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Hartford Times, Aug. 10, 1840


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Hartford Times 1840/Aug10

FROM UPPER CALIFORNIA.-- a report was brought to this country by the latest arrivals from Mexico, that forty seven American citizens, from Upper California, had been taken into Tepic, near San Blas, in irons. We find in a translation from a Mexican paper, made by the Journal of Commerce, a detailed statement of the affair. It says that these men, or these yankees as they are termed, were engaged in instigating a revolution in Upper California, which beautiful and fertile country they had determined to steal, in the same manner that the speculators of new Orleans has stolen Texas. They commenced their operations by holding meetings at a place called Nitavitas, near the mission of St. John the Baptist. The present Governor, Juan Bautista Alvarado, being informed of it, proceeded with the greatest activity to ascertain the object of these designs, and made a dash upon fifty foreigners (reunidos) at that place, who offered resistance, and one of whom was killed. The rest, being well secured, were placed on board the bark Guipuzcoanna, Jose Antonio Aguirra, guarded by twenty-five men, under command of Jose Castro, which vessel arrived at San Blas on the 19th of May last.

N. Y. Eve. Post.

FROM VERA CRUZ.--The bark Una, from Vera Cruz, July 16th, brings $48,752 in specie.

Among the passengers in the Una, are Don Pedro Fidel Castello, Joaquin V. de Leon, and Lucas Palacio, Mexican Commissioners, appointed under the late Treaty with the United States. They are to meet the American Commissioners at Washington, and there proceed to an adjustment of the claims pending between the two countries, whether of American citizens upon the government of Mexico, or Mexican citizens upon the government of the United States. So far as the Commissioners of the two countries agree, in regard to the validity of said claims, their decision is to be final. In case of disagreement on any particular claims, such claims are to be referred to the Prussian minister as umpire, whose decisions the two governments have mutually agreed to abide by.

John Coffin Jones, Esq., late U. S. consul at the Sandwich Islands, has also arrived in the Una.


In Middletown, on the 2d inst. by Rev. J. Holdich, Rev. Bostwick Hawley, of Cazinovia, N. Y., to Miss Elizabeth R. Webber, of the former place.

In Framingham, Mass., Philip D. Edmonds, of Lowell, to Miss Susan Harriet Willis, also, Thomas S,. Edmonds, of Lowell, to Miss Harriet Susan Willis. The bridegrooms were twin brothers, and the brides twin sisters.


In Haddam, on the 21st ult., Mrs. Lydia Pilgrim, wife of Mr. Thomas Pilgrim, aged 85.

In West Hartford, on the 5th inst., Lucy Sedgwick, daughter of Mr. Harvey Goodwin, aged about 4 years.

In Middletown, on the 7th inst., Henry L. Dekoven, Esq., aged 56; and on the 3d inst., Mr. Dennis Coe, aged 39.

Hartford Times 1840/Aug 10

STORM--FOUR PERSONS KILLED.--The Mountaineer, published at Edenberg, Cambria county, Pa., states tht a severe gale of wind visited that section of the country on Tuesday evening, June 30, which raged for some time with great violence, prostrating trees, fences, etc., but did no serious damage to buildings in that immediate vicinity. Eight miles east of tht place, near the turnpike, the dwelling of Mr. Daniel Downey was torn from its foundation, and himself and three of his children crushed beneath the ruins. A neighbor, who witnessed the prostration of the building, obtained assistance immediately. The three children were found lifeless amid the ruins, and their unfortunate parent so much injured, that he only survived them a few hours. His wife, was in the house when it fell, escaped without much injury.

Hartford Times, 1840. Aug 10

CENSUS of MIDDLETOWN.--P. Rainey, Assistant Marshal, has just completed taking the census of this city and town. The following is the result:

1830 1840 Increase.

No. Inhabitants in town, 6,892 7,177 285 " in city, 2,985 3,508 541

The loss in Durham, since 1830 is 25.

Middletown Sentinel.

THE ARABIAN HORSES.--The two Arabian hoses, sent by the Imaum of Muscat as a present to the President of the United States, were sold on Tuesday, at Washington, as we learn from the Baltimore sun. The light gray was taken by L. M. Powell, Esq., of Virginia, at $650, and the dark gray by Gen. John H. Eaton, of Tennessee, at $675.

+ The honorary degree of LLD has been conferred upon the Hon. Robert Strange, M. C., at Rutger's College, new Brunswick, N. J.

The Philadelphians have held a meeting and chosen a committee to report upon the expediency of establishing a line of steam packets between that place and England.

MURDERED BY A GIRL.--A boy, 8 years of age, the only son of J. C. Wilson, of Baltimore, was drowned in a well on the 27th ult., near Warrentown, Va. A negro girl, living with the family was apprehended and confessed that she had inveigled the child to the well, to see a bird's nest, and pushed him in. the anguish of the parents may be conceived. The wretch was imprisoned.

CARRIER PIGEONS.--Capt. Jones, of the ship Flavins, of this port, who arrived at Newcastle, E. June 6, from Antwerp, reported that on the 2d, at noon, in lat. 52 10N., long. 3 25 E, a pigeon alighted on board, which was found to be a bearer of despatches from Paris, dated may 31, and also news from Spain, being a distance of 250 miles. The pigeon was probably exhausted during the flight, as it allowed itself to be easily caught on board the Flavins.

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