Affiance,

O. Kernan.


Pl. Velvooren,

J. B. Sandiford.


Col. Berbice,




Van Senden.


Simson, Grant, & Co.

Pl. Rome.


Simson, Grant, & Co.

Pl. Rome.








Pl. Orange Nassau,




Pl. Alliance.


Colony Demerary,

Pl. Jalousie.


Widow Mapp,

Pl. Hope.



Demerary Ferry.

Johnwilliam [sic],


J. Cleland.



Pl. Bats. Adventure.



Pl. Zorg and Hoop.





N. de Weever,

Pl. Cumings Lodge.


G. Lacy,

Pl. Anandale.

December 19. F. STRUNKAY, Scout.

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